Ghostbusters 3 has become something of a long-running Hollywood joke at this point, with rumors that it might happen having circulated for well over a decade. With the news last month that Bill Murray was officially not going to be in the movie, that at least removed one of the biggest impediments that was supposedly standing in the way of a new Ghostbusters sequel. So now, theoretically, we might actually get a third Ghostbusters movie…but it may not be the Ghostbusters movie we’d expect. Could Ghostbusters 3 actually become Ghostbusters 1, Take 2 — an all-out reboot?
This latest rumor can be traced back to something said by Harold Ramis himself during an interview with Collider. Speaking on the subject of Ghostbusters 3 and his upcoming Twins sequel, Ramis said, “Well, I’d like to go forward and make new things. I think Ghostbusters probably should be remade, if we can get it all right. We’re working on it, so we’ll see.”
The key word is obviously “remade,” but what does Ramis mean by that? It could just be a slip of the tongue, or a less-than-accurate description. We know that Ghostbusters 3 will supposedly introduce a new crew of ‘busters and have the old guys pass the proton pack to them. The “remade” comment could simply be referring to that transitional idea. “Remade” isn’t quite the right word, but I can certainly see how Reitman could slip and say that when thinking about the “new Ghostbusters” idea.
Or…he might have meant exactly what he said. While you’d think the studio would want to use the remaining three original Ghostbusters to put in an appearance and thus lend the new guys more credibility with fans, it’s certainly not impossible that they just want to reboot the franchise outright. That would be a dumb idea, in my humble opinion, but since when has Hollywood shied away from dumb ideas?
Even if the next GB film is an outright reboot, from the sound of things Aykroyd and Ramis will still be involved at least behind the scenes. Hopefully we’ll get some clarification on Ramis’ comment soon, because any journalist worth their salt that has an interview with him should follow up on the subject to see what he meant.