Who Ya Gonna Call?
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 17:46 by Nick de Semlyen in Empire States
Like it or not, a new Ghostbusters movie is marching towards us like a giant, sailor-suited mallow-bastard from another dimension. At this point, all we have to go on is hearsay, rumours and evidence drawn from ouija-board seances, but it seems likely that GB3 will see the old gang training youngsters in the ways of the proton pack. “A big element is passing the torch onto a new generation of Ghostbusters,” Dan Aykroyd said recently. “It’s going to be Harold and me and Billy and Ernie training the new ones.”
This got me thinking. Who, if I had similar supernatural powers to Viggo (scourge of Carpathia, sorrow of Moldavia) and could manipulate the mind of Aykroyd and co., would I pick to fill the roles of this “new generation”? Here are my ideas; if you think I’ve got it completely wrong or have overlooked the perfect potential ‘Buster, leave a comment below. No this-man-has-no-dick insults, if you please.
As any 30 Rock fan knows, Morgan perches right on the border between “loveably quirky” and “absolutely batshit demented”. He’s hilariously volatile and unpredictable enough when playing deluded TV star Tracy Jordan —give the man a piece of nuclear accelerative machinery that could potentially end the universe and you have guaranteed quality mayhem. Later this year he’s making his jump to the big screen by buddying up with Bruce Willis in Kevin Smith’s action comedy A Couple Of Dicks, so Ghostbusters 3 would be the perfect follow-up and vehicle for his livewire antics.
Another TV star, this time from the American version of The Office. I see Krasinski playing the straight man to the madness, much as Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman used to deflate the earnest pronouncements of Ray and Egon with acid one-liners. Like Morgan, he’s an actor who’s loved by plenty of small-screen viewers but hasn’t had proper exposure at the multiplex. Something that might give him an advantage here is the fact that the writers of The Office are penning the Ghostbusters 3 script.
Judd Apatow’s production company has been linked to the new Ghostbusters sequel, though details remain fuzzy. If the modern-day Master of Mirth does prove to be involved, can we expect to see members of his repertory in major roles? Very possibly — Seth Rogen, Steve Carell, Jonah Hill or even Will Ferrell could end up holding the keys to the Ecto-Containment Unit, in the process irritating the hell out of one of Walter Peck’s descendants. We may even see McLovin as Egon Jr. But more than any of those, I’d like to see Paul Rudd taking on unruly spectres. He’s cool, sly, likeable and — crucially — was born in New Jersey, not too far from NY City. In my opinion, a New York attitude is a crucial part of the DNA of any potential ‘Buster.
And talking of which, who’s more New York than Fey? Adding a lady to the team would really shake things up, and this one has all the necessary attributes (biting sarcasm, an adorable nerdiness, Rick Moranis specs) to bring the Ghostbusters into the 21st century. She’s also an alumnus of Saturday Night Live, the show which three decades ago gave Aykroyd and Murray their big break.
We saw glimpses of his comedy chops in Transformers, so we’re guessing he’d be game for a properly silly film. Plus he’s used to interacting with CG creations, of which we’re sure there will be many in this movie, possesses a laidback scrappiness, and has the experience to hold his own against the older generation.
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Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 18:13
I can't argue with those choices for the most part. Except I would have McLovin in there instead of Shia The Beef. Stick Fey in the Janine type role and we got ourselves a cast.
Maybe if I was being picky I would jettison Krasinski for Seth Rogen to give us the 'tubby one' dynamic. Shove Paul Rudd into the sardonic Venkeman's shoes and that might be even better.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 18:20
Shia LaBeouf? that's a mistake of of biblical proportions! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria!
you typed tina as 'tiny' :)
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 18:22
Tina Fey is far too up her self, and I'm not sure Tracy Morgan could get away with his class dementia act outside of the 30 Rock office.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 18:46
errrm no one else but seeing as this is how it seems to be happening id say rudd, Rogen and Bill Hader or Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy..........and if he were still alive Jon Candy more SNL players and affiliates say I
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 18:52
Fey and LaBeouf are the only two in the list worthy of filling any metaporical murray / akroyd sized shoe!
