Posts Tagged ‘Gene Stupnitsky’

To the Edge of Pointlessness: Ghostbusters 3

March 29, 2009

ghostbustersDo fans actually sit down and say, “God, wouldn’t it be great if there was another Ghostbusters movie?” History has it that the original 1985 film made $238.6 million on its original release. The 1989 sequel made $112.4 million, suggesting fan enthusiasm had waned over the five years. No doubting the affection in which the first film is held: Rotten Tomatoes has it at 93% positive. Ghostbusters 2? A rating of 53% percent makes it an even blech.

This doesn’t reckon with the Ghostbusters zealot, who presumably has the tattoo, the home-made Proton pack, and the complete animated series on DVD. But now they’re bored. They crave more Venkman and Gozer. And, as MTV reminds us, the combination of an unproven wave of 1980s remakes (Beverly Hills Cop we can kinda understand, but Arthur? Seriously?) and the popularity of the supernatural demonstrated by Twilight, makes Ghostbusters ripe for exhumation. We already know No. 3 is in the works. Now GB vet Harold Ramis provides MTV with the details. How pretty is it?

“We’re all going to be in it in different kinds of roles,” Ramis said. “We’re going to be the sage mentors. There are going to be young Ghostbusters.”


Trailer Snark: Year One

March 21, 2009

The Bible and comedy are not things … just think about Evan Almightyand stand the hell back. But if somebody packages the ribald smart-assery of Jack Black and that dying on the vine thing that Michael Cera does, then you could pull in a few paying punters. And what if you decided to have them play guys wandering around the land of the Old Testament? Well, that’s when it all starts getting a little Sodom and Gomorrah.

The full-length trailer for their new comedy Year One, directed by Harold Ramis, doesn’t help things much. At first it seems like it might be a spoof of 10,000 B.C., with Cera and Black’s barbarians sitting around in pelts and knocking women over the head with clubs. But a miffed Black decides to cut out on his own after imbibing on the Tree of Knowledge, and soon this odd couple are crossing paths with Cane and Abel and doing a stoning scene that isn’t nearly as funny as Life of Brian. In fact, the whole thing has the cobbled together feel of a Friedberg/Seltzer production, except with a “Look, it’s Sheba!” instead of “Look, it’s Captain Jack Sparrow!” element. Still, we like the way Jack Black says, “Take her back to your hut!” and if you make Groundhog Day, then you can be forgiven most things.

So, do you think Year One is worth marking the calendar for?

Year Onehas a story by Harold Ramis. Ramis wrote the script with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. The pair’s resume includes episodes of The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm. They have both appeared as the Vance Refrigeration delivery guys in the former series. According to Wikipedia, they may also be working on the new Ghostbusters 3-D film. Year One opens on June 19.