Wednesday, February 29, 2012
YOU'RE GONNA CALL WHO?!
I don’t blame Bill Murray for turning down Ghostbusters III. Why ruin the legacy of the first movie if the script isn’t up to par? More often than not, a sequel is nothing more than a simple cash grab and doesn’t have the fun, excitement, or feel of the original. For every “Godfather Part II” you get “Caddyshack II” or dare I say it, “Rocky V”.
Ackroyd of all people should know what happens when you greenlight a sequel without the main cast returning. You can't make a fucking Blues Brothers sequel when one dies and you sure as hell can't make a Ghostbusters sequel without Peter Venkman.
I have no problem with a Ghostbusters sequel if you pair them up with let's say four younger comic actors. Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, and Craig Robinson, for example. You put those four with the returning Ghostbusters and I'd see it. You put out a Murray-less movie and all the wit & charm is gone.
Between the Star Wars prequels and the fourth Indiana Jones movie, it's pretty clear that older movies should just stay cherished and not tinkered with. If you're gonna do it, do it right or don't do it at all.