There is plenty of entirely justified ennui and no little negativity swirling like dark supernatural energy around the long-bubbling new Ghostbusters film, but the idea that a talented duo such as The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller would climb aboard is definitely a positive step.
As of right now, they’re simply listed as being in talks by The Wrap’s report, but you can certainly see Sony considering the pair as likely replacements for Ivan Reitman, who stepped away earlier this week.
Lord and Miller have form with Sony, having wrangled the initially troubled Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs to the screen to huge success (and produced the better-than-expected sequel) and managed to turn a potentially fan-enraging film adaptation of 21 Jump Street into a great comedy. They’re back with Sony for 22 Jump Street (out on June 6) and the huge box-office haul and critical reaction for The Lego Movie can only help their clout.
And with Dan Aykroyd still committed to a passing of the torch to a new generation of Ghostbusters, they could definitely find a solid sensibility for the new movie, especially if the studio puts the brakes on and allows them to develop the script a little further. Whether they’d want to hop on to a franchise they didn’t kick off, of course, is another matter, and for now this remains strictly in the featureless void of possibility.