‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel May Include CGI Harold Ramis

Screenrant reports that Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters flicks has some ideas about where to take the franchise next.

2016’s rebooted offering was certainly polarizing and seemed to slow the cogs of the planned Ghostbusters film universe that was in the making, but clearly the ideas haven’t stopped flowing for Reitman and co.

At last weekend’s San Diego Comic Con, the director/producer answered audience questions as to whether or not there were any plans to celebrate the franchises upcoming thirty-fifth anniversary in 2019.

Well, the studio is working on some really nice things. First of all, I can’t believe the movie is still playing and being watched so assiduously… and I can’t believe I’m so old. Yeah, I think there’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of special things. We’re going to try to tie one of our films close to that date.

As to whether or not a future film would involve the original star cast of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson, Reitman remained coy citing that the future of Ghostbusters was in novelty and innovation instead of nostalgia. However when asked about the modern phenomenon of reviving deceased actors with computer generated footage (arguably an interesting but potentially tasteless blend of innovation and nostalgia), Reitman was a little more forward.

It’s possible… it’s something we’re thinking of. [Audience ‘Oooohs’]. HINT. [Laughs]

This certainly opens a brand new tin of speculation. While 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gave us brief scenes with computer generated versions of a Star Wars era Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing, it was generally considered to be tasteful and well intentioned however the potential slide into ghoulish exploitation seems apparent to most people, at least for now.

Could this mean a return of Egon Spengler and a performance from the computer generated likeness of Harold Ramis? What if all the actors are bought back for a film once again set in the 1980’s?

Time will tell.

Thanks to Screenrant.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Yeah there are better african actress on SNL than her.

  • Duke

    Exactly. However they couldn’t figure out how to do that.

    I think Paul Feig came aboard and drastically changed what they were planning on doing

  • Evil Homer

    That would have worked well IMHO, basically Ghostbusters III.

  • Duke

    McCarthy was probably one of the better aspects of the film. Leslie Jones is who they need to can.

    Also, email.

  • Duke

    It was a reboot that could have easily been a sequel. McKinnon’s character would have made a great daughter of Egon. Leslie’s character could have been the niece to Ernie Hudson’s character.

    They could have done a Force Awakens and said how in the 30 years since G2, paranormal activity has been low, so much so that the events of G1/2 are regarded as a tourist scheme used to boost NY tourism.

    Bill Murray could have done a cameo in the same vein as Ford’s Han Solo, and Dan akyrod could have made a kickass appearance near the end.

    If that would have happened, the movie probably wouldn’t have flopped.

    Blame Paul Feig for that tho.

  • Evil Homer

    No. No. No.
    I didn’t see the reboot one – was it a reboot or just a sequel?
    If it was a sequel I’d watch it, but not sure why it’s an -all girl- cast.
    If it’s a reboot, they can keep it and any follow up movie. I hate reboots.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    While I didn’t hate the Ghostbusters reboot I didn’t love it either. I thought it was ok. But if they want to do a sequel right. GET RID OF MELLISA MCCARTHY! Replace her with another funny SNL girl Keep the rest she was the most annoying and unfunny in the group. Make Kate Mckinon the main focus. Let Zuul be the main villain. GET RID OF PAUL FEIG! Make James Wan the director. Make Patty less annoying. And make Kristen Wig and actual leader. Cool inventions,great cgi,no ghostbusters cover songs, and less sony ads, and good trailers and a sequel can work. Also get writers that can write a funny script and make Chris less dumb.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Stop with the ghostbusters reboot and make a male animated Ghostbusters movie.

  • William Dhalgren

    And Terminator.

  • William Dhalgren

    Totally agree.

  • Duke


  • Indianamcclain

    Nowadays something becoming popular is a bad thing, because it’ll be driven into the ground eventually.

  • Indianamcclain

    I do like that there are a lot of moments in the second film where you’re just hanging out with the Ghostbusters.

  • Indianamcclain

    Either way I think this is a bad idea.

  • DryButSoupy

    I wonder if what he’s talking about could be using cgi to make a ghost Egon…like he’s dead in-universe as well. That would take some of the pressure off having to make it photorealistic. But you still have the question of how tasteful that would be.

    GotG Volume 2 did a good job of de-aging Kurt Russell, but both Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in Rogue One looked “off” to me.

  • King Alvarez

    You are correct. It’s a totally forgettable movie, and at the time I was highly offended by that. Now in hindsight, its sooo much better than whatever else they try to come up with. I still don’t feel the need to rewatch it ever again though.

  • ResonanceCascade

    It’s kind of weird how much people hate Ghostbusters 2. It’s a really inoffensive, decent-but-forgettable sequel. Maybe that’s even worse to some folks than a real piece of shit, but not to me.

  • Joe Newman

    Say what you will about Ghostbusters 2, but it felt like a Ghostbusters movie. I don’t know if it’s possible to get that tone back after seeing the new one. It wasn’t that bad, but it didn’t feel like Ghostbusters, they probably should have just made it a parody instead.

  • I ain’t afraid of no CG Harold Ramis.

  • King Alvarez

    Please just stop with Ghostbusters,