Lazy Sunday News: ‘Ghostbuster 3’ script, ‘Hellboy 3’, and People suck

by W. Andrew Powell

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis

Lazy Sunday News is back for 2011 and this week I look at the possible Ghostbusters 3 and Hellboy 3 sequels, those oh-so-lame People’s Choice Awards, a possible Wonder Woman television series that may be coming soon, and a look ahead at Justin Bieber and Glee.


GHOSTBUSTERS 3 SCRIPT: A mystery writer has completed the job, and now a script for Ghostbusters 3 is on its way to actor Bill Murray. That’s what director and producer Ivan Reitman has told the Associated Press, although there is no word on whether Dan Aykroyd or Harold Ramis have been sent the script as well, or how long it might take to get a sequel together. All Reitman would say was that it’s a “very good script” and “nothing you’ve read on the internet [about the script] is accurate”.

As any fan will surely attest though, is there anyone who really believes a sequel will be worth the effort? I want to believe that it’s going to be a solid sequel that makes me believe in the Ghostbusters again, but let’s be honest: it’s unlikely to happen. The original Ghost Busters (yes, the film originally came out with a space between the two words) was the best thing Reitman has directed to this day, so unless a miracle director (I want to pretend that Ruben Fleischer of Zombieland fame might actually one of the few directors I’d trust to make this film work) comes along to helm the project, I’m not hopeful.


HELLBOY 3: Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman may not be that far away from making a Hellboy sequel if a recent io9 interview is to be believed.

For some time Del Toro has said that he wanted to make a sequel, but Perlman didn’t want to sit through the makeup for the film again, but in an interview with io9, Perlman said, “All you have to do is convince to Guillermo to say yes to making the movie.”

When io9 told Perlman that Del Toro had been blaming the lack of a sequel on him, Perlman said:

“Yeah he’s blaming me and I’m blaming him… Hellboy 2 was not an easy shoot. Both of us walked away very tired and very beat up. But a lot of time [has passed] and [a] lot of water has gone under the bridge, I’m well healed–and just knowing what his idea was for the third installment of the trilogy and how epic and theatrical and powerful a film it would be, it’s got to be made. I really feel like its got to be made. It would be a great disservice to the first two films if you don’t see how they wind up.”

While I’m dying for a sequel, I can’t shake the fact that the second Hellboy was… mediocre at best. Hopefully Del Toro and the great Perlman can find a better vibe before they complete the trilogy.


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS: This one is a no-brainer, but the People’s Choice Awards are a complete waste of time, and they proved that this week when the worst film of 2010 earned the title of “Favorite Comedy Movie”. Yes, Grown Ups, which was rated one of the worst films of the year, won for best comedy while The Twilight Saga: Eclipse won for Favorite Movie (over worthy titles like Inception and even Toy Story 3). Eclipse also won for “Favorite Drama Movie”, over The Social Network, and the very crappy A Nightmare on Elm Street remake won for Favorite Horror Movie over the superior films The Crazies, and Let Me In.

That only scratches the surface of these lame ass awards, but it’s a sad day when a film like Grown Ups can win anything, and it further proves to me that we don’t need pointless awards voted on by the people when this is what they chose to “honour”. In the end, people vote for movies with their money, and the box office is a far better way to recognize that. After all, in ten years is anyone really going to remember these award and think, “Oh, yeah, Grown Ups was a classic…”


WONDER WOMAN: Okay, the good news first. Warner Bros. Television hired David Kelley to write and produce a new Wonder Woman television series, and the rumour mill has been churning that the relatively unknown hottie Tanit Phoenix, who stars in the upcoming direct-to-DVD movie Death Race 2 might be cast as Wonder Woman herself.

Now the bad news: as of last week all of the major networks have passed on the series, possibly because the show was going to cost a lot to make.

All I can say is I’m all for Phoenix landing this gig, and I hope a good network will pick up the series. (Just as long as it’s not SyFy. Based on them fumbling and dumping the phenomenal series Stargate Universe, I hope the network crawls in a hole and dies somewhere out of human sight.)


JUSTIN BIEBER MEETS GLEE: It sounds like we may have dodged a huge bullet, Glee fans, because apparently a Justin Bieber-Centric Glee episode was rumoured, but has ultimately been shot down by Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, who said Bieber simply doesn’t have enough music to be featured throughout an entire episode.

“Those [tributes] are reserved for artists with big catalogs,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

Sadly, Glee fans haven’t dodged Bieber entirely as Murphy said, “Bieber comes up in episode 13 as a small plot point. Sam [Chord Overstreet] sings a JB song to win Quinn’s [Dianna Agron] approval.”

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