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Back in the 80s and 90s, Rick Moranis was one of the most popular names in Hollywood comedy. He starred in some of the most brilliant comedies of the time - Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Then everything went quiet - he hasn't been in a film for 1996, and most media outlets assumed he'd retired.
Not according to Moranis! He's been doing the odd bit of voice work, working as a musician and now he's releasing his latest album, My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs, which is a comic set of tunes exploring Jewish themes.
As part of the promo work for his latest album, Moranis did a fascinating interview with Heeb Magazine which all of you should read. I've cut it down for you to the bit I find most interesting - when Moranis chatted to the magazine about possible sequels to Spaceballs and Ghostbusters.
BA: Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money was a conversation?
RM: Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit. It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. And I was unable to make a deal with Mel. I couldn’t make a deal.
BA: In terms of just getting enough money?
RM: I wasn’t privy to what the budget was or anything, but the deal he presented me, what he wanted me to do, was not workable. It was two or three years later. He wanted me to … it’s better if I don’t get into the particulars of it. Because it is so specific, it’s counter-productive to talk about it. But I was unable to make a deal, and it would have been something I would have wanted to do. But that ship has sailed. Then, there’s the perennial talk of another Ghostbusters, but that’s all talk and speculation.
BA: Have you been approached about it?
RM: I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Aykroyd’s. Some sort of producer. And he said, “Listen, I gotta ask you something, because the Internet says you’re retired”—which is one of my favorites, by the way.
BA: When the Internet says you’re retired?
RM: I just love when the Internet is wrong. It’s the only thing that will save journalism. So he says, “I gotta ask, would you do it?” I said, “I don’t say no to anything until everything is presented to me.” What is it? Is it happening? Is there a script? What’s the part? Who else is in it? Where is it? How long is it gonna take? You know, I need a little bit more information. “But it’s something you would do?” he asks. Do I have to answer that?
BA: He needs that confirmation, so he can go back to people and make his deal.
RM: Yeah. That’s called “producing.” I got this, and I got this. Gimme some money.
I love Rick Moranis (who doesn't? Look at that face, those specs!), but, c'mon. Ghostbusters and Spaceballs are classics, but I could definitely have lived without seeing Ghostbusters 2. In the eternal words of Screengrab's Nick Schager, it "Effectively slimed everyone's fond memories of the original". I think a third Ghostbusters would be a pretty cynical move on Hollywood's part and it seems unlikely that it would match the off-the-cuff brilliance of the first film.
What I would shell out my hard earned dollars for would be an original comedy film reuniting and Rick Moranis! C'mon Hollywood, you know you want to. With that much charisma on one screen, it'd be a box office smash.
Agree with me? Think I'm mental and that a world with a Ghostbusters 3 in it would be a sunnier place? Let me know below.