What GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Title & Cast Could Have Been

December of 2013, screenwriter Etan Cohen ("Men In Black 3") finished his second Ghostbusters 3 draft. The film's producer Ivan Reitman, who at that time was attached to direct, sent an email to Sony that reveals the title and his plan for the cast.


Exactly one year ago, Ivan Reitman, who directed Ghostbusters (1985) and Ghostbusters II (1989), sent Sony Entertainment Chairman Amy Pascal an email containing the second draft of the Ghostbusters 3 script and notes on the potential cast. At that time, Reitman was attached to produce and direct. We don't know much about the plot, but it would have featured 'Ray Stanz' (Dan Aykroyd), 'Egon Spengler' (Harold Ramis) and 'Winston Zeddemore' (Ernie Hudson) passing the baton to a younger generation of Ghostbusters. Sadly, a month after this email was sent out Harold Ramis passed away. Soon after, Reitman stepped down as the director, citing Ramis' death and Bill Murray's lack of interest in reprising his role of 'Peter Venkman' as being the reasons. So, the information below should be viewed as a "would've, should've, could've." Keep in mind, the brief character descriptions below are not from Reitman's email. They are from a character breakdown, which was reported in April by The Wrap's Jeff Sneider, that match the characters listed in Reitman's email.

Let's get to it! Ghostbusters 3 would've been titled, GHOSTBUSTERS: ALIVE AGAIN. For the role of 'Chris,' the son of Bill Murray's 'Peter Venkman,' Reitman was considering Adam Pally ("The Mindy Project"), Charlie Day ("Pacific Rim") and Jesse Eisenberg ("Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"). Reitman told Pascal, "I have met with all three, and frankly this is the piece of casting I'm the most unsure about." The 'Chris' role is a bit of a surprise as it was assumed 'Oscar,' the son of 'Dana Barrett' (Sigourney Weaver) in Ghostbusters II would be considered or treated like Venkman's son. Maybe he was left out of the script to distance itself from the last film, which was poorly received.

The other male lead was 'Jeremy.' He was described as the leader of the younger generation of Ghostbusters. Reitman only had Jonah Hill ("22 Jump Street") listed for the part, and said he was meeting with Hill soon to give him the lastest script to read.

The female lead would have been a doctor by the name of 'Anna.' Reitman met with Brie Larson ("The Gambler") and Anne Hathaway ("The Dark Knight Rises"). He said both had "expressed a strong desire to do it."

The film's comic relief was an older male named 'Dean,' but the agency breakdown in April listed his name as 'Eean.'  Reitman had Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover") listed for the role, and mentioned that he was going to meet with him in a month.

The film's main villain was named 'Gniewko' on Reitman's list, but 'Eniewko' on the casting agency breakdown. Close enough! Reitman wanted Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat") to play the part, but hadn't approached the actor. He was hoping to fill out the rest of the cast before pursuing him. Though, Pascal had someone else in mind for the role. She wanted Will Ferrell ("Elf"), but Reitman didn't believe he would be 'effective' as the film's villain.

There were three minor roles listed that weren't apart of the agency character breakdown, so we don't know anything about them except for which actors Reitman had in mind. For the role of 'Ashley,' Reitman met with Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect"), who said she wanted to do it. Lastly, Parks And Recreation actors, Aubrey Plaza and Aziz Ansari, were penciled in for the roles of 'Joni' and 'Jon.' 
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