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A Mania Editorial

By Jarrett Kruse     October 01, 2011

There are so few teams to root for nowadays. Sure Batman & Robin are always around. Doc & Marty are long gone. Scully & Mulder are a thing of the past. Hell, even Harry, Ron & Hermione have graduated and moved on. There is the FIREFLY gang, more popular than ever but we know that that boat has sailed. But there is a team that has yet to be eclipsed in fandom since their debut back in 1984. I am talking of course about Venkman, Stantz, Spengler & Zeddmore. Collectively they are known as the GHOSTBUSTERS. New York City’s team of science hustlers and paranormal investigators who lit the world on fire in the early 80’s and disappeared after a poorly received but fan-friendly sequel in 1989. Somehow the group has never left our hearts and minds and they live on through rabid fan sites, toy lines, comic books and merchandise. The brainchild of Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis & Rick Moranis, GHOSTBUSTERS was an instant hit and it still stands as the best representation of a rarely well executed genre that pooled together comedy and science fiction in seamless fashion.  
After years of debate and false starts, director Ivan Reitman has put the official kibosh on the speculation that there will not be a GHOSTBUSTERS 3 with the original cast. He does speculate that a reboot of the franchise is still possible. Reitman is moving ahead with the sequel to TWINS though. It is cleverly titled TRIPLETS and has added Eddie Murphy to the fray who has not opened a solid comedy since COMING TO AMERICA—the same year the original TWINS was released. That’s right, TRIPLETS is being made while the GHOSTBUSTERS franchise, arguably the best sci-fi comedy ever fails to rise from the grave. When the buzz originally began to swirl of a possible third installment during the mid to late 90’s, Bill Murray was quoted tongue in cheek saying that the only way he would come back is if he played the ghost of Venkman while the other guys continued the battle against the paranormal. Aykroyd continued to fuel the fire over the years assuring us that somehow, some way the sequel would happen. Murray even showed up at the 2010 SCREAM Awards in full Venkman uniform complete with Proton Pack. For that moment, all of us who were waiting to be slimed just one last time thought, “it could still happen.” Sadly, the firehouse is closing down.


Although it has been almost 30 years since the original, GHOSTBUSTERS set the standard for the genre with its dream cast and iconic lore and the movie still holds up. Well ahead of its time, the GHOSTBUSTERS became a phenomenon and one of the most beloved films of its generation. Written by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis, the movie took all of the wonder and magic of the late 70’s and early 80’s horror & sci-fi flicks and made a mass-market mash-up of hysterical comedy goodness. It was like CADDYSHACK for the paranormal set. The X-FILES before there were X-FILES but written by the National Lampoon. It was epic. And the iconogroaphy lives on at every CON there is with guys (and girls) dressing up as the most famous paranormal investigators of all time. Ghostbusters fans are some of the most rabid and loyal a franchise has ever seen. From the screen accurate custom made jumpsuits to the incredible home-made proton packs, hardcore GB fans and cosplayers do not mess around. It all speaks to a formula of lightning in a bottle that Reitman was able to capture for one hot minute where comedy, sci-fi and the ghost story genre were packaged perfectly and brilliantly. Often imitated, nothing has come close in the past three decades to resemble what many consider to be the movie that started a mash-up of a formula that has yet to be repeated with such cohesion. Murray says that no one wants to see a bunch of guys in their 50’s & 60’s running around chasing ghosts. We beg to differ. Like Venkman says in GHOSTBUSTERS 2, “we’re the one, the only…Ghostbusters!” And until the original films are not relevant anymore, our hopes will live on. For now we will all have to settle for reading our worn out copies of Tobin’s Spirit Guide.



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wish 10/1/2012 5:31:53 AM

Even more rare than this gem of a "sci/fi/comedy" is the reboot that is "wanted/actually good"

There won't be a Ghostbusters 3, and I say it's a good thing, but we all know the reboot is in the mail........hopefully we can let this classic be a classic and rest in peace for a while.

littlemikey979 10/1/2012 7:42:08 AM

I know I am going to get bashed for saying this, but we would have had a Ghostbuster 3 a long time ago if Bill Murrary had just come off his high horse and done the damn movie. I know he has his own 'I'm an artist' thing going on now. But GB was probably the movie that got him to where he is today. I can respect the fact that he has moved on from GB and he wants to do other things and maybe he was right in saying that the scripts for GB3 have not been good so far, or maybe he is just sick and tired of being asked about it. But its just so frustrating to know that he has been the one holding up another movie.

A reboot was always going to happen, it just would have been nice to have a good conclusion to the story with the original team and actors.

InnerSanctum 10/1/2012 7:42:31 AM

 I only want to see a passing of the torch.  No need for a reboot in my time.  

7thGuest 10/1/2012 8:37:40 AM

I would have loved to see a Ghostbusters 3 and I was hoping for another movie with the original cast, but if they make a passing of the torch sort of movie then I can live with that.

Well as long as they don't have Shia LaPoof, Asston Kutcher or God forbid Justin Bieber in his acting debut. If they did make a reboot then I would prefer they hired all new unknown actors.

If they don't even make a reboot then it would be great if they at least made another Ghostbusters game with the original cast since that was an excellent game.

violator14 10/1/2012 8:59:52 AM

If Bieber were to star in a GB movie, i would seriously stab myself in the fukking eye.

ElBaz13 10/1/2012 10:46:08 AM

LOL! Maybe Beiber can sing the Ghostbusters theme song for the soundtrack too!

But seriously, how about the Apatow gang?  Paul Rudd, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, WIll Ferrell, Steve Carell, etc...

decepticons2 10/1/2012 11:23:15 AM

Complete reboot time. Sorry to much time has gone by. If there had never been a second one to sour these people maybe they would be more excited to come back as well. Hire talented young actors and start over.

Lets be honest if this movie was ever going to make tent pole "money" the old guys have got to go. Studios are in the money making buisness. I am going to go out on a limb and say based on avergae age of these guys, have never carried a tent pole movie. Ghost Busters has cash cow printed all over it. What kid wants to play with Grandpa ghostbuster.


monkeyfoot 10/1/2012 11:33:52 AM

Followers of Gozer unite! Ivo Shandor wins!

VermithraxPejorative 10/1/2012 1:02:14 PM

I really hope they don't make another GhostBusters. One is a classic, and 2 was OK, but that's where it needs to stop. I can't see these three old fogeys pulling off the same stuff they did in the first 2. It just wouldn't work. Let the movies be what they are and don't make another one or reboot it either.

swisshammer 10/1/2012 1:47:03 PM

Seems like there are plenty of teams to root for to me:

The Avengers

The Expendibles

Guardians of the Globe are hitting theaters soon.

Hellboy 3 might get made soon.

The Hobbit

The Hunger Games

On TV you've got all kinds of teams to root for. My point is, nobody is really lamenting the fact that this film may never get made. It's my opinion that they should just let it rest. So many people have already stated why, so I won't bore anyone with my reasons, but I don't see any way this would turn out well.

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