Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis have commented on the upcoming Ghostbusters 3 script that is in the works, and in the process revealed some new plot points as well as new Ghostbusting tools that will be at their disposal. I am assuming this is in addition to the classic and iconic Proton Pack, which wasn’t mentioned, but most definitely will be a part of it.
Aykroyd explains: “There will be a whole new generation that has to be trained, and that whole new generation will be led by an individual who you’ll all love when you meet him but I’m not going to tell you anything yet.”
This is really interesting and I wonder who it could possibly be. The first time that I read this, I took it to mean that the person training the Ghostbuster Cadets was who he was referring to. But reading it again, it seems that he means a new leader for the new group of primary Ghostbusters.
Having a ton of teams would make this pretty confusing and almost over-flowing with too many busters out and about. It is reminiscent of the Stargate SG-1 format, though. To my mind, I could see this working as an SG-1 style series, though. But that’s another idea for another day.
Back to the leader for the new Ghostbusters team… I never really thought there was a single standout leader of the original team. That’s what made it so interesting and a great playground game. Each character played a role and not one of them was more important than the other. I suppose, though, if you take it from an SG-1 style of team, that has a ranking leader who is the first among equals. Combining that sentiment with that of the original Ghostbusters formula could work so that the team dynamic isn’t lost to the structure of a military format.
Now, onto the tools of the trade. Aykroyd comments: “They’ll be lots of cadets, boys and girls, who’ll be learning how to use the psychotron, the accelerators and all the new stuff, the neuron splitter, which is going to be the interplaner, interceptor and all these great tools that they’re going to have, to flip from dimension to dimension.”
The first thing that I thought was: holy smokes, that’s a lot of information to take in. It’s kind of overwhelming. Especially when we’ve only had a few tools between Ghostbusters 1 and 2 and the RGB series (not to mention Extreme Ghostbusters): The Proton Pack, The Slime Blower, The Ghost Trap, the PKE Meter and the Giger Meter. Â Now there are some pretty fascinating new tools:
Psychotron: ? No idea what this could be for.
Accelerators: ? Like proton accelerators?
Neuron Splitter: ? Allows the user to flip from dimension to dimension? Does that mean between the dimension of the dead and the living? Multi-spacial dimensions? Interesting… hopefully it’s not super cheesy and used within the realms of reality as much as possible, like the original films.
Harold Ramis previously revealed that he and the other original Ghostbusters would be in various roles, acting as ‘mentors or advisers’ for the new Ghostbusters to learn from. I can already see a training montage happening, though I hope that I am wrong about that. The original Ghostbusters didn’t need a training montage, so why would the new team?