With the recent death of Harold Ramis, the future of the final act of the Ghostbusters trilogy is once again thrust to the public eye. There have been multitudes of speculation over the past decades about the plot, about the script, about the cast even. But it still has us wondering; WHO YA GONNA CALL?
In other words, who ARE we going to call the GHOSTBUSTERS? Until recently, there were rumors that the filiming for the third movie would possibly begin this spring. Word now (Geeks of Doom) suggests that they are having to rewrite the script to account for Egon's death. This was foreseeable. But the actual plot and cast still is not.
About three months ago, Dan Aykroyd who plays Ray explained the plot thus:
“['Ghostbusters 3' is] based upon new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University… I can say that the world or our dimension that we live in… become threatened by some of the research that is being done. And ghostbusters, new ghostbusters have to come and solve the problem.”
Makes sense with all the advances in science since the first two movies. It also makes sense that the remaining Ghostbusters; Ray, Venkman, Winston and even Janine and Louis would make cameos at the very least. Although recent word is that the project will move on WITHOUT Bill Murray. Sigourney Weaver has been quoted as saying the third installment would be without her and also that she had her 'fingers crossed' for the sequel; so who knows where she stands.
And Ernie Hudson told TMZ
"Well there can't be another Ghostbusters without Harold. It will be a Ghost- something, but it won't be... That was always my fear - that something would happen before we all got together."
Does that mean he's not on board either? That would mean Aykroyd would have to carry the old school part of the movie with MAYBE help from Annie Potts and Rick Moranis. It does seem that the studios are eager to strike while the iron is hot so to speak. With Ramis' death, the idea is once again in the public eye. But, so far, the cast seems torn as you'd expect them to be for the moment at the passing of their friend.
But the whole idea of the next movie centers around the 'passing of the baton' to a new set of younger, higher tech Ghostbusters; which makes me wonder. Will some of the past incarnations of young Ghostbusters be making appearances?
Right now, IDW owns the comic rights to Ghostbusters and publishes an ongoing series starring their own pack of new Ecto-warriors. This group includes none other than Janine Melnitz, the highly popular receptionists from the first two movies along with three new comers; Kylie Griffin (former member of EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS...later), Special Agent Melanie Ortiz (ex-FBI) and Ron Alexander (former head of a group of paranormal 'eliminators' called the Ghost Smashers....hmmm possible new franchise title?).
Could this be our new Ghostbusters? or could it be a film rendition of the cartoon sequel to Ghostbusters? EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS?
This older version goes back to when Kylie Griffin was just brought on board with a group of three other young adventurers. Eduardo Rivera, Roland Jackson and Garrett Miller joined Kylie under the instruction of Egon and Janine. They also made Slimmer an ongoing supporting character.
If you ask me, my money is on the later, but nothing says they couldn't mix and match and come up with a totally original crew. Now, last November offers were put out for Jonah Hill and Emma Stone for characters named Jeremy and Anna, but no word from either camp as to whether they accepted. Also, Although plans had been for Ghostbusters III to shoot in Cleveland this year, the trade notes that the script still isn't quite ready to move forward. So all in all, it still looks to be down the road.
All I say, is that, once the cast does the proper grieving, they need to put all that behind them and get GHOSTBUSTERS 3 done .... and, if they won't do it for the fans...Do it for EGON!