For years a third Ghostbusters movie was elusive. Dan Akroyd wrote some scripts. Bill Murray famously turned them all down and refused to return as Peter Venkman. In the end, this led the studio to go in a different direction, with Ghostbusters 2016 rebooting the series with an all-female lead cast. It was rumored that the original Ghostbusters were legally pressured to appear in their terrible cameos as different characters.
Well, we all know how that movie turned out.
So when the son of the original director of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Jason Reitman, stepped forward with an idea, he had quite a low bar to hurdle in order to improve on the 2016 travesty. Still, it’s such a beloved property that it still makes fans nervous.
Some nerves were calmed when the surviving three actors agreed to appear in the movie in their original roles. Now two of those actors have given a glowing report of the finished product.
Bill Murray, for so many years the blocker in bringing them back to the screen, was awarded the Maltin Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and was asked at that event why he was returning. He said it was because it felt like a true sequel:
“I remember him calling me and saying, ‘I’ve got an idea for another Ghostbusters. I’ve had this idea for years. I thought, ‘What the heck could that possibly be?’ But he had a really, really wonderful idea that he wrote with another wonderful guy that I got to work with, Gil Kenan, who made City of Ember. The two of them wrote a Ghostbusters movie that really brings it back to life. It really has the feel of the first one, more than the second one or the girls’ one. It has a different feel than two out of four.”
Dan Aykroyd has also now added his support, saying that he can’t wait to see fans lining up to see the movie. In a Cigar Aficionado interview, Akroyd spoke about the movie:
“Jason is the perfect inheritor of the legacy as a writer, storyteller and director. His vision derives seamlessly, respectfully and honestly from the original films. Can’t wait to see the lines around the multiplex.”
The movie should have been with us last summer, but two further COVID delays mean we now have to wait until November 11th for the Ghostbusters to properly return to the screen.