'Lego Movie' Directors in Talks for 'Ghostbusters 3,' Plus: Doug Liman Will Tackle 'Splinter Cell' with Tom Hardy

'Lego Movie' Directors in Talks for 'Ghostbusters 3,' Plus: Doug Liman Will Tackle 'Splinter Cell' with Tom Hardy

Mar 20, 2014

Ghostbusters logoWe’re all still coming to grips with the passing of Harold Ramis, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t still moving forward (can we call it forward at this point? Maybe it’s more accurately described as in circles) with plans for a third Ghostbusters movie. Is this even a good idea at this stage? The project was already looking at the grim prospect of progressing without Bill Murray, then Harold Ramis. Now it’s missing original director Ivan Reitman too.

Reitman, who was a close collaborator with Ramis, has decided that he won’t be returning to direct the third film after all. The filmmaker explains his rationale in an interview with Deadline, which is definitely worth reading if only because it helps clear up some of the conjecture about the project, and seemingly confirms the worst case scenario news that this new Ghostbusters aims to give the original team minor roles. Reitman is still hard at work as a producer, though, and he’s committed to finding new directors so the project can move forward.

Former Deadline boss Nikki Finke took to Twitter to reveal who those new directors might be:

All things considered, Lord and Miller seem like a decent choice. They've done wonders with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, and seem like the go-to duo for a project like this that needs some good buzz. It’s still hard to shake the feeling that Ghostbusters 3 sounds like a bad idea at this point, but if these guys are on board, we're on board.

Doug Liman sneaks around Splinter Cell

Splinter Cell Conviction

With an August start date right around the corner, and Tom Hardy locked into the play iconic video game character Sam Fisher, time is running out for New Regency to hire a helmer for its Splinter Cell movie. Luckily, it looks as though Doug Liman may come to the rescue.

THR reveals that Liman is in final negotiations to oversee the adaptation, which will feature Hardy playing a spy for the secretive Third Echelon – a group that keeps us safe from terrorists. The game franchise is very popular -- having moved over 23 million units -- and was marketed under the Tom Clancy banner.

Liman, who has covered similar ground with films like The Bourne Identity, seems like a decent fit for the production – which has languished in various stages of development over the years. 


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