Ghostbusters 3 Back On?

Rumor has it that Ghostbusters 3 is now going to happen by summer. I don’t want to say I am opposed to the idea. I’m not. I just don’t like that Bill Murray doesn’t want to come back and they still plan to move ahead with or without him. If they can’t get the main four guys there’s no point.

Ivan Reitman, the director of the first two films, had another movie in pre-production at Paramount that just got put into turnaround. Supposedly the reason Paramount did this was to allow him to make Ghostbusters 3. I don’t see Paramount and Sony working so well together to allow Reitman to bail on them for a higher profile project. I have a feeling they didn’t have enough faith in him or the script and that’s why it happened. I think Paramount and Reitman are just trying to save face. In the last 15 years Reitman has been floundering as a director making bad movies like Evolution and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. That’s greatly diminished his clout. He needs Ghostbusters to get back on top. Dan Aykroyd has been pushing to make this happen for years. That’s not a good thing either. He did the sequel to The Blues Brothers, sullying the memory of John Bulushi, and now is considering making an third Ghostbusters without Bill Murray. I say no.

Sure, I have faith in Etan Cohen as a writer but without all the pieces this could very easily fall apart. I would rather have no new Ghostbusters than an inferior sequel too many years after the fact. Let’s just hope it all comes together right or not at all. We don’t need another Star Wars or Indiana Jones type screw up. If it could be like Rocky or Rambo I would be okay with it.

At this point I guess it’s just a wait and see kind of thing.


Saturday Night Live Stars And Their Crimes Against Humanity

Sure Eddie Murphy is the easiest person to pick on when it comes to bad movies and being a regular on SNL. Adam Sandler is a pretty easy target too. Then there’s Rob Scneider and Chris Rock. Each of them has made good movies but it seems the bad outweigh the good anymore.

Here’s the thing, most former SNL cast members don’t know when to grow up and change things up. Dan Aykroyd still makes bad movies from time to time, sure, but he also got nominated for an academy award. He has also realized that he can be good in small dramatic roles or comic relief in others like Sneakers. Bill Murray has completely changed his career. Chevy Chase proved he can still be funny on Community. They’ve moved to other types of work. They don’t keep doing the same thing that made them famous over and over again.

Unfortunately it seems change didn’t help Eddie Murphy. He got caught with a tranny hooker and started making family films to atone. Now we get crap like A Thousand Words and he can’t seem to break out of it.

When it comes to the castmates from the 90’s who seemed to make splash on the big screen we have Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Mike Myers. Spade and Farley were a good double act but alone didn’t amount to much. After Farley’s untimely death Spade made his way to television playing different variations of the same character. Myers made it big with Dana Carvey in Wayne’s World but it wasn’t until Austin Powers that he showed the potential for staying power…only to disappear from the live action world after the horrible Cat In The Hat and The Love Guru. Carvey tried once with Master Of Disguise and the audience never forgave him.

The hardest thing for a comedic actor to do is prove their worth in other fields. Luckily people forget Robert Downey Jr. was once a cast member of SNL. He is one of four people from the show nominated for an Oscar.

There is an old say about how it’s better to burn out than to fade away. Well, thanks to the performance of Jack & Jill, Dickie Roberts, The Love Guru, Meet Dave, and many others we are seeing the fading happen. It’s a shame. These people all have talent and have proven it on more than one occasion. Now if they could just grow up and show it to us.

Give us another 54, Punch Drunk Love, Dreamgirls, or Driving Miss Daisy level performance. Your audience has grown up. So should you.

Proposed Sequel News – Ghostbusters and Independence Day

I have no problem with sequels…when they’re done well. But I can’t help but feel aprehensive when I hear about them, especially when the franchise has sat dormant for a decade or more.

First up is Ghostbusters 3. There has been so much talk about this movie from so many entertainment sites. There were rumors of Bill Murray not even reading a recent draft, shredding it and sending it back to Dan Aykroyd to smaller he’s of the writers of Year One doing a draft that everyone rejected.

The latest news is that Etan Cohen, writer of the recent Men In Black 3, being hired to write a draft. This could be both good and bad. He worked on King Of The Hill, Beavis & Butt-Head, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder. Those were all co-writing gigs. Men In Black 3 was a solo credit and look how that turned out. Under the guidance of treats like Aykroyd, Ramis and Murray he may create a great story but we may never know.

At this point, like many fans, I almost feel like they should just give up on trying to make a third movie. Maybe that time has just simply passed. I love the first movie and enjoy the second one, flaws and all. But a third one after all these years just may not find a way to live up to fans expectations.

Next up is Independence Day. I don’t know why Fox didn’t make a sequel right away. The only thing I can figure is that the rights are held by the filmmakers and not the studio. Dean Devlin, co-writer and producer of the original said that he and Roland Emmerich have figured out the story and are currently writing the script. No word yet on whether they can get Will Smith back.

My guess is that since Emmerich’s latest film, Anonymous, barely even made it to theaters and Devlin has done nothing of note in years other than producing the television series Leverage that this is not about coming up with a great story and more about getting their names back out there.

Don Coscorelli, director of the Phantasm films, said once that people wouldn’t give him money for other films and so he kept going back to the series. Even after Bubba Ho-Tep he is struggling to find distribution for John Dies At The End. I wonder if Emmerich and Devlin are feeling the same pressure right about now. After Stargate they made Independence Day and it put them on the map. Then the goodwill was gone after making Godzilla and they dissolved their partnership. Emmerich went on to make several high budget movies about disasters and the box office returns slowly shrank. It seems to me it’s more about getting back in the good graces of high powered executives. I hope I’m wrong. I hope they can make a movie closer to Stargate again.