Ghostbusters 3 Is Coming in 2020, and Without the Original Cast as Prominent Characters, No One Should Care
Because I don't want to see a team of teenagers take center stage over incredible talents Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts.
There is so much chatter and excitement over Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters sequel; a film that has been kept secret under the name Rust City. And just to be clear, there is already a sequel to 1984’s Ghostbusters, so this is either a sequel to the original that ignores the second film, Ghostbusters 2, or the third Ghostbusters film, making Ghostbusters a franchise. IMDB does list its also known as title as Ghostbusters 3, so there you have it.
News of a Ghostbusters 3 that continues the original film’s storyline is great, but only if it includes the original cast: Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts. Sadly, Ghostbusters original writer and star Harold Ramis passed away in 2014.
Having Jason Reitman, the son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, at the helm of the new Ghostbusters movie — he also co-wrote the script — does give hope that it will include the original cast. Ivan Reitman is listed as a producer along with Dan Aykroyd.
An Original-Cast Less Ghostbusters 3 Is Worthless
Who cares about a Ghostbusters sequel or Ghostbusters 3 if the original cast isn’t on board. We got a reboot of Ghostbusters in 2016, and while Paul Feig’s all-female ghostbusting team is entertaining, the movie is far from memorable. I’ve seen it once and never had the inclination to revisit it, and I love Melissa McCarthy in everything. But if you put Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd back in their ghost-busting suits and set them loose in New York City again, I’ll be first in line at the door.
Whether the original cast will return for Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters sequel has not been divulged, even though the original Ecto-1 ghostbuster vehicle makes an appearance in the Ghostbusters 3 teaser trailer. In fact, it’s the only star in the trailer for 2020’s Ghostbusters, or #GB20.
Sony refers to the 2020 Ghostbusters movie as “the next chapter in the original story” that passes the torch, “both inside and out.”
That statement definitely hints at the original Ghostbusters cast returning for Ghostbusters 3, but it’s not official. And it could just mean they make cameos before the rumored cast of four teens, two boys and two girls, take up ghost-blasting duties.
A Cameo Is Not Enough in the Ghostbusters Threequel
If cameos are all we get, I’m not interested. I want the original Ghostbusters team front and center in Ghostbusters 3, making me laugh hysterically at every turn and wanting more. I want to see another epic scene like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and classic lines spoken again by the actors who deliver them best, such as “He slimed me, I feel so funky.” I want the impossible to duplicate chemistry of the team, including Annie Potts, back in full glory. I want a true Ghostbusters sequel, not a ploy to get viewers in the seats that will inevitably disappoint them.
And no, I do not care that they’re “old” and a tad overweight or move a bit slower – make it work!
The original Ghostbusters team can pass the torch at the end of Ghostbusters 3, and then a new Ghostbusters story for a new generation can continue. For my generation, I can’t speak for everyone, but I think it’s safe to say we’re quite happy with what we were given and would like to see it continue on at least one more time and with respect.