Original Ghostbusters director back for III?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

If you're going to make a third installment in the Ghostbusters movie franchise, who you gonna call?

Original director Ivan Reitman, who confirmed to that he will return to direct the sequel (he's already a producer on the movie):

Asked if he would be returning to direct "Ghostbusters III," Reitman answered with a simple and unequivocal "Yes."

We think this is good news for Reitman, whose last directorial outings were the horrible My Super Ex-Girlfriend and the horribler Evolution. Lately, he's more famous for being the father of Up in the Air and Juno director Jason Reitman.

Here's more from MTV:

A few weeks ago, "Ghostbusters" writer and star Harold Ramis revealed that the long-awaited third movie in the series is planned for a 2011 release. This news broke only a short time after "Avatar" star Sigourney Weaver speculated that Bill Murray's character Pete Venkman might appear in the movie as a slimer ghost, and that Oscar, her character's son from the second movie, would be a full-fledged Ghostbuster.

Ivan Reitman, director and producer of the first two movies, stopped to chat with MTV's Josh Horowitz last night on the National Board of Review red carpet in New York City. He shied away from addressing Weaver's spoiler-y speculation, but he did have some things to say about the general state of development for "Ghostbusters III."

Reitman said that the script from "Year One" writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky is in and that a second draft is currently in the works.

He added that he hopes to begin shooting sometime this year.

So, yay. Next step: Reitman needs to get the band back together. Dan Aykroyd, Murray, Weaver, Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis ...

What do you think?

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