The end of the summer season always brings a lot of strange rumors. Everyone is in sequel mode getting through the constant barrage of follow-up installments in the past three months, which might explain where we’re getting some of those crazy ideas. Last year anonymous sources brought us a load of Pirates 4 bs and a Silver Surfer spin-off, but of course nothing happened.
Let’s start with the best rumor, a possible Ghostbusters 3. Dreadcentral says they got some information from a “very reliable source” (aren’t they all?) about a new Ghostbusters twenty years later. The source says all four original stars will return (Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson). It goes on to say they’ll pass their proton packs to the cast of 40 Year Old Virgin (Seth Rogen, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Romany Malco).
Why it might be true: Besides Murray, what else are the other three guys doing? Ramis has worked with Apatow before, most notably playing Rogen’s dad in Knocked Up. He’s also writing/directing Year One for Apatow. Akroyd has talked about a GBIII a few times in interviews, but said it might actually be CGI though. Renewed interest in the franchise from the upcoming video game may fuel negotiations.
Why it probably isn’t true: Murray has said many times he doesn’t want to make another Ghostbusters. Apatow and friends are busy enough writing, producing, and starring in their own projects for a team-up anytime soon. Plus seriously, all eight of them together?
Is definitely false.
Next up is Austin Powers 4, a revival of an old rumor that was debunked by just about anyone that would know. But here we are again talking about another spy spoof comedy. Last time we heard a script was completed. Now the big news is Mike Myers is writing an AP4 script.
Nikki Finke says she was told by an insider that New Line is waiting impatiently for Myers to complete a new Austin Powers adventure. He’s allegedly getting help from Mike McCullers, who helped write the last two. The possible movie will center on the father/son relationship between Dr. Evil and his son, Scott (Seth Green).
Why it might be true: Mike Myers needs a hit. His Love Guru movie was an epic bomb and he hasn’t done anything but voice Shrek. In fact, his only major film success has come from that, Austin Powers, and Wayne’s World. Myers told reporters in June the sequel was in the “idea stage” and may take years to write.
Why it probably isn’t true: Seth Green gets asked about this movie every time a microphone is in his face, and he keeps denying it.
Probably going to happen eventually.
Last, but not least is the rumor about an Evil Dead 4 movie written by Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan. At Comic-Con, someone asked him about it and he said, “I’d love to make another Evil Dead picture. And actually that’s in the wheelhouse. I’d like to work on it with my brother Ivan [Raimi] when he comes up next week.”
Why it might be true: Well, Raimi said it himself.
Why it probably isn’t true: Cult fanaticism aside, are people really that interested in another one? CHUD talked with him on the press line right after that comment and it’s in the very early idea stages at the most.
I’d rather him go back and make another Darkman.
Probably not for many many years, Raimi is a busy busy man.