Who you gonna call?

I think I saw the original Ghostbusters in the theater four or five times. Hey, it was the 80s, the music was catchy, the plot both funny and frightening, and I’d probably inhaled so much Aquanet hair spray that I kept forgetting how it ended. Who knows. Certainly it was one of my favorite for a long time.

The second movie wasn’t as good; sequels rarely are, of course. But when I think of the 80s, I always think of Ghostbusters.

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I’ll confess to being perhaps ridiculously excited by the notion of a third movie in the series, now, as Harold Ramis recently confirmed:

“yes, columbia is developing a script for GB3 with my year one writing partners, gene stupnitsky and lee eisenberg. judd apatow is co-producing year one and has made several other films for sony, so of course the studio is hoping to tap into some of the same acting talent. aykroyd, ivan reitman and i are consulting at this point, and according to dan, bill murray is willing to be involved on some level. he did record his dialogue for the new ghostbusters video game, as did danny and i, and ernie hudson. the concept is that the old ghostbusters would appear in the film in some mentor capacity. not much else to say at this point. everyone is confident a decent script can be written and i guess we’ll take it from there.

Ghostbusters! Back again! Ready for the next generation to have nightmares about the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man! Aaaaaawesome! Right?

Well… maybe. The Underwire’s Jenna Wortham isn’t so sure:

Would a geek-friendly revamp with a Judd Apatow ensemble cast improve upon — or destroy — fans’ memories of that fabulous ’80s aesthetic? (Akroyd told E Online that the idea of Apatow and actor Seth Rogen working on the Ghostbusters sequel would be “an absolute dream.”)

The nearly guaranteed heavy-handed use of CGI also could slime the sequel. Would it be worth it to risk fouling the franchise with a film that might fall a few protons short of audience expectations, like 2001′s Planet of the Apes or Peter Jackson’s King Kong?

Hmph. I choose to believe that this could be great; my Magic 8 Ball said it would be.

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