Sony has recruited Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky to take a stab at rebooting the "Ghostbusters" franchise.
The two veteran scribes on NBC's "The Office" will not be rewriting the 1984 comedy-action-ghost classic, but rather extending the series.
The industry trades have some disagreement over the involvement of original busters-of-ghosts Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson. While Variety says that the new script will reunite the classic team, The Hollywood Reporter only speculates that the original cast, plus director Ivan Reitman, are aware of the sequel script and may be somewhat involved, but the focus will be on a new cast of Ghostbusters.
The first "Ghostbusters" ranked behind only "Beverly Hills Cop" on the list of the highest grossing films of 1984 and was Sony's top-grossing film for over a decade until "Men in Black" and "Spider-Man" beat it out. A 1989 sequel failed to achieve the same level of critical acclaim, but was still a solid worldwide hit.
Eisenberg and Stupnitsky, Emmy nominated for their work writing on "The Office," have worked with at least one Ghostbuster before. The duo wrote Sony's "Year One," a comedy directed by Ramis.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun