How to make a true Ghostbusters sequel

GhostbustersPaul Feig is working on a reboot of Ghostbusters and there are other films also in the works that may or may not be connected to the original two films. Feig has said that he could not figure out how to make a sequel work 25 years later. He also wants to have the sequel be a total origin story because he loves those. He even used Iron Man as an example, with the first film being fun because it was about the origin of the character, versus the sequel because we already know the character and what they’re capable of.

Thing is, even the original Ghostbusters isn’t really an origin story. We don’t know why the three main guys were doing paranormal research at Columbia University, or why they stuck with each other after being kicked out of the university. We don’t know their backstories or why they’re interested in the paranormal. We never see them build the proton packs, traps, or containment unit. We just know that they didn’t have any of this stuff, and then they did. And that’s where Feig’s movie could draw its’ inspiration and actually BE a sequel to the originals.

Feig wants it to be in a world that doesn’t believe in ghosts, that discovers that ghosts are real. The strength here is that, it’s been 25 years since the last major ghost related event. An entire generation has grown up since then, living without a supernatural presence that they know happened. Similar to how children today will hopefully never really understand 9/11 because they didn’t experience it, likewise the way my generation didn’t really understand the gravity of the JFK assassination.

On top of all of that, by the time of Ghostbusters 2, which was only FIVE years later, there were skeptics. This comes from all sides… at a birthday party where a kid tells Ray that his dad said they were “full of crap” and that’s why they “went out of business.” So it’s already been set up that the world won’t just buy into this. Especially in New York City, where people sitting in a restaurant barely reacted to Louis when he slid down the window outside of the Tavern on the Green.

So, here’s where the movie begins. The four women that are going to join forces to become the next group of Ghostbusters have separate experiences that lead them toward that goal. If one of them is in a ghost hunting group, it’s because they were inspired by stories they’d heard about ghosts in the past and wanted to validate that which has been deemed invalid by the science community, which calls what they do “pseudo-science” as an insult that invalidates everything they’re doing.

Whatever menace it is that arises, they wind up joining forces, discovering that the original team hung up their packs after that even in 1989, and attempt to restart that business. And when they do, that’s when they meet Ray and Winston. Ray and Winston agree to show them the ropes, and that’s when they go back to the old firehouse for the first time. It’s nearly as spider-webbed as it was in the first film. They go downstairs to a vault, and when they open the door, there they see the old Proton Packs, still ready to go.

They go on their first call with Ray and Winston, which is reminiscent of the Slimer call from the first film. After that comes a montage where our new team is going around busting ghosts. Ray and Winston serve more as trainers and advisers from that point forward.

What do you think? Would this concept work? Is this too formulaic?

Ghostbusters 3 to be All Female Team, Directed by Paul Feig, and a Reboot

Paul FeigI’ve been rolling this whole thing around in my head for the last month. Really a few months, since this was the threatened direction for the next Ghostbusters film. A film that I’ve been waiting for since 1989. I’ve wanted more Ghostbusters and now it’s actually going to happen. I’m going to get what I wished for… but you know what they say… be careful what you wish for, you may actually get it.

About five and a half years ago, I even listed Paul Feig on a post about who should direct a third Ghostbusters film. I had found a list of potential directors on a couple of sites, and added Feig to the list, so in the words of Egon Spengler, “I blame myself.” At the time, I said:

“Paul Feig is a director that was also the creator of the short lived, but brilliant show Freaks and Geeks. He’s directed many of the funniest episodes of such shows as The Office and Arrested Development. His comedy style seems like it’d be a good fit for a new Ghostbusters, as he is able to capture the feel of the 80s so well in Freaks and Geeks, which wouldn’t necessarily matter for a modern day GB film, but it would at least keep the overall feel of the series thus far intact. I wouldn’t mind seeing his name attached to the helm.”

