“Ghostbusters 3″ Confirmed: Who Yah Gonna Call? (Not Bill Murray)
What’s a childhood without knowing about the famous specter-hunting team who roll to the music of Ray Parker Jr.? Yup! I’m talking about the GHOSTBUSTERS! The weird bunch of Ray Stantz (played by Dan Akroyd), Egon Spengler (played by Harold Ramis), Winston Zeddemore (played by Ernie Hudson), and of course, Peter Venkman (played Bill Murray).
The last time we saw these rowdy oddities was back in 1989 for “Ghostbusters 2″ which was one of the most awaited sequels at the time (I recall watching this in a back-to-back movie marathon with “The Fly 2″ with my sister). As to why it took the group to come out with a follow-up after saving New York City from the evil clutches of Vigo The Carpathian (the main villain in the sequel) is absolutely beyond me. There were some rumors I rummaged through online that stated that aside from the difficulty of finding the perfect storyline to continue with the third, one of the causes for the delay was Murray’s hesitation in proceeding with their ghostly journey unless the story was “a lot of fun”.
True or not, I, along with the billions who grew up with these guys as their childhood heroes, am ecstatic that they’ll be putting on their proton packs once again to save mankind from the supernatural invasion.
GHOSTBUSTERS 3: IN PRODUCTION (2013)
To come back out from hypersleep and bring this ghost-hunting bad boy from the 80′s back to the big screen is one of the greatest ideas to date. Sadly, according to Dan Akroyd in an interview with UK’s Metro, “Ghostbusters 3″ will have to move on without Bill Murray.
It’s sad, but we’re passing it on to a new generation. ‘Ghostbusters 3′ can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved, but at this point, he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on. It’s time to make the third one.
It is still unclear if Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis will reprise their roles at this early stage, but rest assured, the Ghostbusters Family will have them be part of the production process.
Speaking of family and production, Etan Cohen, the writer behind hits like “Men In Black 3″ and “Tropic Thunder”, has been reported to have signed on to be Akroyd’s co-writer for the upcoming blockbuster and now part of the ghoulishly-funny family.
I don’t know if you recall this, but do you remember “The Real Ghostbusters”? The cartoon series that soon followed the success of the big screen hits? Don’t get too excited now fumbling over your childhood memories of those action figures you got with the oozy ectoplasm. I want you to recall the animated series that followed which was called the “Extreme Ghostbusters” which came out on the FOX Kids Network during 1997 – 1999.
Well, I think the story of the third part may adapt some scenes or aspects from this cartoon rendition.
The storyline of the “Extreme Ghostbusters” takes off from its predecessor series where years later, it’s only Egon Spengler who stayed behind to keep watch of the containment unit; while his comrades led their own lives in this time of “peace” without the supernatural beings causing an imbalance with the human world. With a time like that, the Ghostbusters went out of business and were forced to disband.
Spengler maintained a teaching job at the university near the firehouse (Ghostbuster HQ), but he still believed that the war with these beings wasn’t over at all. His theory is proven true when phantoms begin terrorizing his local neighborhood. Glad that his studies proved correct, he relives the memories of his ghostbusting days and tries getting back on the saddle of hunting these menaces.
Unfortunately, it’s been years since he took the life of being a ghostbuster. He had become too old to keep the life going; let alone carry those super heavy proton packs on his back. He decides to recruit and train a bunch of unlikely teen heroes who slightly (and I do mean “slightly”) resemble his former teammates.
The team of radicals were eventually comprised of Eduardo (who resembled the lazy, unscientific, and sarcastic Venkman), Roland (the mechanic and assistant to Egon’s experiments and resembled both Stantz and Zeddemore), Garrett (the wheelchair-user with an attitude of a jock, but didn’t really resemble anyone from the original pack), and Kylie (the new blood in the bunch who was the only one who had paranormal knowledge).
The restored “phantasm-ic” group head onward to an adventure which only they could do to face the terror that was supposed to have ended a long time ago…
A GHOSTBUSTERS ADVENTURE WITHOUT BILL MURRAY
Without Peter Venkman, who clearly is one of the key characters in the franchise, the movie will have to come out with an almost “perfect excuse” not to include him in this new chapter. It may lack that particular note and distinct flavor that could leave you saying, “There’s something missing here.”
Then again, depending on the premise of the collaborated works of the writers, I can’t really say that this upcoming installment would be an absolute failure.
My perfect reference would be the latest reboot of Star Trek which had a slight touch of the original Spock (played by Leonard Nemoy), but WITHOUT Captain James T. Kirk who served as the protagonist and lead hero in the TV and movie saga.
That movie was great despite missing its essential character which came side by side and synonymous with the whole TV and movie franchise, but pulled it off with a great and remarkable script.
I just hope that the writers create a plot that inspires and clamors for another part after this. Only a perfect story must prevail. Anything else would be the debacle of this comedic specter-hunting franchise which I wouldn’t want to see happen come opening day in the cinemas.
Just like the old days, I want to see the Ghostbusters triumph over the villain’s fiendish plots of taking over the world with proton packs on their backs, the ghost-trap ready to be thrown for ghostly confinement, the Ecto-1 and Ecto-2 as their rides, and Slimer causing a mess of things to the tune of that Ray Parker Jr. classic theme. “Ghooooooost-BUSTERS!”
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