Max Landis'Ghostbusters 3 Treatment Online to Read
To set the record straight, there is no Ghostbusters 3 that features the original cast in the works. However, screenwriter/director Max Landis has made his treatment for a third Ghostbusters movie available to read online.
We are getting a new Ghostbusters movie: an all female cast starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, which will be directed by Paul Feig. There has also been another rumoured Ghostbusters movie that will star Channing Tatum which will co-exist in Feig's universe.
Max Landis, on the other hand, was linked with possibly directing a third Ghostbusters a few years back. This turned out to be a story that didn't remotely exist, but Landis took it seriously and actually wrote a treatment for what his vision of Ghostbusters 3 would've looked like. He never pitched it, showed it to any executives of even allowed anyone to read it, that is until now. Landis has posted the entire treatment online. It's quite lengthy, so we have only posted a few excerpts below, but you can read the whole treatment here.
Exerpts from Max Landis' Ghostbusters 3 Treatment:
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.
The New York Team is now comprised of Ted Becker, an earnest sweetheart living a dream born as he watched the Busters defeat Gozer as a little boy in 1985, Veronica Spengler, Egon’s Very Egon-Like daughter who feels in turns respectful and resentful of the hole left in her world, Brian Quaid, a fast talking breezily confident self-proclaimed psychic with a chip on his shoulder, and Irwin Oberstein, a gearhead MIT kick-out metalhead who sees the Ghostbusters as the ultimate way to explore his punk rock ideas about quantum physics.