As a child of the 1980’s, there’s a certain nostalgia I attach to the movies of that era. And there’s none finer in my opinion than Ghostbusters.
The franchise is undergoing something a revival right now with talk rife about a third movie in the series finally gathering some credibility and feasibility (check out this article from the Chicago Sun-Times speculating about the casting). Then of course there’s the imminent release of the brand new computer game. This, in particular, looks awesome and appeals to fans of two (or three) different generations for totally different reasons.
The ‘Busters are so in vogue at the moment that the movie soundtrack is amongst iTunes’ ‘hot picks’ right now, plus there’s car and directory service ads celebrating (cashing in on?) the coolness of Ghostbusters.
I totally love it. Ghostbusters was the first movie I ever went to the cinema to watch, so it’s got a special place in my heart, irrespective of its quality. It was at the Cannon cinema in Grimsby. I remember the evening well, considering it was a good 20 something years ago. It was a family outing and we’d actually gone with the intention of seeing Back to the Future. It turned out when we arrived that the showing was sold out, so we decided to go and see Ghostbusters instead. Well here my love for Venkman, Stanz, Spengler and Zeddemore was born (in the plutonic sense, of course ). Even if I did cack my pants at that scene in the library when the nascent ‘Busters try and catch the librarian ghost (‘Get here, that was your plan? Get her…’ – classic), it made such an impression on me.
Fast forward a few years and one of my favourite ‘toons as a kid came along – The Real Ghostbusters (not sure what the prefix was all about – probably legal wranglings or something). This show had some classic episodes. I remember owning most of the cool toys (boy, I wish I still had some of those…).
Then of course there was Ghostbusters 2. Admittedly, this wasn’t quite as awesome as the original (despite it’s natty new logo), but then again it did come about in an era of film making when sequels were rarely as good, or better, than their progenitors.
It didn’t dampen my love for the Ghostbusters, a classic movie rammed to the hilt with great lines and top comedy performances. It’s just one of those films that’s eminently quotable and will get adults of a certain age waxing lyrical for long hours about their favourites. (One thing that almost always comes up in discussion is that infamous scene with Dan Aykroyd and that ghost that comes a calling when he’s tucked up in his jammies – one for the DVD only, I suspect; you won’t see that on too many tea-time reruns…)
My joy at the return of Ghostbusters is massive. I’ve even ordered a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man money bank and a die-cast Ecto-1 from online, such is my excitement. The game will follow, of course. My 360 is going to get a hammering that’s for sure (fingers crossed that it’s actually good). I’ve even noticed Ghostbusters Mini-Mates on the Forbidden Planet site – sign me up, please!
All this talk of a revival got me thinking about a potential third movie. I remember reading in an Empire retrospective issue that there is a script (or part) knocking around for Ghostbusters 3, and has been since 2. Dan Aykroyd was reported as saying it was based on a plot that revolved around multiple dimensions and the weakening between the ghost dimension and ours (thus lots of crossover danger in the offing). From what I’ve read about the game, this looks like the plot they’ve gone for there, so, who knows, it may be that a third movie takes a completely different tack.
(Myself and a friend of mine at BL have a few some theories about this – almost everyone chips now and then with something new – but I’m sworn to secrecy…)
Judd Apatow’s name keeps getting associated with the project, and I for one have no issue with that. I can definitely see a younger cast of new ‘Busters introduced in this movie, maybe heralding a whole new lease of life to the franchise (one can only hope). Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell spring to mind. You couldn’t have Ghostbusters and not have the original legends of course – Aykroyd, Murray, Ramis and Hudson must come back, they simply must. I can see them as mentors for the new ‘Busters. Maybe we’ll even get a new Ecto-1 (though, I confess, I always liked the old ambulance/hearse – it’s iconic, after all).
Suffice it to say, I am totally stoked about the Ghostbuster’s revival. I’ll keep my fingers firmly crossed that all the third movie talk manifests into a script and a release.
It’s like I’m a kid all over again… wait a minute…
(And wouldn’t you just know it, it’s on Channel 4 right now! Awesome!)