Listen — Do You Smell Something?
I know the rumours have been circulating for years, but a live-action, Ghostbusters 3 film may actually be happening.
I thought that the video game (to be released, I think, soon) was supposed to make up for the fact that everyone from the original cast is too old now to recreate the Ghostbusters magic on celluloid. And a video game does make perfect sense (voices look less old and fat than bodies do). But a new Ghostbusters film? Reitman et al, had enough trouble making a decent second film — though enjoyable, it is no where near as good as the first. So the law of diminishing returns would seem to dictate that a third GB movie would thus, suck. Where do these stairs go? They go all the way down.
I know there are enough fans out there who would go and see a third Ghostbusters movie. I would be one of them. We’re the same people that went to the fourth Indiana Jones movie last summer, and therein lies my trepidation.
Reitman and Ramis have stated that a third Ghostbusters movie would most likely have the original quartet of Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, and Zeddmore, act as mentors to a new generation of ghostbusting vigilantes. And of course, the immediate rumours toss out names like Seth Rogan, Michael Cera and Jonah Hill — the current funny men (boys?) of the day (I suppose as long as Will Ferrell or Ben Stiller don’t end up with proton packs we will have something to be thankful for . . .). But wouldn’t the thrill of wanting to see a new Ghostbusters movie come from a desire to see the originals back in action? And if that’s the case, why would I want to see a new breed of comedians try to recreate that, even if it was under the watchful eye of their learned elders?
There are characters that can survive, and probably need to survive, through various interpretations and and ‘re-visionings’ as the years go by and as they look to find new audiences — superheroes being the most obvious, but also roles like James Bond, or Doctor Who (this list could be much longer, and this summer we’ll see whether Kirk and Spock can outlive Shatner and Nimoy).
I just don’t see the Ghostbusters as characters that can live past their real-life creators; Peter Venkman isn’t so much a fully rounded character, as he is Bill Murray being hilarious Bill Murray. If you want to introduce a new generation of Ghostbusters, then you’re just abusing the brand name instead of bothering to come up with new ideas.
Or maybe I’m just being curmudgeonly. Maybe I should quit complaining and welcome Ghostbusters the Third One, and laugh with everyone else when we’re bombarded with the “I’m not as young as I used to be” jokes. Maybe it could be brilliant — a comedic gem for our times.
But I doubt it.
I suspect the same fate that befell Indy 4 will befall GB3 (as the kids are already calling it). As it approaches release it will be hyped and over-hyped, and geeks all over the interwebs will be crazy with anticipation. The film itself will offer some good gags, some nice nostalgic moments, maybe a thrill or two, but ultimately people will leave the theatres thinking ‘why did they even bother?’ And it’ll all be over. The best part will be the trailer.
That would be a big, sad twinkie.
I hope I’m wrong.