Do We Really Need Another Ghostbusters Movie?

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By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

It has been confirmed that Sony and Jason Reitman are set to bring out a new Ghostbusters movie in 2020. This will not be a follow up of Paul Feig’s 2016, but instead be a continuation of the story of the first two movies. Jason Reitman is no stranger to the world of Ghostbusters. His father Ivan Reitman, director of the original movies, has said “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out”.

On the evening of this announcement, a short teaser was released. I don’t like it when studios put out teasers that are essentially 2 minutes long, packed full of imagery and story. That’s a trailer, its not a teaser. This was very much a teaser however, given it’s less than a minute run time.  You can check it out below.

First of all, it was very simple but it did the trick. Pump in a range of familiar music, let the excitement build before showing us that beautiful Ecto-1. But while these two elements were the teaser’s focus, it was the “Summer 2020” bit that really drew my attention. To hear the proton pack being switched on, then off as the the date title faded really worked on me. Of course this teaser was all nostalgia and banking on stirring up those emotive feelings fans have with the franchise. But on the whole it seems to have worked.

While this teaser is very much just that, you can feel the excitement online. Everything is very hush hush right now and details are being kept to a minimum.

What We Know…

  • Film set to “follow the trajectory of the original film”
  • The film will be set in the ‘original universe’
  • Set in the ‘present day’
  • Test casting for ‘Four teenagers’
  • Due for release in 2020

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So with all that said, and the trailer causing a stir online, the question remains, do we really need another live-action Ghostbusters movie?

We had the 2016 ‘reboot but not’ movie, which for various reasons, failed to make a big impact at the box office. Their was a unnecessary toxicity around the movie, from fragile men claiming it was ruining their childhoods, to mismanaged PR and comments from the cast and executives. Personally, I didn’t like the movie. While it had some good moments, my issues were with the poor script, over use of CGI and the overall tone. It was a mess. The only outstanding element, for me, was Kate McKinnon who absolutely stole the movie as Dr. Jillian Holtzmann. She was perfect. The rest of the cast, including the painful cameos of the original cast, just didn’t do it for me.

While the film struggled at the box office, it’s legacy will always be that it gave young girls (and boys) the chance to see themselves on the big screen busting some ghosts. Representation matters, so hopefully this new film will be diverse in many different aspects.

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Another issue I have with this announcement is the fact that this is being touted as the third Ghostbusters movie.

The thing is, in my eyes, the Ghostbusters trilogy is already complete. We’ve had an exceptional sequel to Ghostsbusters 2 already, it is called Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009). Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, it also features the original cast! For those who haven’t played it, you take on the role of ‘Rookie’, a new addition to the original team. The story takes place in 1991, two years after the Ghostbusters 2 and includes the likes of Gozer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Aykroyd himself has gone on record to state that “This is essentially the third movie.” This game perfectly rounds off the series. But as this movie IS happening, I think they must draw inspiration from an existing Ghostbusters property.

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Who you gonna’ call? Extreme Ghostbusters! (1997). It’s being reported that ‘four teenagers’ are due to be cast in the main roles. This also ties in nicely with Ivan Reitman’s comments about passing on the torch, the very premise of Extreme Ghostbusters. A new young team taking over from the original crew. While there has been no mention of the original cast members being involved, I would have the movie start with the funeral of Egon Spengler. Have the original cast back for the first ten minutes to complete the ‘old-guard’ story with the rest of the movie switching focus on the new team. The original cast need to be the support, but not the focus. The balance has to be right.

As stated before, I would hope that the new team would be a diverse mix. I would also try include subtle references and homages to the original films, but not rely on nostalgia too heavily. The script would also have to greatly improved from the 2016 attempt. I think they have the right person at the helm for the project, it’s a passion project. It will be handled with care and respect. What I’m basically saying, 2020 cannot come soon enough!

Are you excited for a new Ghostbusters movie? Do we need one? What would you like to see in the film? Let us know in the comments.

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