Before we get into the nitty-gritty, I hear some incredibly talented young film reviewer posted his thoughts on Nicolas Cage's latest vehicle, "Bangkok Dangerous" over at cm-life.com.
Now that we have that crappy movie out of the way, let's talk about Hollywood's favorite pastime--doing the same thing they have been doing for years and years, over and over again.
Variety reported that Columbia Pictures has co-executive producers of "The Office" Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky writing a screenplay for a third "Ghostbusters" movie. According to Variety, the film would reunite the original cast of Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, and there are rumors that the movie may introduce some new, younger Ghostbusters as well. Ramis and Aykroyd wrote the previous two movies in the franchise.
Eisenberg and Stupnitsky recently scripted the Apatow-produced comedy "Year One," so I am guessing this is what "new" and "younger" will end up meaning:
Also, chances of Rick Moranis returning are slim, so that leaves room for a new lovable nerd character:
McLovin' in "Ghostbusters 3." I would put honest-to-God money down on it.
In other sequel news (which I believe to be an oxymoron; how can it be news if it's already happened before?), Deadline Hollywood is reporting that both director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire have been signed on for "Spider-Man 4."
Sony seems hopeful to milk that deal, and shoot "Spider-Man 4" and "Spider-Man 5" back-to-back, based on a 2-movie script written by "Zodiac" scribe Jamie Vanderbilt. Reports say that although the villain has yet to be announced, audiences will immediately know who is playing him when the character is revealed, suggesting that it is a character who has appeared in some capacity in previous films.
Scads of forum talkbackers have immediately taken this to mean that Dr. Curt Connors, played in all three films by Dylan Baker, will finally make the transformation into the Lizard.
Others still are betting on a dark horse: J. Jonah Jameson's son John, Mary Jane's fiance in the second film, played by Daniel Gillies. In the comics, he becomes the villainous Man-Wolf, taking on Spider-Man a few times before marrying the She-Hulk, and becoming a space god. That's comic books for ya.
One theory that I haven't seen yet, and hopefully this is because Sony recognizes this as a terrible idea, is that the villain is Ben Reilly, AKA Scarlet Spider, an honest-to-God clone of Peter Parker who was introduced in the '70s, and absolutely refused to go away throughout most of the '90s. Although, it would be pretty obvious who would play him, no?
"Spider-Man 4: Milking It For All It's Worth" is currently slated for a May 2011 release.