Road To Ghostbusters 3

Over the last few months it seems like I can’t go on any movie news website or forum without there being a new scrap of news about the proposed, third Ghostbusters film in development.


Literally months of chatter about scripts being written, re-written. Firstly Ivan Reitman wasn’t on board, now apparently he’s spear heading the whole thing. Dan Aykroyd took over writing duties unhappy with a plot that primarily involved a young group of Ghostbusters.

Then the young Ghostbusters were going to played by the likes of Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and others. Reports of the gang all turning up (including retired Rick Moranis) except Bill Murray who was supposed to be unimpressed by the work he’d seen. Not to mention a dozen other casting announcements… and all this before a script has been greenlit.

Today’s latest scrap of news was from Mr. Reitman himself saying that pretty much everything that has been mooted in the press thus far and what has kept me and nostalgic loving friends talking about for months is a bunch of nonsense. No surprise there really. The rumour mill seems to spin out three delicious lies for every sensible truth. I’m however amazed and somewhat pleased that a film like Ghostbusters still attracts so much affection that highly regarded film magazines and sites will publish any morsel of info which pops up in regard to it. It just goes to show that even the most high-brow among the film reporters has a soft spot for the spooky classic. That or every office has one guy in it who’s a HUGE fan. Twenty years after Ghostbusters II people seem genuinely excited at the prospect of a new case for the paranormal detectives.

As much as I adore the first film I remain unconvinced that the world really needs a third film. Films with such large gaps between sequels very rarely meet the grade of the original. Although I will say I do love Rocky Balboa. Has too much time passed to see our old heroes don the jump suits. Let’s face it Harold Ramis isn’t in the best shape and as much as it pains me to say it Dan Aykroyd has actually been funny since… well a long time ago. Come to think of it Ivan Reitman has been sterling over the last decade. On the flip side though Ernie Hudson should be in every film ever made. Ah, Ernie Hudson. Although a new film would concern a new crop of Ghostbusters, do people really want to see other actors in place of the characters we love and expect to see in a Ghostbusters sequel?

What do you think? Is there way too much talk before we even know if there’s going to be a third outing? Should there be a third outing? What films would improve with Ernie Hudson’s input. I’ll get things started – Being John Malkovich (Being Ernie Hudson)




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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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