Everyone from Judd Apatow to Jason Reitman to Steve Carrell to Bill Murray have been dancing around the issue of a third Ghostbusters movie for some time now. In fact, anyone who has been involved with one of the previous two films or has been linked to any comedic success in the past 5 years has probably been asked about it at least seven times. And yet fans are left to wonder: will it happen? If so, what sort of plot will it have? And finally, will it even be worth seeing if they fail to bring back Annie Potz as Janine?
Lucky for us, MTV caught up with Ghostbusters star and generally funny guy Harold Ramis and asked him all of the important questions about the project — except, of course, for that all important last one that I just mentioned. When asked about the project — which is currently being written by The Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupinsky — Ramis confirmed the fact that all the original ‘busters will be back in one way or another. “We’re all going to be in it in different kinds of roles,” he said. “We’re going to be the sage mentors. There are going to be young Ghostbusters.”
Of course, this is all pre-script talk. Ramis is still waiting patiently for the first draft of the script, which is yet to arrive. When it does however, he will be right there to lend a hand. “I’m consulting with them, as is Dan Aykroyd and [original director] Ivan Reitman,” he explained. “Bill Murray is just waiting for the truckload of money to arrive to get him out of his office.”
All jokes aside, this seems to say everything and nothing at the same time about probably one of the most talked about projects out there. As a huge, huge Ghostbusters fan (need proof? Check out my Twitter avatar), I’m an equal mix of excited and skeptical. It sounds too good to be true that we are even talking about a third film, as I remember back in the day when we were hearing rumors of Chris Farley and Ben Stiller leading a new crew of Ghostbusters. So until there is a script, which I will be dying to read, and there is a really awesome director attached — which will also be tough, as this property comes with a lot of fan baggage — I am going to stay in my bubble of wait and see. That said, a well-done third Ghostbusters movie would complete me in ways that you cannot possibly understand.
What do you think about Ramis’ premise for Ghostbusters 3? Do you like the ‘passing of the torch’ theme?