Look, I'm thinking the same thing you are: Here comes Hollywood to screw up another one of our beloved franchises by re-imagining it for this new, hip generation. Whenever they try to mess with nostalgia, it always comes back to bite them in the ass -- but could things be different with a franchise like Ghostbusters, which gave us two films ... and, let's admit it, only one real classic? Here are five ways to make a cool Ghostbusters sequel ...
1. Get the Apatow crew involved
When you look back at the original Ghostbusters, you see names like Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ivan Reitman. Back in 1984, these were the folks who made us really laugh. These were the young-ish voices of the time; the guys you wanted to pay money to see because you knew they'd be worth it. Today, the same can be said for guys like Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Steve Carell, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Craig Robinson. At least a few of those names should show up in the sequel in order for it to have a really good shot of succeeding with fans.
2. Get a director who understands the franchise (ie: Harold Ramis or Ivan Reitman)
While there's a very good chance we'll end up seeing Judd Apatow's name tossed around as producer (no way he's directing this), the best way to hold on to what we love about Ghostbusters is to bring on a man who was there for the first two and knows what, exactly, makes this franchise work. Ramis has been working with the Apatow clan a lot lately (directing Year One, appeared in both Knocked Up and Walk Hard), and is perfectly capable of directing and acting in a film (Hello Egon cameo!). He'd by my choice for this, and, I'm sure, will also lend his voice to the script.
3. Aim for a HARD PG-13
Look, when you involve the Apatow crew, it's always best to let them go off, uncensored. But the original Ghostbusters was rated PG (PG-13, if it was released today), and the studio will not shell out millions to revive a franchise only to watch it get slapped with an R rating. But if you're going to hire some of today's top comedic talent to star and chase around ghosts, then we're going to need the studio to allow a hard PG-13. Let these guys have some fun, let them be a little dirty without dropping a slew of unnecessary F-bombs. As much as I'd argue for an R-rated Ghostbusters sequel, I'd want kids to be able to watch the film without having to take a shower to wash off the filth afterward. It's only right.
4. Don't go absolutely nuts with the CGI
Since these rumors first began, I've seen tons upon tons of people complain about a potential sequel because they were afraid it would overdose on CGI. And while I understand the argument, we're also talking about a flick that follows a bunch of guys who chase ghosts around. There will be CGI ... but there's no need to take it over the top. Toss in some practical effects, start small and slowly build to a contained finale where we care more about the characters than the visuals.
5. Limit the involvement of the original cast
I know, I know ... here's where you tell me that no Ghostbusters sequel would be complete without EVERYONE showing up for some big, grand reunion. While I'm certainly hip to inviting a couple of the guys back for cameos (no more than 10 minutes screen time), I really feel the film will flow better if you focus solely on a new crop of Ghostbusters. Definitely pull Aykroyd and Ramis in to hand off the torch, and I could see Murray stealing a scene, but don't go overboard. Don't ask these old dudes to strap on proton packs and head off to battle. It'll look weird and forced and we don't want that. Last thing we need is an old-looking Murray standing next to an overweight Rogen with their packs out, coughing up lines like, "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass ... again! Ow, my back, my back ..."
What are some other ways to make a cool Ghostbusters sequel?