Even with two “Ghostbusters” reboots one the way — one for each gender — it seems everyone has an idea about how the franchise should be continued or reset. And Max Landis is one of them. Last year, the screenwriter teased his idea for “Ghostbusters 3” on Twitter, and now, he’s expanded on it. Big time.
Landis dropped his full 4,700 word treatment for “Ghostbusters 3” on his blog. Just to be clear, he has never pitched it, and describes as “essentially fan fiction.” He’s really just releasing it due to an apparent demand from fans, so there you go. With that being said, we wonder how many Sony execs are still going to give this an eye?
We’ve included the first few paragraphs below, but you to read the whole thing, you’ll have to click right here.
We start in the 1920s, where we witness cult leader Ivo Shandor proclaim the prophecy of the two comings of Gozer, one a failure, and the second thirty years later, to destroy the world. One of his followers speaks out, and is killed for his insubordination…becoming the spirit who is eventually known to us as Slimer.
Slam to 2016.
Ghostbusters was a national franchise, privately owned and government subsidized. But the lack of extradimensional invaders meant that there was ultimately a very limited amount of ghosts to bust, and the very optimistic national expansion slowly depleted the Buster’s funds (“Did the Atlanta chapter really need a helicopter?”). The Ghostbusters remain iconic, but despite the merchandise, cartoon show, etc, the company itself is bankrupt, on the verge of collapse.
Only two houses remain open; there hasn’t been a legitimate call in more than ten years. The original Busters are for the most part long gone; Venkman took the money and disappeared into seclusion, Winston Zeddemore quit the busters in 1991 and has since become a Richard Branson style billionaire, and Egon Spengler accidentally ascended to a higher plane of existence, leaving only the increasingly delusional Ray Stantz, who has run the company into the ground….