Ghostbusters 3? We’re Ready To Believe You.

February 24, 2009

ghostbusters-trioWho ya gonna call? Back in the summer of 1984, there was only one clear answer: Ghostbusters! Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, an odd group of social misfits turned national heroes, could handle any paranormal problem in New York City with a light, comedic touch.

As madcap hilarity ensued on screen, cash registers rang all across Reagan’s America. Ghostbusters was the unchallenged, top-grossing movie in 1984 and has raked in nearly $230,000,000 in domestic lifetime gross since its release, making it the 55th top-grossing film of all time, according to boxofficemojo.com.

2009 marks the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters. To celebrate this milestone, Atari, in conjunction with Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc., is releasing Ghostbusters: The Video Game featuring a script penned by the film’s original screenwriters, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd. The Ghostbusters game, slated for release on June 16, 2009, is certainly not the first. Activision created a Ghostbusters game for Commodore 64 in 1984. There have been at least eight versions for computer, gaming systems, and mobile phones since then. However, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is the first to feature the voices and likenesses of original cast members. It will be available on Playstation 2, Xbox 360, Microsoft Games for Windows, Wii, and Nintendo DS.

“I think that they realized that the Ghostbusters franchise will simply be an old generation’s memory unless they re-inject it into a new generation,” said Robert Thompson, Trustee Professor and Director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. “The biological clock on any pop culture thing is about twenty-five years. If they don’t do it now…people are going to start forgetting.”

Hollywood producers have been looking back to the 80s’ and repackaging old blockbuster franchises for the new millennium. Paramount released Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in May, and the movie has already grossed over $750,000,000 worldwide.  The Star Wars prequels led by The Phantom Menace in 1999 have dominated the box office over the last decade.  Could a Ghostbusters sequel be far behind?

According to Variety magazine, Ghostbusters III is in the works. Ghostbusters II was released in summer 1989 to disappointing reviews and ticket sales. Columbia Pictures has hired co-executive producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky of the hit NBC sitcom The Office to write a script that is set to feature the original cast. Although, no casting decisions have been officially announced.

The script is shrouded in mystery but rumors are swirling in cyberspace about the plot.  Apparently, the four original Ghostbusters (all in their late fifties and early sixties) will pass on the business to a younger, more vibrant team of current comedians.  One can imagine Seth Rogan, Vince Vaughn, or Jack Black suited up with proton packs raring to go, as Grandpa Bill and Dan try to teach them the ins and outs of this very risky business.

“Making a movie where they put their seal of approval on a bunch of new goofy younger people is a good idea,” said Thompson, professor of popular culture. “There’s no reason why you couldn’t do Ghostbusters and make it a good movie.”

Ghostbusters is a snapshot of the Reagan 80s: America was embroiled in a Cold War with the Soviet Union, and Americans lived with the threat of nuclear annihilation; the country had not yet been hit hard by the AIDs epidemic; political correctness and sexual harassment had yet to be defined. The next generation of Ghostbusters is living in a very different world and faces a different set of enemies. We can only wait to see how they handle America’s ghost problem in the new millennium. Are Americans poised to remember the four men who easily fought supernatural forces in order to save the world in the mid-80s’ or would they rather forget?

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3 Responses to “Ghostbusters 3? We’re Ready To Believe You.”

  1. […] For more Ghostbusters on Beet Salad click here. […]

  2. gheymedia said

    Looking forward to it cautiously!

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