With the world still reeling from the recent death of Harold Ramis, people’s thoughts have turned to how his death could affect the long talked about third installment of the Ghostbusters franchise. The answer is at least according to one source not that much. A studio source has stated that Ramis was only minimally involved in the writing of the script and was always” great to bounce something off of”, and that will certainly be missed. “But it won’t affect the script.”
According to other sources Ramis was slated along with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd to have a cameo role in the film in which they passed the torch to the new generation of Ghostbusters. Ivan Reitman, the films director, is said to be meeting with Sony to best discuss how to move forward with the project, which could include writing out the loveable Egon Spangler.
The world has been promised a third Ghostbusters film for years, and I like many other fan boys of the films, read each Internet thread, and suffered through each start and stop, with a quickened heart and shinny hope filled eyes. I have to say that this recent news has got me wondering about the quality of the third film.
The main reason why both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 are comedic classics is because there is such great chemistry and rhythm between the actors. The subtle pauses and beats between the jokes are why the movies continue to be funny even after you have watched them hundred of times. It’s lighting in a bottle that you couldn’t really hope to reproduce with a new group of actors. Now I understand that due to the age of the actors we shouldn’t expect them to be running around zapping Slimer with a portion pack but bringing in another group of actors will never be able to bring back the pacing and subtle one-liners that made this film a cult favorite. This leaves the idea of the film with a lot stacked against it. I feel that this does not bode well and this may yet another example of Hollywood destroying my childhood for the sake of cashing in on the rampant nostalgia market of late.
Now I am not ready to write off the film just quite yet. There is still hope to be found in all of this. With a script written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky of The Office, and it being directed by the same person as the original films Ivan Reitman. This could offer a fresh take on the franchise and I will hold out for the hope of a good movie, because it doesn’t matter if it is good or bad I am going to see it and Sony is going to get my money.