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Stop Trying to Make Ghostbusters 3

Stop Trying to Make Ghostbusters 3
Ron Seifried

Harold Ramis passed away.

Bill Murray has no interest.

Dan Aykroyd has been shopping a script for years.

So now is a good time to discuss “Ghostbusters 3.”

In what can only be seen as some callous attempt to revise a long dormant franchise, director Ivan Reitman will reportedly meet with Sony studio execs to discuss the possibility of the third big screen installment of the ghost hunting franchise.

The execs probably think now is the ideal time, since #haroldramis is trending and there are so many beautiful tributes to the late writer/director/actor to stir up some preliminary discussions.

The project has been in development for some time, but insiders have stated that Ramis’s involvement was minimal. Minimal to the point that he, Murray, Aykroyd and Reitman all had financial stakes in the sequel.

Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupinitsky wrote the new script, which kept Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Ernie Hudson in cameo roles, with a passing of a baton to a younger generation of Ghostbusters. Eisenberg and Stupinitsky wrote for “The Office,” with a few episodes directed by Ramis himself.

For the past couple of years, both Murray and Aykroyd confirmed that Murray will not reprise his role as Dr. Peter Venkman. Last year Aykroyd said about Murray, “He’s a good friend, I love him, but he just doesn’t want to reprise the role. However, there will be a hole for him. If Billy wants to walk in the door and be in the movie, we will find a place.”

This scenario sounds strangely similar to the ill-conceived sequel to “The Blues Brothers” after 20+ years.  

At this stage, just reboot the franchise if Sony is at a complete loss of original content. Why dig up half the main cast for some lame cameos? A poor tribute to stretch an already thin franchise that faded away in the late 80’s is not a good idea, even in this day of revisiting old friends.

After word of Ramis’s death was announced, TMZ asked Hudson if there was any future for “Ghostbusters 3 and he said, “Well there can’t be another Ghostbusters” without Harold. It will be a Ghost– something, but it won’t be… That was always my fear – that something would happen before we all got together.” Basically, it doesn’t sound like he is too on-board with this project anymore.”

In addition, the studio has signaled that Ramis absence doesn’t matter to the film. No tribute there, just an easy way to make a quick buck.

Or maybe use Spengler’s likeness as a ghost to advise the new Ghostbusters to complete the disaster this film will be. Advanced F/X work can do wonders for to plug up enormous holes in shoddy scripts.

Of course I am speculating that the script is bad, and the concept poor.

But odds are its bad and the concept is poor.

We still have the 1984 original to watch, so all is not lost.

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