A Saturday story on Aintitcool reports that the latest idea for a third “Ghostbusters” movie is to feature an all-female cast, with maybe one or more of the old cast such as Dan Aykroyd to pass along the torch to the next generation. Hot Air chimes in that there is a lot of angst and outrage going on about this idea. Of course “Ghostbusters 3” has been discussed on and off for so long, it is an open question as to how it will finally come to pass or even whether it ever will.
When the Ghostbusters, including Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, last battled ectoplasmic evil, George H. W. Bush was in his first term in office. Since then Ramis has died and Murray has flat out refused to reprise his role as the oily Dr. Peter Venkman, except perhaps as a ghost. So some kind of reboot or next generation treatment was inevitable.
Since for now Paul Feig is directing, speculation is that Melissa McCarthy will likely be one of the all-girl Ghostbusters, since they worked together in “Bridesmaids.” Tina Fey, by virtue of being another former Not Ready for Prime Time Player, might also get an offer. Who else might round out the group, not to mention love interests, villains, and so on is open to speculation.
The question arises, can the third movie recapture the magic of the previous two after 25 or so years. The Ghostbusters films were a product of their times, where raucous comedies like “Caddyshack” and “”Ruthless People” filled movie theaters. “Ghostbusters” was also unique, perhaps reflecting the Reagan 80s, in that it had an officious government bureaucrat as a villain and celebrated free market capitalism, albeit by depicting exorcists for hire. The danger, as with all remakes and sequels, is that the younger generation may not appreciate it and fans of the original films might resent it.