What do you do when you're incorrectly reported to be writing a script for Ghostbusters 3? Apparently, you go ahead and write up a bunch of material for it anyway. Screenwriter Max Landis, best known for Chronicle, just released a 4,700-word treatment for Ghostbusters 3. At this point, it's essentially fan fiction — Landis isn't writing a Ghostbusters film, and the new Ghostbusters movies aren't going to be direct sequels — but this is what Landis says he would have written if he had gotten hired. "Seeing as it appears the new Ghostbusters franchise will be moving away from the previous films and be a complete reboot," he writes, "I thought it would be fun to release an idea I’d been kicking around for a third movie, turning the first two into a trilogy."
"I thought it would be fun to release an idea I’d been kicking around for a third movie."
Landis had previously created a "skeleton" for a third Ghostbusters, but he says that he never pitched it. The treatment he released today represents an expanded version of that. "I wrote this for fun as an exercise," he writes on Twitter. Landis has previously released personal writing online — including an insane, 440-page adaptation of Super Mario World — so this really appears to be more about having fun with fellow Ghostbusters fans than getting a studio's attention. That said, we've recently seen just how much of an effect online excitement can have in getting things done in Hollywood. This version of Ghostbusters will more than likely never get made now that there are already two new films in motion, but showing the public what he can do with the franchise is still a pretty good way to sell himself in the future.
now, released by popular demand, it's a full treatment for a movie that will never exist, my ghostbusters 3. share if you enjoy.— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) March 25, 2015