Published On: Mon, Jun 2nd, 2014

Ruben Fleischer on the shortlist to direct Ghostbusters 3

Fleischer has become the leading candidate to step into the shoes of Ivan Reitman, stepped down after directing the first two films in the trilogy.

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Ruben Fleischer has become a film director whose services is very much in demand these days, thanks as much  to his potential as to his success at producing blockbusters.

The Fleischer’s first movie “Zombieland”, got his career as a feature film director of to a flying start. Released in 2009 “Zombieland” was a tremendous box office success , bringing in  more than $60 million in the first 17 days after opening,   eventually beating the record as the highest grossing “zombie” movie  that had been held for the previous five years by Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” and remaining  biggest box office hit in its category for another four years, before being knocked off its perch by “World War Z”  in the summer of  2013.

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Zombieland was to prove a difficult act to follow for Fleischer, with the next two movies that he directed  “30 Minutes or Less” released in 2011 and “Gangster Squad” coming two years later gaining lukewarm critical approval and not exactly causing queues to form round the block at the movie theaters of the World.

Despite concerted efforts on their part, Sony has failed to convince Ivan Reitman to return to direct Ghostbusters 3, with the legendary Czechoslovakian-born Canadian film producer and director, reportedly finding it too painful an experience to encounter following the sad passing of Harold Ramis earlier this year, after a long illness. Ramis starred as  Egon Spengler in both  Ghostbusters One and Two, shot in 1984 and 1989 respectively.

Sony, who know Fleischer well, having employed his services on both “Zombiland” and “30 Minutes or Less” or reportedly ready to give the promising director the chance to show his skills in a movie theme that he been shown to be best capable of working in.

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An added advantage that Sony is sure that Fleischer will bring to Ghostbusters 3, is that he succeeded in convincing Bill Murray to take a cameo role in “ Zombieland”,  in the hopes that he will succeed in convincing the increasingly  elusive Murray to take a part in the eagerly awaited sequel.

With a script already reported to be in the advanced draft stages, and Sony’s looking for a production start early in 2015, pen could well be going to paper in the next few weeks.

Ruben Fleischer graduated with a major in history from Wesleyan University.

After graduation, Fleischer moved out west, settling in San Francisco, initially working as  a freelance programmer in the city.

Ruben’s first contact with the entertainment industry came when he took on a PA job in the writer’s office of  the long running TV series Dawson’s Creek. From then on in, Ruben Fleischer worked his way progressively up the ladder, first directing music videos and television commercials before capturing the attention of Sony, who handed him a contract to direct  his first feature film, “Zombieland”, when he was just 35.

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