Article by James
This past weekend I spent Saturday night watching X-Men movies with my young nephew. It’s amazing how kids translate the inner workings of story lines, character development and such things with insight we miss as adults. I do suppose its because we take certain things for granted with the hindsight of years and the implications of experience; positive and negative. But a fresh, innocent mind sees things in a way that makes me in particular see something new as well. Gotta love that. And yes, I am referring to the X-Men movies. One through three. His favourite is the guy that can turn to metal, mine being Wolverine.
Then on Sunday morning we got up, burnt some toast, and he insisted we watch Ghostbusters. Yes, the 84 classic written by and starring Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis also star in this hugely successful comedy that spawned the not-as-fun, but still reasonable sequel. Then I thought, hang on… what ever happened to the on-going rumours of Ghostbusters 3????!!!
Turns out its been churning along slowly for years. Current rumours say late 2012. With original director of both movies, Ivan Reitman, confirmed as back to direct the third. Aykroyd and Ramis are apparently still re-writing the script with assistance from the writers of the American version of TV’s The Office. Bill Murray is on and off re the project, but Weaver is in. After reading much about it, I noticed Moranis is a no-go. Then, I went… where the heck has he been?
For those of a younger vintage, Rick Moranis was quite the staple in a lot of hugely successful comedies throughout the 80’s and early 90’s with such flicks as Ghostbusters 1 & 2, 86’s hugely under-rated musical/comedy adaptation of the 60’s film Little Shop of Horrors, Mel Brooks’ 87 comedy-spoof Spaceballs, and 89’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Then his wife died in the mid 90’s and he retired to raise his children as a single parent. For those who know his work, I have always found Moranis to be such an endearing character on screen with my favourite role of his being the naïve Seymour in LSOH. It is a loss for us all that he doesn’t continue to appear in film. Though professionally he hasn’t been silent. In the noughties he released two albums of original material, with the last being The Agoraphobic Cowboy. It was even nominated in 2006 for a comedy-category Grammy.
So though Moranis may not be back, I bet Murray caves and joins the cast again, with everyone else agreed to green light the project. And with the assistance of current comedic writers in the mix, I will be there to see it. I do think 2012 is unlikely, but let’s hope it’s not so far away.