At this weekend's "Year One" press junket, MTV's Josh Horowitz got to spend some quality time with the always-affable writer/director/ghosbuster Harold Ramis. As most of you probably know, "Ghostbusters 3" has been on the lips of Ramis and his cohort Dan Aykroyd for quite some time.
First they were calling the video game, which releases this week(!), the "official" third "Ghostbusters" movie. Then things went a step further, with the revelation that "Year One" co-writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are in fact working on the script for a third movie.
Most recently, we heard the original "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman may in fact return to helm the still-truckin' project. For fans of Stay-Puft Marshmallow Men, free-roaming vapors and hilarious quotables like "Get her!," this is roughly the greatest news ever. Ramis shared a bit of his own sordid history with the "Ghostbusters" director, as they -- along with John Landis -- jockeyed through the '80s, delivering classic comedy after classic comedy.
Speaking on the "Ghostbusters 3" director's role, Ramis said "[Reitman and I are] both in the same position. Unfortunately, it started with 'Animal House.' John Landis directed 'Animal House,' but both Ivan and I wanted to direct it. Ivan did 'Meatballs' right after I did Caddyshack.' Right after he did 'Stripes,' I did 'Vacation.' He did 'Ghostbusters.'" It's interesting to note that Ramis may not have directed those Reitman films, but he did write them.
What does all of this mean? Only that both filmmakers are strong possibilities for the directing gig. As Ramis said, "it's not like we compete with each other, but I'm sure we're both viable candidates. If he didn't want to do it, I think everyone assumes I might be able to or capable of it."
Not a competition, eh? What if they both want the gig? "I'm sure he has dibs on it. He did the other two," Ramis replied. Fair enough, Egon. Fair enough.
Which would you prefer, Ramis or Reitman? And is there really any difference when we're dealing with such talented comedic minds?