'Ghostbusters' scares up scribes
'Office' writer-producers tapped for redoWho's Sony going to call to pen its reboot of "Ghostbusters"?
Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg.
The studio has recruited "The Office" writer-producers to work on a new installment of the 1980s franchise that starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis as bumbling ghost-hunting scientists.
The original filmmakers, including director Ivan Reitman, and cast are aware of the project and involved in its development. Some original cast members might be involved, but the focus will be on a new cast of Ghostbusters.
WMA-repped Stupnitsky and Eisenberg, who are nominated for an Emmy for "The Office," already have the support of one Ghostbuster in Ramis. The duo penned with Ramis Sony's upcoming biblical comedy "Year One," which is produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Ramis.
The writing duo recently sold a spec to Sony titled "Bad Teacher," about a seventh-grade teacher who is dumped by her sugar-daddy boyfriend and turns her attention toward a colleague. Jimmy Miller is producing.
"Ghostbusters" was Sony's top-grossing film ever until "Men in Black" and then all three "Spider-Man" films beat it out. The 1984 film grossed $292 million worldwide, and its 1989 sequel brought in another $215 million globally.
Borys Kit reported from Toronto; Leslie Simmons reported from Los Angeles.