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GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Set to Begin Shooting in 2015

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GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Set to Begin Shooting in 2015

MTV Reports that the long-awaited reboot of the "Ghostbusters" franchise is set to begin shooting in early 2015.

Ivan Reitman, who directed the two original movies about a group of NYC ghost hunters, has chosen to take a producing role for the next round of films, a decision made in light of the death of his longtime friend Harold Ramis.

That leaves a juicy opportunity for another director to take the reins, bringing the beloved Ghostbusters to a whole new generation of moviegoers - and to assemble a cast who can hold their own against the misty water-colored memory of Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddmore.

As for who that director might be: there's a reported shortlist floating around Hollywood as we speak, but it's a fair bet that Barry Sonnenfeld is at the top of it.

In addition to having worked previously with new "Ghostbusters" scriptwriter Etan Cohen, Sonnenfeld's resume - most notably the "Men in Black" franchise - shows a wealth of experience in bringing both thrills and laughs within the same movie. When it comes to reproducing the original franchise's unique mix of horror and humor, he'd be more than capable.

Perhaps more important, though, will be the cast. The original "Ghostbusters" had heavyweights Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson playing its quartet of supernatural exterminators, not to mention appearances by Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis in supporting roles.

The original Ghostbusters was released in the United States on June 8, 1984. It was a critical and commercial success, receiving a positive response from critics and audiences and grossing US$238 million in the United States and more than $291 million worldwide. It was nominated for two Oscars at the 57th Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song.

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