Tuesday, October 20, 2009
For months we've heard a lot about progress on a third Ghostbusters movie, but lately Bill Murray has been making it increasingly clear that he is by no means committed to the project. Recently he made his reservations known in an interview with the UK's Absolute Radio, and a few days ago he elaborated a bit while speaking with Times Online.
We finish on the future and Ghostbusters III. The news that there is third movie on the way has been chewing up the internet for months. Typically, Murray, who is next up in Jim Jarmusch’s fantastically droll assassin’s tale The Limits of Control, is not entirely enthusiastic about the idea. "What they really want from us is just to open the movie and then get lost after introducing a new generation of ghostbusters, who can start the franchise all over again," he says with a shrug. "I’ve heard the script idea, and part of it is good but, ye know, it’s going to be tough to start again."
As I've said before, if the plan really is to just have the original Ghostbusters essentially do a cameo to introduce a new team, I think it's a terrible idea. Sure, Hollywood is going to be itchy about the prospect of a major feature headlined by senior citizens. But come on, this is the Ghostbusters we're talking about! Audiences want to see Bill Murray and company strapping on the proton packs, they want to hear that corny old Ray Parker Jr. theme song, they want Slimer to be a kind of cheap-looking rubber puppet.
Somebody already tried to reboot the franchise without the original characters. It was called Extreme Ghostbusters, and today it's all but forgotten. (I hadn't even heard of it until today, and I'm a Ghostbusters fan and a cartoon geek.) You make a movie without the old cast front and center, and it'll be a disaster of biblical proportions, real wrath of God type stuff. Earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
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