Like most of you out there, I love the Ghostbusters franchise. I grew up on the films, cartoons and toys. When a third installment was announced, I played the iconic movie theme, over-and-over again in excitement. Dan Aykroyd was hyping things up with promising comments like, we’ll be shooting next year and everyone’s on board…but soon enough something smelt fishy…and like Santa Claus, I stopped believing…why? Heres three key reasons:
1. This guy
I do believe most of the cast would return without batting an eyelid, but one of the most beloved actors doesn’t seem too ambitious to bust any ghosts in the near future, and that fellow is Bill Murray. Murray portrayed the sarcastic, witty, funny and charming Peter Venkman. He was the coolest cat of the bunch, and without this character, the backbone to the film is already crumbling.
2. Script is all over the place
Aykroyd (the cheerleader behind the film) said back in July “It’s got to be perfect. That’s the whole thing. There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect. So that’s what we’re up to now.” I understand that he wants this script to be as perfect as it can be, but you gotta remember, the first two films were written by Harold Ramis and Aykroyd…so why are they hiring these writing teams when they could work on the script like old times? Is it a confidence thing? Ghostbusters II wasn’t well received and Year One, written by Ramis, sorta sucked. It’s been 22 years since the last flick, you’d think one of these two guys would have some sort of vision where the story goes next.
3. Age factor
The cast is old (except for Ernie Hudson, the guy looks younger than me), and there’s only so long you can ride the magical wave called ‘life’. The cast is at the fine age where you can incorporate that into the comedy, but you don’t want more time to pass, I mean, Ramis is hitting his 70’s…yikes! Get the film done, pass the touch and let the franchise continue on for a new generation of fans. Times running out, something needs to happen sooner than later.
Of course I could be completely wrong and Ghostbusters III could be playing at our local theaters by 2013/14, but for now, I’m a non-believer. That’s not to say we’ll never see a Ghostbusters film again. With the popularity of rebooting, it’s only a matter of time before we could see a relaunch over a sequel.