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Harold Ramis Dishes On 'Ghostbusters 3'

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Posted March 31, 2009 - By Joseph Baxter

Harold Ramis Dishes On 'Ghostbusters 3'

Looks like the boys are once again, about to "show this pre-historic b***h how they do things downtown."

In a recent interview with MTV, Actor/Director, Harold Ramis discussed some details about the upcoming third Ghostbusters film. With the franchise getting revived after being dormant for 20 years, it left many wondering exactly how a comeback would be handled and whether or not all our favorite paranormal exterminators would return. According to Ramis...HELL YEAH! (Well, those weren't his exact words, but...)

That's right, in addition to Ramis himself (Egon Spengler), the new film will feature the original Ghostbusters Bill Murray (Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz), and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore.) However, there is no official word on the supposedly retired-from-acting Rick Moranis (Louis Tully) or Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz.)

Ramis, who is currently waiting on the first draft of the script, also provided some insight into the concept of the film.

"We're all going to be in it in different kinds of roles," Ramis said. "We're going to be the sage mentors. There are going to be young Ghostbusters."

I don't think it would take the clairvoyance of Nostradamus to predict that the original Ghostbusters are getting "up there" in age, and that a new Ghostbusters film featuring them would likely be a vehicle for passing the baton. When it comes down to it, this is the only concept that is feasible and it CAN work.

This, I suppose, would be the part where we start speculating on the casting of the "New Ghostbusters." Standard industry names will likely come up: Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Russell Brand, Steve Carell (and basically anyone from The Office.)

Oh! Could we see some female Ghostbusters? It is 2009, after all. It's likely that they would scour the field of current and ex-Saturday Night Live cast members. Tina Fey? Amy Poehler? Kristen Wiig? 

What's important is that they don't give into the temptation for the film to become some watered-down parody of the franchise. While it needs to retain its roots, it also has to be something that transitions smoothly into the atmosphere and sensibilities of the world of today (while not getting too caught up in that aspect, either.) It also needs to be funny, yet cannot be campy, relying on generic 80's nostalgia. It's a fine line to walk, and I'm sure that writing this script will be a long and difficult process. 

If you ask me: It needs more Vigo The Carpathian.

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