Harold Ramis talks ‘Ghostbusters’ revival

Sept. 08, 2008 | 5:57 p.m.

RamisThere are more details on the effort to scare up a new “Ghostbusters” film. Flixster has a post about an e-mail interview with Dr. Egon Spengler himself, Harold Ramis. Here’s what the actor and filmmaker shared:

“Yes, Columbia is developing a script for ‘GB3’ with my ‘Year One‘ writing partners, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Judd Apatow is co-producing ‘Year One’ and has made several other films for Sony, so of course the studio is hoping to tap into some of the same acting talent. Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman and I are consulting at this point, and according to Dan [Akroyd], Bill Murray is willing to be involved on some level. He did record his dialogue for the new Ghostbusters video game, as did Danny and I, and Ernie Hudson. The concept is that the old Ghostbusters would appear in the film in some mentor capacity. Not much else to say at this point. Everyone is confident a decent script can be written and I guess we’ll take it from there.”

The Apatow presence immediately conjures up images of Steve Carrell, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd in jumpsuits with proton packs on their backs. I think Jonah Hill would make a great Slimer. What do you think? Would you want to see that crew crossing their streams?

Here’s the trailer for the original “Ghostbusters,” released in 1984.

— Geoff Boucher

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13 Responses to Harold Ramis talks ‘Ghostbusters’ revival

  1. Super Scott says:

    I think they should keep the original crew and do something like they did in Indiana Jones with introducing their sons or daughters as the future ghostbusters. I could play Dan Akroyd's son.
    I think whomever they chose to transition into the roles should be people they need to be looking to that could carry the role for some time. Otherwise you make it so that you are having to introduce new characters every new movie.
    Some unknowns could be what we GB fans are looking for.

  2. NICKDOLL says:

    My Ghostbusting dream team: Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Paul Rudd. Would love to work Michael Cera and James Franco in there somehow, but you only need 4 busters.
    For God's sakes though, leave Carrell out of it! He hasn't been funny since Office Season 2 (did anyone enjoy Evan Almighty or Get Smart?).

  3. Shadow says:

    I loved the original cast and thought that the moview were fun with of course 1 being great and 2 being good but of course you cant match a classic.
    But please stop production and throw out GB3 if you really are going to consider casting Steve Carrell and Seth Rogen. Both of these so called actors have been forced into the mainstream entertainment indsutries and the audience has had to put up with them long enough, isn't there anyone else out there that you can cast for a movie or are these 2 of the only so called actors in hollywood that is available when scripts come out?
    Steve Carrell may be funny to those that slow thinking and drunk and Seth Rogen seems to be now aimed at the overly stoned audience. Shame I believe Seth has a lot more potential in him to be a better actor and Steve well his time was over after he made his appearance in Bruce Almighty (sure the bit part as a anchorman was funny but only for the moment).
    Harrold, Dan, Bill, Earnie and Ivan thanks for the memories but please don't tarnish the image. Find some good new talent that you actually see as breakthru comics and entertainers and bring some new life into the industrie. Dont worry as long as all of you have parts in the movie your original fan base will come back to see the film, you dont need what the industry is trying to sell you for a cast get rid of the trash and build new.

  4. freeteams.net/TampaC says:

    I would soooooooooo play Bill Murrays' son in this – or younger brother – illegitamit son what ever lol

  5. Farfull says:

    Dispite what everyone else here thinks, the Ghostbuster generation ain't dead yet so you young whippersnapers don't have to sign up for the GB3 sequals just yet. The original cast can carry the movie without the" ants in the pants" crowd trying to horn in to show of thier meagre talents.

  6. Jay says:

    I love the orignal crew..if the orignal crew couldnt do it i would want
    Seth Green,Seth McFarlne,Ben Stiller,Downey Jr. I think it be funny if Downey Jr. had played another black guy if he couldnt do it then it be Cube Gooding Jr.

  7. NICKDOLL says:

    My Ghostbusting dream team: Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Paul Rudd. Would love to work Michael Cera and James Franco in there somehow, but you only need 4 busters.
    For God's sakes though, leave Carrell out of it! He hasn't been funny since Office Season 2 (did anyone enjoy Evan Almighty or Get Smart?).

  8. Cheryl says:

    Well its about freakin time! The grownup kids of the 80's have been waiting for this!

  9. Matt says:


  10. Mark James says:

    I would love to see a ghostbusters movie with the original ghostbusters, I really have no interest in seeing new ghostbusters. What made the ghostbusters interesting was the dynamic between the characters.
    I'd rather see the original ghostbusters go on a camping trip, and not bust any ghosts, than watch Ghostbusters: Pass the Torch.
    What's key is a good script for the original ghostbusers. What are they doing now? Are Peter and Dana divorced? What's happening in their relationship? What about Peter, Ray, and Egon, do they hate each others guts? Did Ray have have kids? What could happen to make the old ghostbusers, decide to bust some ghosts again?

  11. Arty K says:

    I hope they finally go through with this one. It seems like every time a Ghostbusters Project goes down some kind of nonsense happens. The original Ghostbusters 3 was shutdown. Then the video game was supposed to happened now thats on hold. Whats going on?
    I think they should bring back Oscar as a Ghostbuster. Not the actual person who played Oscar cause I dont know what that persons up to but have Oscar as part of the story.
    Some of the actors going into this youre bound to find someone from the Office. I think Carells a great actor on the show but not a Ghostbuster. Jims too much of a chick flick guy from License to Wed. Rainn Wilson could be a Ray kind of person.
    I was also thinking maybe a Will Smith but to play a wise guy like Bill Murray. But hes portrayed that image in MIB and Hancock.
    Paul Rudd could be a Ghostbuster and Michael Cera could play Louis. No Seth Rogen please. A favorite of mine but not a Ghostbuster. Jason Segal or James Franco can play the parts possibly. Ryan Reynolds unless everyones sick of him. Justin Long, Jason Mewes, Jason Lee. Its going to be a tough call. Kevin James and Adam Sandler could be two of them too being from NY. We will never know.
    I do not want to see: Vince Vaughn, Dane Cook, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller in these movies.
    Nor Shia Labeouf. Hes already nabbed two of the 80s greatest comebacks.
    Overall if they wanted to use Ramis, Murray, Akroyd and Hudson I think they could pull it off. If Ford could do Indiana Jones than those guys can do Ghostbusters.

  12. James -D says:

    Its about time ghostbusters 1 and 2 are fantastic i can watch the film over and over again
    harold ramis has just made 1 person very happy and cannot wait to see number 3

  13. The Prophecy says:

    I hope they do come out with a new one and all the original ghostbusters should be in it, with successors of themselves if you will as the
    new team of ghostbusters. I think they should be a big part of the movie but not actually be ghostbusters themselves. I liked the idea of ben stiller, and seth rogan playing a part, and even rick moranis as previously discussed by ramis himself.

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