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If there’s one person who’s shown interest in seeing the original Ghostbusters return for one last adventure, it’s Dan Aykroyd. For almost 30 years, the actor, who played Ray in the two movies, has remained optimistic about completing the trilogy someday, despite the lack of interest from an important co-star. Since then the original team of ghost-catchers has lost a member, but that hasn’t stopped Aykroyd from trying. In fact — the actor has revealed that a sequel is in the works.
“There is a possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters,” Aykroyd revealed during a recent appearance on The Big Interview with Dan Rather. “It’s being written right now.”
Should the sequel go ahead, it would not include the full line-up of ghost-catchers that we know and love. Of the original main cast, only Aykyrod, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson remain. Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler, passed away in February 2014.
Of course, there is also a strong possibility that Murray won’t be interested in returning to the fold. The actor is the main reason why a third movie hasn’t happened yet, despite various attempts to make it so throughout the years. The only reason he returned for Ghostbusters II was for the pay cheque after all, and the mixed response to that movie effectively killed his interest in returning for another installment and sullying the series even more.
A sequel was almost a reality, though. Titled Hellbent, the movie would have seen the team travel to an alternate, hellish version of Manhattan — ManHELLtan — and meet the Devil himself. Word on the street is that Murray’s character would have been a ghost who haunted his former comrades and Satan would have been a Trump-ish figure. That premise sounds fun.
That said, despite showing no interest in the past, Aykroyd believes that the stubborn Murray will return for one last hurrah: “I think Billy [Murray] will come. The story’s so good – even if he plays a ghost.” Since Ghostbusters II, Murray has lent his voice to the 2009 video game and even had a cameo in Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot. Another Ghostbusters movie might not be out of the question if the story is up to his standards.
Still, a third movie wouldn’t feel the same without any of the original cast members. Murray not being interested is one thing, but the loss of Ramis makes the likelihood of recapturing that old magic seem unlikely. That’s not to say that another movie won’t be good, but it won’t be the same Ghostbusters we know and love, will it?
At the same time, this franchise deserves more movies. As long as cinema has room for supernatural stories, there’s room for more Ghostbusters movies. The films never got to fully realise their franchise potential and it feels like a waste not to explore this concept in some capacity. The reboot didn’t exactly light the world on fire, but that doesn’t mean that they should give up on trying to make more flicks either.
Personally, I’d like to see the remaining cast members return as their old characters and mentor a brand new team of heroes. Aykroyd’s passion for the project alone deserves to see one more outing come to fruition. But should it actually happen, it’d be a waste not to look to propel the franchise forward. This idea was explored in the Extreme Ghostbusters cartoon, and that show was great fun.
Then again, I’m also open to the possibility of a sequel to the reboot. It was an entertaining movie, despite what the naysayers will have you believe. A complete reset wouldn’t be the worst idea either, provided that talented creators with good ideas oversaw the project. All I know is that there needs to be more movies about Ghostbusters.