I know that it is a little bit too soon to be talking about this, but I’m sure that the story was released because of all of the questions surrounding the topic. Earlier this year, a whole bunch of new Ghostbusters toys were announced, including Lego Ghostbusters. I also was having conversations with my wife about something that might be announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. It’s the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters this year, and I thought there was a possibility that Sony would announce that, officially, Ghostbusters 3 would begin filming, potentially this fall.
Well, not it seems that prediction may not be too far from the truth, as Sony has announced that Ghostbusters 3 is still on track. The script needs to be re-worked a little bit, as Ramis was due for a cameo in the film.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
The sequel’s director, Ivan Reitman, is scheduled to meet with Sony production brass in the coming days to assess how to move forward on the project, which is in active development, according to sources. Ramis, Murray and Dan Aykroyd, who starred together in the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel, were poised to appear briefly in the third outing to set up a baton-passing to a trio of newcomers.
The other members of the Ghostbusters, and the director of the first two films (and potentially the third) pay their respects to actor Harold Ramis. For those that don’t know, Harold Ramis played Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. He returned to the character, lending his voice to Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and was due to cameo in a scene as Egon in Ghostbusters 3. Ramis passed away on February 24, and I wanted to share what the others had to say about Ramis.
Ivan Reitman, director: “The world has lost a wonderful, truly original, comedy voice with the passing of Harold Ramis. He possessed the most agile mind I’ve ever witnessed. He always had the clearest sense of what was funny and how to create something in a new clever way … Harold had an extraordinary impact on my career and I loved him like a brother.”
Dan Aykroyd (Raymond Stantz): ”Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking.”
Bill Murray (Peter Venkman): “Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”
Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore): “Harold was the glue. There wouldn’t a ‘Ghostbusters’ without Harold Ramis. Harold Pulled it together. And I know I probably wouldn’t be in the business had I not had the chance to work with Harold at that time in my career. He taught me a lot, not overtly by trying to teach me, just watching him work and how he dealt with things. He will be missed.”
It’s hard for me to put into words what it’s like to lose a member of the family. I think it’s hard for all of us. Last year, I lost three grandparents: my grandma, and my wife’s grandpa, and her grandma from the other side of her family.
Today we lost another person that I find myself having a difficult time coming to terms with. Harold Ramis. He played Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. And for most of my childhood, he was part of my family. While others had heroes in Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, my heroes weren’t really superheroes, but they could do heroic things. They were brave when no one else would be. They sought to understand what no one else would dare to even try to understand. They were the Ghostbusters.
In a pair of movies, and a couple of animated series, the Ghostbusters were a big part of my life, and still are. I’m always as ready as I ever have been for Ghostbusters 3, and hopeful that it still sees the light of day. I anticipate that the script they have will need some re-writes, potentially major ones, too. I can see it being a fitting tribute to the one that made it all possible, in memory of Harold Ramis.
I never got to meet him, but it still feels like I’ve lost a member of the family. But he will live on. He’ll live on in the Ghostbusters films, as they are passed down from generation to generation. He’ll live on in the Ghostbusters stories that are still being written, in comic book form and potentially beyond. This, to me, is part of his legacy. A gift to many of us that have loved his work, who he has never met before. It makes life just that much more fun, and I will miss him in whatever future adventures are created. He’s left this world for the next, and I hope to one day meet him there. But until that day comes, here’s to one of the Ghostbusters.
This is something that I’ve been hoping for, ever since discovering Lego Cuusoo many years ago. I never actually thought it would happen, though. There were many Ghostbusters projects on the site, mostly featuring Ecto-1 and the team, but in March of 2013, a new one was launched that changed everything. This one looked great, and a lot of Ghostbuster fan sites were spreading the word about it.
A few days ago, Lego Cuusoo announced their decision regarding the project. It is moving forward. It’s going to be produced. My guess is that it’ll be available later this summer. Last year’s release, a Lego Back to the Future DeLorean, was released first at the San Diego Comic Con, followed by a general release on August 1.
A little more than a year ago, I wrote about how I felt that a new Ghostbusters animated series was possible with the upcoming motion picture event that is Ghostbusters 3. I’m hoping that Bill Murray actually reads the script and says he’ll do the film. Not only will it satisfy my want for another film in the series, but it’ll also give a lot of people work this year.
I read something else that made me excited today, though, and that is the announcement of the monthly publication of a Ghostbusters comic book. This is something that I have been hoping for, and the reason that I bought all of the Ghostbusters comics that have been released within the last few years. IDW has finally decided to make it a monthly series, though, and it seems that fan favorite artist Dapper Dan is going to have a hand in it, if not be the series’ artist for a few issues. I really like his style. It evokes thoughts of what an animated series would look like if it were based on his artistic style. I have a feeling that it would be just different enough from The Real Ghostbusters to make it a new, and not derivative, series that is distinct and original.
More exciting news on the Ghostbusters 3 development. Ivan Reitman has confirmed that the screenplay is complete for the third Ghostbusters film, which he believes could be the best of the three. While I don’t doubt that it could be, I think it’s going to be a very tough mark to reach. Depending on what point of view you take, it could be the best in terms of effects, story, cinematography or laughs. There are any number of variables that it could be the best at.
However, I’ve written in the past about Ghostbusters 3: Thoughts and Feelings on Continuing the Series, and I highly recommend you read it as it has garnered a lot of positive response from fans in some Ghostbusters fan forums. It’s going to be tough to even live up to our expectations, let alone top all of them. There will be those of us that find the new film can only sit in the shadow of the original. There will also be many that feel the new one far overshadows the old (and most of those sentiments will come from younger fans that didn’t grow up with the original).
I admire the confidence, though, and can’t wait to see if it does hold up to things that I have heard about it.
CS: The whole Sigourney Weaver thing about her son taking over and Bill Murray coming back as a ghost…
Reitman: Oh, no, yeah… I mean, Sigourney Weaver has a role in this movie. All the original characters have parts. As well as a whole bunch of new characters… it’s got a really good story, this one. Maybe the best of the whole series. I hope we get to do it.