I’m showing my age here, but one of my favourite flashbacks to my childhood is of being sat on the sofa with my younger brother staring wide-eyed at the TV screen while bumbling scientists Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis got slimed over and over in the supernatural comedy classic, Ghostbusters. Released in June 1984, I was too young to go and see it at the cinema but I never failed to catch the re-runs when it appeared in our homes during the years that followed, usually around Christmas time if my memory serves me correctly.
I recall feeling quite a mixture of emotions when watching the film; sheer terror at whatever the hell was lurking in Sigourney Weaver’s fridge, wonder at just how much of that yummy giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man I could eat before feeling sick and jubilation when Murray and co. finally managed to save the citizens of New York City from Gozer the Gozerian!
I was still too young to see the 1989 sequel release at the cinema but, again, spent many a subsequent Christmas glued to the set watching as ‘team GB’ tackled and conquered the evil Vigo, delighting at the sight of the hilarious Slimer driving a bus and vowing one day that I would own my very own Proton Pack.
I’m just glad that I didn’t wait with bated breath for Ghostbusters III! Almost 30 years since the first film hit the big screen we are still waiting for its release and there’s a lot of speculation around whether it will ever be made. Bloody Disgusting fuelled rumours at the end of February that the film was going to be animated but these were swiftly quashed by Coming Soon who reported “We talked to the studio. They continue to develop a new live-action version and there is no animated movie in the works”. With Bill Murray still refusing to come on board it’s possible we’ll be seeing some new faces should production go ahead this summer as expected, which, if Ackroyd’s comment to Metro in August last year is to be believed, still looks hopeful;
“We’ve got a brilliant new writer on it and we’ll be passing the torch on to a new generation. I’m confident we’ll be in production in the next year.”
Watch this space…