The internet is astir, because someone in Hollywood has given the go ahead to two writers from The Office to write a script for a third Ghostbusters movie that would reconvene the original cast. No, David Blaine. The argument that Hollywood is out of ideas is a common one, and not a summer goes by without something being dredged up from Old News Lake and remade for the big business of nostalgiaploitation. Those are both true, but this isn’t even about that. And this is not some fanboy rant about not wanting to see my precious Ghostbusters tarnished by a half-assed cash grab. It’s definitely a half-assed cash grab, but the original cast is great, and writers on The Office are good writers, so at the very least it’s a half-assed cash grab with genuine talent behind it. Besides, I sleep in a big boy bed now, with man sheets, and cannot be bothered with the exhausting enthusiasms of my youth (i.e. I am waiting for death.)

But the simple fact of the matter is that cleaning up New York’s ghosts is a grim fucking topic.

Ghosts might have been funny in the ’80s when the future was one long cocaine line spread out on the hood of a Porsche, but now the future is basically just constant war in Iraq. Forever. And New York ghosts in particular, while they might have been cute in the ’80s when they were Slimer bouncing off the walls of the Sedgewick Hotel, now, to put as fine and morbid a point on it as possible, there are a whole bunch of them in the financial district that I’m not entirely convinced we want to see shoved into those weird ghost glue traps and put into the Ghost Containment Unit in the fire station basement to be guarded by Janine.

And we definitely don’t need to see that shit on a juice box.

Ecto-cooler. Never forget.

Comments (10)
  1. hey, who says it’ll be nyc? maybe venkman and co. will have moved out to los angles where they can battle with the phantasms of deceased movie stars. imagine getting slimed by fatty arbuckle!

  2. America is so ready for a 9/11 comedy.

  3. I remember reading about when Harold Ramis was directing one of the Office episodes in season 3 and some of the writers told him their idea for Ghostbusters 3. i didn’t think it was an actual pitch, just something that writers toss around in the writers room but I wonder if that’s this movie.

  4. ectogasm  |   Posted on Sep 7th, 2008 0

    i’m in favor of this movie purely for the possibility that they will bring ecto cooler back. and the comedy of a really fat, elderly ghostbusters cast somehow CGI’d into doing exciting maneuvers like running and jumping.

  5. ECTO COOLER! YESSSSSSS! Ghostbusters 3? Nooooo.

  6. there’s a ghostbusters 2?

  7. Ghost Busters ROCK!  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2008 0

    I think they should go ahead with this movie! What gets me is, what does 9/11 have to do with any of this? Because it took place in NYC? Grow up! If thats your aguement, then they should not have made Batman Dark Knight or Transformers or any other move with “violence”. To many people get offended today. Whhhaaaa, I need my bottle! BTW, both were great movies!

  8. you know Ghostbusters 3 will be stupid, qz even 1 and 2 were worth than cartoons! that’s my true opinion! hope i’m not the only one there

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