Paul Rudd just doesnt cut it. I dont think there is anyone out there who could pull off the Venkman sarcasm and still be such a loveable character. There would have to some different type of leader in the new crew. Anyone from the Judd Apatow school of films would just be too silly.
Anyway its my view that the originals should be left undisturbed as a great set of films and not have the terminator 3 treatment applied to them! So I dont know why I'm bothering as I'm not going to tarnish my Ghostbusters experience so far by watching this when it comes out..
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 18:54
There's something generally about this cast list that bothers me, for one, I think that's too many Ghostbusters going on there... and for two Shia LeBeouf and Tiny Fey really don't sit right, though Shia is a likable screen presence and Fey is undoubtedly smart, funny and attractive in 30 Rock I don't think she'd work here. Tracy Morgan's a great idea, and Paul Rudd seemed a shoe-in for some unknown reason...
I hope that Ghostbusters 3 doesn't oversaturate the screen with newcomers and has the old 4 training a new 3; here are my suggestions...
Jermaine Clement - taking over the oddly attractive, gawky Egon role, Jermaine subverts the character by having an extremely quick deadpan wit.
Mos Def - an extremely versatile performer and he's already got ghostbusting experience in Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind
and if Paul Rudd was unavailable...
James Franco - another versatile actor with great comedy chops, stealing Pineapple Express from everybody.
Then again, there are quite a few actors I'd like to see in ghost busting roles, or at least dotted about New York. I really hope they find the right mix for this one and that the script gets the polish that Ghostbusters II missed out on!
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 18:55
Benson is right, Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse needs to be in there instead of Shia...he is just not right in my view, but Paul Rudd...I don't wanna see a Ghostbusters movie without him, now you have said that. I'm not gonna make a promise about not going to see it, but right now i can't see how it could work without him!
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 18:56
Rumpledink, I think you'll find it wasn't a typo. Tiny Fey is Tina Fey's smaller, funnier twin sister.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 18:59
Anyone else think that this would be the ideal vehicle to save Nathan Fillion from the black hole of crappy rom-coms he seems to have fallen into?
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 19:01
Nathan Fillion?? Of Serenity/Firefly fame....hmmmm maybe not sure he could cut a purely comic role though....
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 19:08
I LOVE all things Ghostbusters and can't help but feel this will never in a million years be good enough to compete with all that nostalgia power. Hadn't most fans accepted a 3rd would never happen? It's good to know that the old team are still interested though so maybe, just maybe, there's hope it won't disappoint. It does seem a shame to risk tainting it as other late sequel efforts have tainted their originals.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 19:09
cos1042, He was fantastic in Slither, which had a similar (if slightly more horrific) tone to the Ghostbuster films
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 19:11
My one extra suggestion would be Will Arnett. He's awesome.
But Morgan would be superb. Hopefully he can fit one or two uses of "funcooker" in there.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 19:15
montimer....am still to see that so I retreat gracefully on nay saying Fillion! :)
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 19:17
1. Tracy Morgan: No. Now, I'm a HUGE 30 Rock fan, and a HUGE fan of the Tracy Jordan character - he works brilliantly within the reality of that show - but Morgan's humour is too brazen and loud to work within the Ghosbusters-World. So, no to Tracy Morgan.
2. John Krasinski: I'd never considered him before, but that may well be an inspired option! His performances in The Office are superb, and he can deliver a cutting and hilarious put-down with understated precision, which would fit more comfortably within the Ghostbuster-World, unlike, say, Morgan. He could very well be perfect for the "Venkman-type" character. Just one problem, and that's...
