This past weekend marked 30 years since Ivan Reitman and a collection of some of the funniest men to ever lived dropped Ghostbusters and changed the world for ever. It is also worth nothing that Joe Dante’s Gremlins was released on the same date, thus making this one of the best days in the history of the human race. With the release of a Ghostbusters LEGO set, as well as the announcement that there is a special edition Blu-ray in the works, we’ve had a lot to celebrate. Unfortunately, people are ruining all of this fun by bringing up the possibility of Ghostbusters 3, and one of those individuals is Sigourney Weaver. She also hints at the identity of one of a new team of Ghostbusters.
Under normal circumstances, Weaver can say just about anything she wants and we’re okay with it, but we’d really like everyone to just drop the subject of Ghostbusters 3. Talking to Vanity Fair, she recounted a recent conversation with Reitman where she said she had one condition for returning to the franchise, she said, “I want my son Oscar to be a Ghostbuster.” To this statement Reitman replied, “We’ve already done that.”
You probably remember Oscar as the son of Weaver’s Dana Barrett from 1989’s Ghostbusters 2. He was the baby that Peter MacNichol’s character kept trying to kidnap so his boss, Vigo the Carpathian (Wilhelm von Homburg), could emerge from a painting, take over the boy’s body, and be reborn to wreak havoc on the modern world. He’d be in his mid-twenties by now, and obviously has a history with the paranormal, so it would make sense that he could be one of the four new Ghostbusters that Dan Aykroyd has indicated the new film will feature. If nothing else, at least Oscar has a connection to the franchise.
Harold Ramis’ unfortunate passing obviously has a huge impact on the look and feel of any future Ghostbusters movies, and Bill Murray has repeatedly noted that he’s not interested and that this is probably a terrible idea. In fact, the only people who consistently seems to want this is Dan Aykroyd and Reitman. Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleisher is the lasts name that has been kicked around as a potential director. And it does sound like Weaver is on board, and if that is the case, she will join Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore and Rick Moranis’ Louis Tully, who have both indicated that they would return. There is, however, no word on Slimer. We hear he’ll only come back if he gets to slime Venkman one more time.