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Will there be a Ghostbusters 3?

Will there be a Ghostbusters 3?

By Alex Wiggan

For three decades ghosts, goblins and ghouls have been doing their level best to hide from a rag-tag team of nerdy, slightly past their prime science geeks, who have a habit of getting slimed by the things that go bump in the night. You may know them as Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore and Peter Venkman; but you’re probably more familiar with their collective team name of the Ghostbusters.

The Ghostbusters first fired up their proton packs and tackled the likes of Gozer and Stay Puft the Marshmallow Man in 1984 and have remained a popular part of geek culture ever since. Chances are that if you’re reading this you’ve seen the original Ghostbusters and its sequel, as well as spin-off cartoons the Real Ghostbusters (1986 – 1991) and Extreme Ghostbusters (1997). If not, then shame on you, you’ve clearly got some movies to catch up on this weekend.

Ghostbusters is admittedly a bit of an odd film as it’s a comedy-horror, which carefully mixes terror with belly laughs and is loved by both kids and adults alike. Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s there weren’t many kids who didn’t own some form of GB memorabilia and most adults will be able to recall the first time they watched the original movie.

With 2014 marking the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters – and the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters II – and Halloween just around the corner, the biggest question on everybody’s lips is, ‘where the heck is Ghostbusters III?’ More elusive than Atlantis, Shangri-La and Lord Lucan, Ghostbusters III has been talked about and debated ever since Venkman and Co hung up their proton packs following the underwhelming response to GB II in 1989; but the film has been making headlines as of late, with rumours that a third entry could be on the cards.

For years Ghostbusters III seemed like a pipedream, with Bill Murray in particular reluctant to jump back into his protoplasm covered overalls. Earlier this year it looked almost certainly like the project was never going to happen following the sad passing of Ghostbusters star and co-writer Harold Ramis. Well that was until Paul Feig, the talented director behind Bridesmaids (2011) and The Heat (2013) took to Twitter on October 8th 2014 and announced that a third GB movie was officially happening – with a female cast.

Paul Feig, who you may know better as the guy who played Mr Pool on the first season of hit TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch, said:

“It’s official. I’m making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That’s who I’m gonna call.”

Rumours of a female-led Ghostbusters movie have been passed around for a while now, but it’s not the first time that there have been female Ghostbusters. Check out the comics as well as the ‘90s toon Extreme Ghostbusters and you’ll see that female Ghostbusters have been bustin’ it with the best of ‘em.

However, with Warner Bros announcing on 15th October that a Wonder Woman movie is coming in 2017 and constant fan-talk about Marvel’s Black Widow possibly getting a solo offering, it seems it is the perfect time for a female-take on the Ghostbusters movie franchise. Many names have been suggested, with former X-Files star Gillian Anderson the latest actress to make it known she’d be up for it, but fans have been looking to the film’s original stars for a better insight into the casting.

Bill Murray recently appeared on America’s The Late Show with David Letterman, where the subject of Ghostbusters III came up.

Murray, said:

“The studio has always wanted to make another one because they can’t come up with any ideas,” before adding, “it’s hard to get an idea that’s good enough.”

When questioned by Letterman about a female-centric Ghostbusters movie, Murray said: “I think it would be swell. I’d go watch that one in a second.”

Murray’s suggestions for actresses included Melissa McCarthy, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone, who he shared screen time with during the movie Zombieland (2009).

Emma Stone’s response? Well, speaking to Vulture.com, the actress said: “that’s very nice”. The former Amazing Spider-man star then followed it up with: “I want to see Bill Murray in a female Ghostbusters.”

So it seems that even Hollywood’s hottest property still want to see Murray take up a role and although there is always the possibility that he will, for now GB fans will most likely be just hoping for another film in the franchise. Either way, with this being an anniversary year, there is no better time than now to slap on a fresh Ghostbusters T-shirt and catch up with Slimer, Vigo the Carpathian and the rest of the spectres down at Spook Central. After all, bustin’ makes you (me) feel good and who doesn’t want to feel good?

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About Alex Wiggan: Alex likes writing, reading comics and eating popcorn. He’s probably eating popcorn right at this moment. Someone should stop him. No, seriously, stop him will ya?!

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