I’m sure many of you have seen the new teaser trailer for the next Ghostbusters movie in the works – this time featuring what’s left of the original cast (?) and helmed by Jason Reitman. I first saw it on the official Blues Brothers Instagram, so it certainly seems as though Aykroyd is supporting it. If you haven’t been exposed to the teaser yet, you can google it or click here.
I saw the original Ghostbusters movie in the theater in 1984, and have been a huge fan ever since. I liked GB2, and I watched the heck out of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon. I loved the 2016 all-women Ghostbusters and thought it was hugely underrated (much like the Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane).
We have the original Ghostbusters role-playing game, which posits Venkman has decided to turn the GB into a franchise, and you’ve bought into it. I still think this is a fantastic idea for a film, especially since there are so many “haunted” locations across the world and so much interest in the paranormal. And let’s face it – the original cast is getting on and probably not really up for running around with a proton pack strapped to their back. Stanz would be a perfect mentor for new kids, Venkman would happily take their money, and Winston would eye roll the whole time while checking up on them.
They would all fondly, solemnly drink to Egon’s memory.
And if I were to be granted a wish, it would be that the 2016 movie would be acknowledged as part of the same universe, just that they were in charge of New York now, while the boys went underground for whatever reason. There’s plenty of set up for that in the movie, if they decided to go that route (“the cat HAS been out of the bag before..”. Everyone just needs to get along and enjoy the new stories. The video game that came out was a great addition to it, too, and I wish it had sold well enough that they’d make it backwards compatible for my NextGen system, because I’d like to play it again.
I kind of hate that this is sort of steam rolling over the 2016 movie as a ‘well, fine, have it your way”, but ultimately, I like that we’re getting more Ghostbusters. Yes, more of this. Update it, bring me the snark, bring me the tech, just bring it all to me. Because I will always want more Ghostbusters.