3. Paul Rudd: Since Stupnitsky and Eisenberg were confirmed to be writing Ghostbusters III, he has been my number one choice to play the "Venkman-type". He possesses that understated quality which Krasinki displays, and, as Nick rightly said, a New York attitude is essential. So I'm now torn between the two. True, we could have both, but then you risk losing the "laid-back cynic/child-like enthusiasm" dynamic that Venkman and Stantz shared. It's a toughie.
4. Tina Fey: Bill Murray has said one of the ideas he could see working is the introduction of a female Ghostbuster, and I can't see Stupnitsky and Eisenberg NOT listening to that suggestion, so if that does happen, Fey is, in my mind, the ONLY option. Again, the New York 'tude is intact, she's funny as hell, and is steeped in the SNL/Second City sensibilities of Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis, Reitman, Moranis, et al. Plus, she doesn't like it when ex-boyfriends "use Ghostbusters for evil"!!!
5. Shia Lebouef: Now, I'm not a Shia-hater at all. I actually quite like him. Think he's a terrific actor. But not for Ghostbusters. No way.
At the moment I have no other suggestions as I'm still coming to terms with the prospect of finally seeing Ghostbusters III getting made. But Krasinski, Rudd, and Fey are top of the list...
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 19:37
come on Nathan Fillion has gotta be in there somewhere the guy is the most under-used actor in hollywood! and he's class!
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 19:39
If they must have it as a pass the torch kind of thing then Nathan Fillion would be a great choice. Seth Rogan and MosDef seem pretty appropriate too.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 19:45
I'd be shocked if Rainn Wilson doesn't end up playing the modern version of Ray. It seems almost inevitable.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 20:24
I am gonna say yes to Rudd, Shia and Captain Mal; I also concur that a lady would be awesome but i've only seen a couple of skits with Fey in but hell I can swing with that, but how about Summer Glau if she smiles a bit for once. She has the action chops and it can be quite a physical role. Rays child-like wonder could be channeled into Masi Oka from Heroes maybe. Huge Ghostbusters fan yet now they are making 3 its tough to think of suitable actors.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 20:26
Paul Rudd definitely and Tracy Morgan too.
I could take or leave any of the others really.
You need somone in it to give the film real credibility and not just seem like another 80s throwback cash-in (which it essentially is anyway..).
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 20:58
I now refuse to see a Ghostbusters picture without Paul Rudd in it. Inspired idea.
Somebody said Jermaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords - I like it, that kind of stupidly self assured thing could work for a fringe scientist like Egon. As much as I love Nathan Fillion I can't imagine him playing any type of role in the film that wouldn't cast him in the more bewildered, bemused by evrything thats going on, but not in a Venkman way.
Now lets get Lance Reddick of the wire/lost/fringe in their so he can scare the hell out of everyone without the use of makeup or CG!
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 21:05
ive put some thought into it and i think it shouldnt be done withought Seth Rogen. Jay Baruchell should be in it too and take the role of Spengler jnr over Mclovin and possibly Jonah Hill as Stantz jnr.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 21:38
for all of them
in a Eddie Murphy-Klumps type role
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 21:41
Shoot me down if you will....But....can't help but thinking outside the 'obvious box', this could be a shot for Colin Hanks or Scott Caan (very sarcy in Oceans).
Also Christopher Walken in a 'Peck' type role?? hell, turn him into a ghost half way thru! That'd be scarey!!
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 21:47
Somone mentioned Jermaine Clement which is a genius choice (if not a little leftfield) for an Egon-esque character - there is also the more experienced Rainn Wilson who could probably pull of the geeky bod - and then you got Bill Hader too!
Tracy Morgan is mental - given - but maybe someone like Danny Mc.Bride could also pull of quite crazed character aswell.
Mos Def is a good option too.
I stuck thinking of a decent Veckman filler - perhaps too old but Steve Carell could be good or even perhaps Vince Vaughan.
I think really at the end of the day its a tough one to call to see which cast would gel the best!
Put Seth Rogen near it though and you might aswell take a big unholy shit on it whilst your at it (sorry - I despise him).
