Rick Moranis Talks 'Ghostbusters' and 'Spaceballs' Sequel Potential
Just last month, we brought our attention to Rick Moranis. The star of Spaceballs, Ghostbusters, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and more has been mostly out of the limelight aside from a Grammy nomination for his album called The Agoraphobic Cowboy. The reason Moranis was back on our minds because his newest musical comedy album My Mother's Brisket was being released soon (buy it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify). And with that release, we were hoping Moranis would make some publicity rounds, and he might end up thinking about getting back on the big screen. Thankfully, it sounds like the actor isn't nearly as retired from the industry as once thought, and he might be up for a bit of a comeback. Read on!
In an interview with Heeb (via Movies.com), the topic of a couple of Moranis' work in Ghostbusters and Spaceballs came up, and that prompted some discussion on the potential for the actor to return for sequels to either comedy. On the topic of Spaceballs, Moranis reveals abandoned plans for a Spaceballs III. No, that's not a typo, as Moranis explains, "My idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. And I was unable to make a deal with Mel. I couldn’t make a deal." Moranis explains that getting into the details of the failed deal wouldn't really be helpful, but that sounds like it would have been fun.
As for Ghostbusters, with the constant hope that Dan Aykroyd can get Ghostbusters 3 off the ground, has anyone contacted Moranis about reprising his role as the goofy Louis Tully? The actor explains:
"I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Aykroyd’s. Some sort of producer. And he said, 'Listen, I gotta ask you something, because the Internet says you’re retired' — which is one of my favorites, by the way… I just love when the Internet is wrong. It’s the only thing that will save journalism. So he says, 'I gotta ask, would you do it?' I said, 'I don’t say no to anything until everything is presented to me.' What is it? Is it happening? Is there a script? What’s the part? Who else is in it? Where is it? How long is it gonna take? You know, I need a little bit more information."
In an interview with Empire, Moranis added, "I said, 'I wouldn't not do it, but it's got to be good.' You know, I'm not interested in doing anything I've already done, and I thought the second one was a disappointment. But I guess I'm interested in where that guy is now. I sort of see him as being Bernie Madoff's cellmate in jail. Both of them being so orderly that they race to get up and make their beds." So you're telling me there's a chance? The fact that Moranis seems to be willing to get back into movies if the project is right sounds promising, but it might take one hell of a project for that to happen.