(Editors Note: This article is entirely a work of fiction and is not based on any news, rumors, or insider information. It is intended entirely as a “what-if?”. However, should anyone at Columbia/Sony really like the idea I’d be happy to take credit.)
Let me start by saying that I love Ghostbusters. I like Ghostbusters II, The Real Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters, Filmation’s Ghostbusters (which I know is not connected to the movie franchise), Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and most of the other creations which are connected (however loosely) to the classic 1984 film. That being said, I think it’s time we have an honest and frank conversation about the future of the property. Since the release of part 2 in 1989 fans have been eager for more movies. We’ve been satiated by TV shows, games, and more but they’ve never really hit the same spot as a third film in the franchise would. Also since the release of part 2 we’ve been hearing rumors that a third movie is “close” to going into production. There have been various false starts, rumors, scripts, and close calls but so far it’s about as real as Harvey the rabbit. From many of the reports I’ve read over the years, it seems that the main sticking point has been Bill Murray. Murray has gone on to have a decorated career and has become both a critical and commercially successful actor for much of the last almost four decades. In much the same way that the Beatles aren’t the same without all four, I think we can all agree that a new movie wouldn’t be the same without the original quartet. That being said, I think we need to come to terms with the idea that Ghostbusters III will always be just a teasing taunting IMDB page that will never get made. That being said, it doesn’t have to mean that the franchise is done on the big screen.
During this past weeks episode of the SCaM Show, I listed my Top 5 80’s Movies Which Should be rebooted/Remade. The top spot on this list, in my humble opinion, went to Ghostbusters. I believe that it is time to move on and accept that while we will never see Bill Murray strap on his proton pack, we might be able to get something close. I think that with some involvement from the originals, we could see a Ghostbusters: The Next Generation. So, after giving this nearly 48 hours of thought, I would like to suggest a cast for the reboot. This is entirely my own opinion, and you are free to agree or disagree at will.
The Bill Murray/Peter Venkman part – Chris Pratt
Anyone who has seen The Lego Movie, Parks and Recreation, or any of Pratt’s other roles can see that he poses a similar goofball leader quality which made Murray a legend. He’d be a wonderful foil to the ridiculousness of what’s going on around him and would provide the “everyman” character that the audience could imagine themselves as.
The Dan Akroyd/Ray Stanz role – Josh Gad
This star of stage and screen not only looks like a nerd who might believe in ghosts but also looks like the kind of dude who grew up loving Ghostbusters and would thus likely have some respect for the material.
The Harold Ramis/Egon Spengler part – Zachary Quinto
Having already suffered the geek “slings and arrows” of playing Mr. Spock, and having bona fide nerd cred as a villain on Heroes, Quinto pulls off the look, intelligence, and quirkiness required for both the part and material.
The Ernie Hudson/Winston Zeddemore part – Rosario Dawson
Dawson brings both diversity, beauty, comedic talent, and that “I’ll put up with almost anything for a paycheck” (see her willingness to appear in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) which made Hudson a fantastic addition to the team.
Director – Robert Rodriguez
Aside from the sheer awesomeness that he brings to the table, we know that id Rodriguez decides to make the movie it’ll be in your local megaplex about six months later.
So, what do you think? Set aside any fear of that last part of your childhood being remade because, let’s face it, that ship has sailed a long time ago.