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.
About a year ago, Disney made the ultimate purchase. One that made my dreams of seeing more Star Wars films on the big screen possible. They bought Lucasfilm. It was this purchase that has actually completed a project that I am now convinced was the plan from the time they bought the Jim Henson Company back in 2004 for an undisclosed amount somewhere around $200 million. It was actually a much longer journey as Disney had originally purchased distribution rights to all of the Jim Henson Company productions way back in 1991. It took until September of 2008 before Disney finally rebranded the Muppets Holding Company as Muppet Studios, and placed it under new leadership.
With phase one complete, it was time to begin work on phase two: the acquisition of Marvel Entertainment. This was a massive purchase costing $4.24 billion. Disney needed to get control of Marvel Productions, and this was one way that they could do so. They didn’t want to have any red-tape, even though they very likely had all of the rights they needed thanks to the acquisition of the Muppets.
Lastly, they needed the final piece of the equation. They needed the footage that was used from both Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. And the best way to do that? Spend $4.06 billion on the purchase of Lucasfilm. That brought in both franchises.
With the total cost being about $8.5 billion, Disney is very close to being able to achieve their ultimate goal: the release of Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies on DVD and Blu-ray. I had been thinking about the overall purchases that Disney was making, and one day it dawned on me that all of these things were connected. And with a little bit of research, I found that I wasn’t the only one to think of this.
From what I can gather, the only thing left standing in their way is a simple licensing of some footage from Ghostbusters from Sony Pictures. Unless they plan on purchasing the rights to the Ghostbusters franchise (which I’d have no problem with, as they seem to just do everything right with the franchises they acquire). There are also bits from Star Trek: The Next Generation, which belong to Paramount, among a few other things. It seems to me that we’re as close as ever, and so is Disney.
That’s a pretty large investment so far, though, and I hope that the eventual release of this classic masterpiece of animation works out for them, and they make back the billions they’ve spent in gathering the exclusive rights to the series.