That is not a Ghostbusters movie my friends.
Metro has reported that Dan Ackroyd has fessed up and admitted that Bill Murray will not be involved with Ghostbusters 3: The Search for More Money. When asked how feels about this, Ackroyd said:
It’s sad but we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on. It’s time to make the third one.
I agree with him – it IS sad. But does Ghostbusters really need to be passed to a “new generation”? Not everything needs to be updated. For every success like 21 Jump Street there’s a very very long list of remakes and reinventions that just plain suck. The world of movies and entertainment is littered with such “new generations” and I don’t know anyone who is screaming that it is time to make a third Ghostbusters.
Murry’s Dr. Peter Venkman was the driving force of that team. Ray Stanz and Egon Spengler would still be in a basement at Columbia, tinkering with weird science projects and drilling holes in their heads without him. It was because of HIM that they even got involved with Dana Barrett and her spooky, haunted apartment building in the first movie and the insane painting of Vigo in the second. Who is going to take his place? Louis Tully? Winston Zedmore? Please.
From the moment I saw the original Ghostbusters in the theaters for my birthday, it has been one of my all-time favorite movies. I have the entire thing memorized and as with The Simpsons or Seinfeld, can find a Ghostbusters quote for many of life’s events. I cannot tell you how many times I have said “They go up!” or “Yes, have some.”
So while I know I am just adding my voice to the wind and the movie will be made regardless of this one fan’s deep feelings, I cannot condone a new Ghostbusters movie sans Bill Murray. Now pardon me while I eat my feelings away with these Stay Puft marshmallows with my buddy, the Stay Puft marshmallow man.
What I said when I shared this story on FB: Well, then, sir, what exactly is the point??
“…because one time, I turned into a dog, and these guys helped me…”
Seriously. No Venkman, no movie. It is as simple as that. (And I forgot about that quote — gold!)
It’s just stupid to do a 3rd one. Did they run out of movie story ideas? Superfluous. Kind of like Ernie Hudson’s character. “Yes…it’s Mr. Stay Puft.”
The second was almost superfluous, if you ask me. Saved by Bill Murray, as per usual and Peter Nichols in his – to me – defining role as Janosh Poha.