Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie may not exactly be lighting up the box office or gathering all of the critical praise (it has some major issues to be sure, but I think it’s better and more enjoyable than a lot of critics are giving it credit for). Perhaps most importantly, however, it’s given people an excuse to talk to and about Sigourney Weaver, and we’re always down with that. The 65-year-old actress (which still blows my mind) has talked about Chappie, obviously, as well as Blomkamp’s upcoming Alien movie, but she has also now chimed in on another franchise she played a key part in: Ghostbusters.
Screen Rant caught up with Weaver, who played cellist and Peter Venkeman love interest Dana Barrett in both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, and asked if she will show up in Paul Feig’s upcoming female-fronted reboot. While it doesn’t sound like there are any concrete plans at this point—it’s still early going, as the film isn’t scheduled to start filming until later this summer—Weaver does seem enthusiastic and hopeful that it will happen. She says:
They might have us pop up as marshmallow men or something and then destroy us. I don’t know. I hope they will think of some silly way for us to be in it. Maybe I could play that ancient librarian who goes [makes noise].
By “us” she obviously means the surviving members of the original cast, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, though if they’re going to go this route, we’d like to see Annie Potts and Rick Moranis included in the fun, too.
When the cast of Feig’s new film was announced—it stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon—it was also accompanied by reports that they wanted Murray to play an antagonistic role. It wouldn’t be the main villain (they’re reportedly after Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage for that), but something akin to William Atherton’s character in the original. Murray has been reluctant to get involved in any of the proposed Ghostbusters films over the years, so it seems unlikely that he’d sign on for such a role, so perhaps a cameo would be more likely.
Aykroyd has long been the driving force behind more Ghostbusters, so you have to guess he’d be down, and while Hudson was initially opposed to the new direction, he’s come around and you can imagine him appearing.
While this is the way these things usually go—every time there’s a reboot, the original players usually get a cameo or walk on part—it always comes off as a distraction. It sounds like a good idea on paper, like an homage to what came before, but these moments are often clunky and disruptive.
What do you think, would you like to see the original team back together for a cameo in the new Ghostbusters?