Is GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Actually A Remake?

Is the much talked about Ghostbusters sequel not quite what everyone is thinking it will be?

While doing the publicity rounds for the blu-ray release of his movie Dave, Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman was of course asked about the ongoing struggle to get a third film for the franchise together. Here’s what he told Collider –

I think Ghostbusters probably should be remade, if we can get it all right. We’re working on it, so we’ll see.

There was no follow up from Collider on this statement, so all we are left is some speculation.

Have Reitman and Ghostbusters writer and co-star Dan Aykroyd given up on a third installment and are now looking at remaking the original film, presumably with a cast of young talent? It is not such a far-fetched idea, considering that one of the main sticking points to getting a third film going has been co-star Bill Murray’s reluctance to strap on his proton pack one more time. Remember that at one time Aykroyd himself once mooted the possibility of moving forward on a new film without Murray’s participation. A relaunch of the franchise would certainly be in line with that notion.

But I have to say that a flat out remake of Ghostbusters just sounds like a terrible idea. The film is a classic for several reasons, the least of which were an incredible screenplay and the incredible chemistry between the entire cast. There simply doesn’t seem to me to be a way in which one could improve on wither of those two aspects and trying to sounds like you would just be setting yourself up to disappoint people.

Here’s hoping that Reitman actually misspoke and that they are still working on a straight-up third film and not some sort of remake/reboot fiasco.

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