Phil Lord and Chris Miller Reportedly Pass on Directing ‘Ghostbusters 3’

By April 8, 2014

Just a few weeks ago, filmmaker Ivan Reitman announced he was stepping down from the Ghostbusters 3 director’s chair, saying that he’ll only be producing the long-gestating sequel. This being the internet, almost immediately there were wishlists popping up on movie sites suggesting potential replacements, and two names rose above the rest as clearly the best men for the job: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys who directed 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and The LEGO Movie.

Though they clearly have a reputation for turning terrible-sounding ideas into great films, I never thought they’d get anywhere near this project, but as it turns out, the duo met with Sony the very next day to discuss the possibility of directing it. But apparently things didn’t go as well as some hoped, because Jeff Sneider from The Wrap says that the guys have dropped out of the film altogether:

Chris Miller, Phil Lord

A few thoughts immediately come to mind. The first is that I’m glad these guys aren’t doing this, because at this point there are so many expectations since the project has been teased for so many years that even they might not be able to make something great out of it. Secondly, I’m glad they aren’t doing it because I don’t think Ghostbusters 3 needs to exist at all. I feel like it’s a perfect example of making a sequel for the wrong reasons (read: brand recognition), and I can’t imagine that the fans of the first one will be satisfied with a new movie. If you’re going to do something, reboot the entire thing and start from scratch instead of tacking on another sequel so many years later. And finally, I’m really glad Lord and Miller aren’t directing because that hopefully means that they’ll move on to something more interesting instead, and I can’t wait to see what these guys choose as their next directorial effort.

Now, it should be noted that the duo fell off both Cloudy and LEGO before ultimately returning to direct those films, so there is still a possibility that they end up directing Ghostbusters 3, but I’m hoping that the giant sigh of relief I’m heaving right now will make its way across Hollywood to their offices and that they’ll realize they made the right call by walking away from this film. What do you think, though? Should they have stayed on board? Do you want to see them return and direct this sequel?

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