In case you thought the internet was getting a little too civil, it was recently announced that we'd be getting a new Ghostbusters movie! This time it will be set in the same universe as the original two movies, ignoring the recent reboot that had the unmitigated gall to cast hilarious women instead of a bunch of haggard old dudes. Interestingly, the new movie is set to be directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan -- since landing a big-budget franchise, not unlike the Iron Throne, is apparently determined by bloodline. Reitman even released a teaser trailer featuring ... well, no one. But it looks like the Ecto-1 has been stashed in a haunted barn for the last three decades.
The "secret" project seemingly caught everyone off-guard, but it shouldn't have. Just last November, original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd totally spilled the beans about the new movie in an interview with Dan Rather. "I think we have a story that's going to work and it's being written right now by really good filmmakers. I can't say their names ... They're a good team and they are making an effort to bring back all the emotion and spirit of the first two movies and then take it into the 21st century with a vernacular that's needed today to get it across."
First of all, does Aykroyd know that a lot of people hate the second movie? Including Peter Venkman himself? Maybe audiences don't want the "emotion and spirit" of a movie in which a haunted painting is trying to turn himself into a baby. Aykroyd also crapped on the Paul Feig reboot (aka the "girls movie") for not taking his suggestions, and even stated that he thinks that Reitman's script is so good that Bill Murray will definitely return "even if he plays a ghost." Yay?
If you didn't pay any attention to this back in 2018, we can't blame you. Aykroyd has basically become The Boy Who Cried Ghostbusters 3. He's been hyping up a third movie for years now -- though at least he seems to have dropped the idea that the beloved paranormal investigators should journey into the bowels of hell to battle a demonic Donald Trump.
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Some things that appear fun and wacky have dark secrets at their core.
It's time for these fictional characters to have some accountability.