'Men In Black 3' scripter Etan Cohen signs on to rewrite the screenplay for 'Ghostbusters 3'

Ghostbusters 3 has hired a new writer, according to ComingSoon.net.

Etan Cohen has signed on to rewrite the script for the long-mooted sequel, which has been stuck in development for over a decade. Cohen penned the screenplay for Men In Black 3 and also has co-writing credits on Tropic Thunder and Madagascar 2. He began his career on Beavis And Butt-Head and King Of The Hill.

Stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the original 1984 Ghostbusters film and 1989’s Ghostbusters II. Both films also starred Bill Murray and were directed by Ivan Reitman. Aykroyd’s own attempt to script the third film was unsuccessful, while a previous draft was written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Last year, Aykroyd described their screenplay as “excellent”.

However, Aykroyd revealed last week (July 3) that Ghostbusters 3 had “a new writing staff working on it”. He also insisted that the project will only move forward if the script is up to scratch, saying: “There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect. So that’s what we’re up to now.”

Another stumbling block has been Bill Murray‘s refusal to commit to the project. However, talking last year, Aykroyd suggested that the third film could go ahead without him. He said at the time: “Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr Murray. That is our hope… What we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributed to it in a massive way.”