Rant: You Know What? I Don't Even Want 'Ghostbusters 3' Anymore
by Ethan Anderton
February 29, 2012
Though we tend to hold off on all the monthly updates on the status of Ghostbusters 3, mainly because they're always the same, recent word from Dan Aykroyd seems to be putting nails in the coffin of the long gestating and anticipated sequel. In speaking with The Telegraph (via Collider), the Ghostbusters star and writer stated: "At this point it's in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and [co-star] Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn't want to be involved." It was at this point that I realized, I don't even want to see this movie anymore.
Of course, Bill Murray has always been the hold out on the project, though rumors of his shredding the script and being belligerent are vastly exaggerated. But that's not even the problem anymore. The problem is that every time a story like this hits the internet, all the movie, pop culture and Ghostbusters fan sites go crazy with speculation and it's always the same routine. The sad thing is, nothing has really changed over the years that we've been hearing about this potential sequel, mostly ever since that kick-ass video game was released in 2009. And now, with all this hype, and all these problems delaying the movie, I just don't care anymore. Aykroyd keeps trying to reassure fans with quotes like this:
"We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I'm the cheerleader, but I'm only one voice in the matter. It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio."
But does anyone really think the movie will be as good as it's been hyped up to be at this point? Forget the fact that Bill Murray may not do the movie, even if he was involved, is there any chance that a Ghostbusters sequel, decades after the original, would be anywhere near as good or entertaining as that first film back in 1984. Of course, if the studio is willing and everyone besides Bill Murray is willing to strap on the proton packs and get a new crew together, what's the harm in fighting some more ghosts with a positron collider? Well, the studio just wants the money from an established franchise. If you haven't noticed, everyone is going back to the well. Hell, Columbia, behind Ghostbusters, also has Men in Black 3 this year. There's no guarantee it would be a success, but with a fanbase spanning generations, they'll get asses in seats.
But do we want a movie where everyone seems so desperate to get it together when one of the driving forces behind the film just isn't willing? I don't think so. It's like when you ask a girl on a date (yes, bloggers like us actually do that from time-to-time). You don't want the girl to be reluctant or agree just because she lost a bet. You want her to want to go out with you. Bill Murray doesn't want to go out with us anymore, and when he does, he certainly doesn't want to play Dr. Peter Venkman. It would be really awkward role-playing with some other older guys involved and even some new people joining in, and that just sounds like it's going to be messy. Don't even get me started on Slimer being involved. That's just sticky.
I'm sorry everyone, but I think we're going to have to sit back and just let Ghostbusters be the classic comedy (and sequel) it has been for the past 28 years and celebrate it on anniversaries. It'll be like having an ex-wife or ex-husband, and while we might get depressed every now and then that they're not around, other days you're glad that bitch isn't coming around anymore.
And you know what? If they end up convincing Bill Murray to do this movie, and the film actually gets greenlit and goes into production and makes it into theaters: you will be disappointed. It's pretty much a guarantee. Remember Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Remember Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Hype like this and troubles like this mean that while some of you might be pleased with the end result, the large majority of people who have been clamoring for this film simply ride the hype, then let it collect dust in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart a few years later. It's time to let it go. "This chick is toast!"