Men In Black 3 screenwriter will re-write Ghostbusters 3

Etan Cohen is on busting duties

Ghostbusters 3 has a new screenwriter in the form of Men In Black 3's Etan Cohen, who has answered Dan Aykroyd's (increasingly desperate) call to help lick the long-gestating sequel into shape.

A few weeks ago, Bill Murray revealed that, "they just don't have a really good script", referring to the work done by The Office: An American Workplace duo, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. It was a reflection echoed by Aykroyd's decision to hire a new writer, as announced earlier in the month.

"It's got to be perfect," conceded Aykroyd. "That's the whole thing. There's no point in doing it unless it's perfect. So that's what we're up to now." Cohen is the man charged with improving things, arriving fresh off the back of his duties as the sole credited writer on Men In Black 3.

The new Ghostbusters film isn't the only supernatural comedy Cohen is currently working on at present, as he's soon to make his directorial debut on the imaginatively titled Boy Scouts vs. Zombies. Cohen's previous work has included scripts for Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy.

Aykroyd will be hoping that Cohen can reinvigorate the screenplay and reignite interest in a project that seems to have been mired in development hell for some time now.

And if he can write something that sells Bill Murray on the idea, so much the better... After all, his name convinced the star to lend his voice to Garfield, as he was mistaken for a Coen brother.

Is Cohen a good pick to spruce up the script? Tell us, below!


    • EddieFelson

      Jul 11th 2012, 10:01

      And low and behold they made it worse!

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Jul 11th 2012, 10:37

      Christ MIB 3 was sh*t and so will this be too! I think I speak for many people here when I say........WHO.......GIVES.........A..........FCUK??!

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    • mattburgess

      Jul 11th 2012, 11:49

      Hire someone who has only written s**t films (Idiocracy, MIB3, Tropic Thunder) to make Ghostbusters 3 better? Stupid.

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    • SiMan

      Jul 11th 2012, 12:53

      Good point above - if they're desperately struggling with a script on a sequel/reboot that is 20 odd years too late, why bother. I could understand if they had a brilliant story and script that just had to be made, but it seems like they're just wanting to make it for the hell of it.

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Jul 11th 2012, 14:02

      Don't get me wrong, I love 80's Dan Ackroyd like the next guy, but the truth is his career hasn't gone on to be anywhere near as successful as either Murray or Ramis in the 90's/00's. And sadly I fear he is desperately hanging onto this idea because he's trying to bring back 'the good 'ole days'. None of them are gonna be the same quick witted, likeable, chirpy personalities they were 20yrs ago and this has got flop written all over it. Special Effects, Scriptwriting, Casting, etc... has all moved on massively since the original was made and audiences want more these days (once you've seen an 11yr old girl using the 'C' word you seriously gotta go some to keep audiences impressed). Will Smith and Josh Brolin are still pretty big Box Office draws at the moment and I know hardly anyone that could be ar$ed to go and watch MIB 3 - it's a DVD rental at best. You would've though poor Dan might've learned his lesson with Blues Brothers 2000.....

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 11th 2012, 17:05

      Well it seem you give a fukc after all.

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    • Heisenberg

      Jul 11th 2012, 18:30

      Haha, lawyered.

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