There’s something strange in the neighborhood. Who you gonna call?
That’s right … except Bill Murray may not be there to the rescue anymore.
That’s what Dan Aykroyd recently told the media about their ongoing plan to produce and film Ghostbusters 3, the third installment of the 80’s phenomenal hit Ghostbusters starred in by Murray, Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver, without Bill Murray who Aykroyd said did not want to be involved in the film anymore to rejoin his good old ghost busting comrades this time around.
According to Aykroyd, Murray did not want to come back due possibly to his current lifestyle and his ties with family and his present diversions.
Based on fan reactions on the net regarding Murray’s absence, Ghostbusters fans who are generally made up of the film’s original followers during the Gen X era, however, are concocting their own speculations.
Fans think that Murray wanted out perhaps because he is already too old to be donning the Ghostbusters uniform and terminating the menacing supernaturals. Many also guess that Murray doesn’t believe the film would still click with the filmgoing audience of the new era almost 30 years after the original Ghostbusters made a tremendous splash in the box office … and in every marketing capitalist’s bank accounts who successfully dipped into the film’s household fame by creating all sorts of merchandise imaginable using the film’s “ghost busted” logo.
Ask any regular Gen Xer if they remember owning a Ghostbusters T-shirt, pencil case or coffee mug back in the 80’s and note the nostalgic look in their faces.
In 1984, Ghostbusters was huge and its astounding estimated earnings of more than $290 million in the box office is proof that the film rocked the Gen X era.
Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the screenplay of the comedic supernatural film almost three decades ago about three goofy parapsychologists who started a business busting ghosts and other paranormal activities in the land of great and weird opportunities, New York City, after their academic stint at Columbia University.
Set up in an old firehouse, the once financially struggling business called “Ghostbusters” rose to fame when they started “exterminating” ghosts and capturing them in a special “container”. Sigourney Weaver was their special client. After a rollercoaster ride of busting ghosts and keeping up with EPA regulations, the team battled the havoc created by minions of supernaturals destroying the city and emerged victorious in the end amidst the raving New York residents and the relieved mayor’s office.
Since the original movie was released, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) have been embraced by fans all over the world as the film became the most successful comedy film of the 80’s. Film critics were not pouting either as the film gained nominations and recognitions from film bodies over time. In fact, Ghostbusters made it to the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Comedy Films of all time.
The soundtrack of the film also did well in the market with its theme “Ghostbusters” performed and written by Ray Parker, Jr. staying at number #1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks. Some believe the song with its extremely famous lines “Who you gonna call?” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost” also helped in pushing the numbers up for the movie.
Aside from sequels, Ghostbusters’ success has also spawned video and computer games, animation, toys and other promotional merchandise.
The film sequel in 1989 which brought back its original cast did not diminish the film’s original impact among its fans as it earned a whopping $215 million, almost duplicating its original release’s earnings, in the box office.
Despite commercial success, however, the critics were not smiling anymore as the film was considered substandard by some. Siskel and Ebert gave Ghostbusters 2 a thumbs down and voted the film as one of the worst films of that year.
Maybe Bill Murray read that review and got extremely disappointed.
It looks like, if Ghostbusters 3 will finally get released, the fans will have to decide if they would still be there to watch the once Gen X treasure considering Murray will not be there to bust some ghosts anymore.
You know how it is with an old love affair. It’s hard for some to get over the beloved ex … unless of course, the new relationship to replace the old flame is an awesome one. But with Murray’s legacy, that would be a tough act.
Maybe Murray doesn’t have to be replaced in the film. His contribution may be honored by just having his pictures hanging on the walls of the new Ghostbusters unit with new ghost busters donning the traditional uniform under the leadership of Aykroyd, Ramis and Hudson.
Maybe include new recruits like Jack Black, Ben Stiller and other modern comedians who can also deliver the goods and maybe create their own legacy with old Ghostbusters fans and new ones.
They say Ghostbusters 3 is in the works. Let’s see what happens then.
Will Gen X still watch?
Ain’t they afraid of no Ghostbusters 3 without Bill Murray?
Dan Aykroyd : Bill Murray won’t do ‘Ghostbusters 3’ (CNN)