If you are anything like me (and I hope to God that there are only a handful of you), then you might be getting tired of all the Ghostbusters sequel rumors that spill out week after week after week. And by ‘getting tired’, I mean ‘sick to the point of convulsive vomiting and don’t want to hear another word about the project – EVER’.
It’s been decades since the Ghostbusters gang disappointed us with Ghostbusters II. But thanks to a semi-successful video game and countless showings on Saturday afternoon TV, Ghostbusters has stayed a financial gold mine that some want to desperately to exploit one more time.
Writer and star Dan Aykroyd leads that ectoplasmic parade. When he is not rambling about aliens and how Bigfoot lives in Area 51 on CNN, he is pimping the idea of bringing the gang back together for Ghostbusters 3.
We’ve heard stories that fellow star Bill Murray is not interested (true) and that he sent a draft script back to Aykroyd in tatters suggesting that audiences are not interested in old men chasing ghosts (not true). "Bill Murray is not capable of such behavior," said Aykroyd. "This is simply something that would not be in his nature."
Aykroyd is so set on making a sequel that he has even suggested that they could recast the role of Peter Venkman (Murray) with another actor.
That makes sense. I am easily fooled and I am sure it would take me to the final reel of the film before I figure out that Mr. Groundhog Day is not the one with the proton pack strapped to his back.
Still, it does offer up some good conversation. If there is to be a new Venkman – who should it be?
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