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Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Who ya gonna call? Not Judd Apatow.

A few days ago the internet was full of the news that Judd Apatow was going to produce the new Ghostbusters film.

Well looks like it is not true. The LA Times made a couple of calls to the men in suits over at Sony to learn that Apatow has nothing to do with the movie.

"It's not true," says Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. "We have some great new writers working on a new script, but Judd isn't involved. Judging from the frenzy on the Internet, there still seems to be plenty of interest in the idea of doing another film, so we're certainly taking that as a good sign."

The studio recently hired the writing team of Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (best known for their work on "The Office") to tackle a new script. As it turns out, most of the original films' creative team are involved as informal consultants on the new project, which would have the original Ghostbusters passing the torch to a new generation.

So why all those Internet posts about Judd Apatow? Some of it is probably just wishful thinking -- after all, Apatow's comic versatility makes him today's equivalent of Reitman, who was the reigning comedy producer-director of his era. But it's also likely that the web gumshoes were confused by the fact that Apatow is producing another Stupnitsky and Eisenberg-penned project, "The Year One," a Harold Ramis-directed adventure comedy that Sony is releasing in June starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. This somehow led to all sorts of speculation that the new GhostBusters project would be populated with actors from the Apatow stock company, which isn't a bad idea, but is total fiction at this stage.

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