I know Abrams produced it... But you can do a lot of work on the movie without the producer being around.
Bill Murray signed on for Ghostbusters 3. So it's a go.
Oh hell yes. Hell freaking yes. Murray has always been the 'jerk' who kept this from being made. It shows the integrity of the others that they didn't say, 'he's one guy, its been 20 years, he died, don't need Murray.' I know to get around Murray, he had agreed he'd come back only as a ghost of some kind. Hopefully that's moot now, we need all four, alive and well. Almost thirty damned years waiting for this movie.
I'd started to think the videogame a few years back was as close as we'd ever get, with them reprising their voices. And the Murray jerk comment? Growing up he was by far an idol of mine, loved every film he did. Then he went 'indie', only when the check came for Garfield, one of the worst films ever, he's not too good to accept it. Ghostbusters is bigger than Murray, it will be what he is remembered for in a hundred years time. That he's 99% why this movie didn't get done five years ago is infuriating. We should/could be looking at GB4 now instead of 3...? Grr.
Much as Ghostbusters is a big thing to a lot of folks, for me it holds a special place. Born in 1983, the first was before my time and regardless, Ghostbusters wasn't the huge franchise spectacle then. But the second? Man, I was right at that age of realizing a world exists outside, and for the first there wasn't the anticipation and insanity as the second. Every damn day I'd watch that cartoon. I remember going to NYC with my parents a year after the second came out, praying I'd see the Ectomobile out on the hunt. I believe this film alone is 100% of the reason I grew up obsessed with horror and supernatural fiction. Growing up in those years, you had little choice. It was basically TMNT and Ghostbusters. The former you grow out of, but Ghostbusters impacted my tastes in fiction permanently. As soon as Ghostbusters died down, the Goosebumps RL Stein craze hit. While that also played a part, it never would have if not for Ghostbusters.