What a difference five years makes. Feig has directed a bunch of movies that I’ve never seen. I’ve only seen about 20 minutes of Bridesmaids, and didn’t enjoy it. And now Feig loves working with women. There’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. The problem lies in the makeup of the team. If Feig had said that he was continuing the story with a new team that would include women, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. Over the years there have been many women that have been on the team. Having a team with at least one guy opens up the property so that boys and girls alike can watch and enjoy it, and see someone that they could dream that they might one day grow up to become. Seeing someone of your own gender in a role gives you something to aspire to.

What are Paul Feig’s plans? Read the rest of this entry »

Ivan Reitman on Ghostbusters 3, Bill Murray’s involvement, 3D and more

Ivan Reitman and Bill MurrayIvan Reitman has been a great source of knowledge about Ghostbusters 3. In one story he addresses all of the rumors that surrounded Bill Murray’s involvement in the third film.

“There were a lot of stories about how he read the script and it wasn’t up to his standards” the director said. “I think he may have read 15 to 20 pages.”

Reitman went on to talk about a dinner they had at the Toronto Film Festival a couple of years ago.

“[The dinner] started at about 10:30 and ended at 4 a.m. We closed down the restaurant. And he just said, ‘Look, I’m not interested in doing these movies anymore. I like doing these small parts. I don’t want to feel the weight and the burden of all that.’ And I understood it. And it came from a good place in his heart.” (via)

This doesn’t entirely rule out a cameo for Murray, as Dr. Peter Venkman, though. According to the interview, the first script they had for the movie focused on Peter Venkman pretty heavily, and after Murray expressed his wishes not to carry the third film in the franchise, they brought Etan Cohen on board to re-write the script to focus more on new people than the original team.

Reitman also addressed something that’s been kind of another elephant in the room, after Bill Murray: will the film be in 3D? According to Reitman, it could be, and that’s not all. “Certainly there’s been a lot of talk about doing Ghostbusters 3 in 3D as well, and I don’t think we’ll call it Ghostbusters 3 either,” he said.

With the possibility of a new title for the film, what do you think it’s going to be called? Personally, I think this is the right direction, as the goal is to kick off a new film series, while also closing the door on the original team, kind of like the new Star Wars appears to be doing.

It’s also confirmed that this is not a reboot: “It’s not a reboot,” he said. “It just lives in a world where the first two movies did occur and those characters were there and at least some of them will be in this film, but it’s really a different story.” (via)

There may or may not be female Ghostbusters this time around, which I’m sure will only be decided once casting is underway. It’s also going to use CGI, which isn’t surprising. They did so with Ghostbusters II as well, though the first film just used traditional effects.

It’s good to finally have some more solid information about the third Ghostbusters film.

‘Everything is Awesome’ as Lego Movie directors might film ‘Ghostbusters 3’

Lego GhostbustersBefore I saw The LEGO Movie, I would have thought this was the worst idea that I’ve heard for Ghostbusters 3. According to a tweet from Nikki Finke, who seems to get a lot of factual scoops sent to her, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller may be circling the director’s chair on the third film. I’ve not seen their work on 21 Jump Street, and 22 Jump Street doesn’t look like a movie that I would enjoy, based only on footage from the trailer. I’m sure that some people will enjoy it, but the content is not something that I care to see.

However, the script isn’t up to them. It’s been written by Etan Cohen and Dan Aykroyd (as far as I know, that’s the latest script), and will be produced by Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd with a goal of capturing the feel of the original films. So there’s hope that it won’t go over-the-top in the way that the 21 Jump Street films appear to have gone.


And don’t forget, LEGO has a Ghostbusters set coming this year.

“Packs on!” Dan Aykroyd confirms Ghostbusters 3; will produce with Reitman

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that Ghostbusters 3 is coming, and he’s going to be producing with Ivan Reitman. No word on if he’ll also be in it, but I think it’s safe to assume that he will be.  Here’s hoping that Ernie Hudson also gets the call to return as Winston Zeddemore in the third film.  And what he says of it, makes me very pleased. That’s exactly what I want: a Ghostbusters 3 that Harold Ramis would be proud of. Bring it on, Dan!