My Fingers are crossed
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 22:22
No on tracy morgan, if anyone saw him host SNL they've probably lost interest in him like I have. 30 rock is the only role for him, and he's good at it, i just don't see him being good in anything else. Perfect cast is...
1. Paul Rudd - of course. he is like magic in the wind.
2. Craig Robinson - Good in office, good in east bound and down and was good in zach and miri.
3. Danny McBride - good in anything. can play the arrogant guy so well
Can't Decide on 4th, so one of these
4. Sam Rockwell - Yeah, i said it. I'm a Safe Men fan. He does comedy well.
5. Justin Long - He's funny.
6. Ken Marino - re team him with Rudd.
And if you need a lady, make it Whig or Poehler. Fey is amazing, just doesn't seem realistic. Well, neither does my 7 member cast, but whatever. Eff off.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 23:12
Krasinski would be the bomb in Ghostbusters 3 yo! Plus they should def get Rogen in, if only to do the whole Ramis/Rogen Father/Son thing from 'Knocked Up'.
Also would love to see Tim Meadows from Walk Hard and Mean Girls, he cracks me up everytime I see him in something 'Get out of here, Dewey. You don't want no part of this shit'.
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 23:27
Lots of good suggestions, I like the idea of bringing the 'Busters into the 21st century, as long as it's done properly.
Here's my picks....
Jason Segel - Can't believe nobody has mentioned this guy in the list, he is really funny in everything he's in.
Jason Bateman - A legend and again really shocked he hasn't had a shout already. He can do any type of comedy and is one of the most underrated actors around.
Paul Rudd - Clearly everyone's favourite and rightfully so
Adam Brody - Would fit in perfectly with his immature, nerd like manner. Hasn't been in anywhere near enough stuff since The OC finished.
Donald Faison - Turk would be classic in the Winston role. You can hear him saying ''If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say''.
Kaley Cuoco - Awesome in the Big Bang Theory as of course is really hot. Would slide in as a love interest perfectly.
But obviously they're gonna go with a load more bigger names in the movie than these guys. They are just names who I think should be thrown into the mix
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 23:32
I would rather see the frat pack group (Vince Vaughn, Luke & Owen WIlson) take up the proton pack that a group from the Appatow family. If it had to be, I think McLovin, Rogen, Rudd, and Craig Robinson would be the best combination.
Previously unmentioned options:
Adam Brody (The OC)
Kal Penn or John Cho (Harold & Kumar)
Jim Parish (The Big Bang Theory)
Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder)
Anton Yelchin (Charlie Bartlett)
Posted on Tuesday March 24, 2009, 23:53
No Tracy Morgan, he's just obnoxious and not in a good way, no Seth Rogen because he's not funny, he's annoying, no Paul Rudd because he's just blah, no Tina Fey because she's become annoying. Now Shia LaBeouf, that' s another story he's funny, he could be a Ghostbuster. Michael Cera, Joseph Gordon Levitt, David Krumholtz as Egon type or Adam Goldberg as an Egon type, Adam Brody, but really Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Will Smith, Anne Hathaway, really though it won't be as good as the originals, so what's the point?
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 00:18
Make a combo from these bad boys
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 01:28
* As in Richard Ayoade - I give the Learner motif so people forget the IT Crowd and remember him for his stuff with Garth.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 07:34
Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd are no brainers for me. Who does sardonic better than Vince Vaughn? If you want a contempary answer to the 'Venkman' issue he is your man! If they are throwing a Lady GB in the mix I would go for Mrs Appatow! You could probably coax Steve Carrell into a Peck type role with a cast like that.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 08:31
Bill Hader MUST be in this. John Krasinski is also a very good choice, I must say.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 09:19
Why are we looking for clones of the original characters to take over from the original guys, the sarcastic one, the loveable nerd etc. They could never compare with the originals anyway, lets make room for new characters like the sexual deviant,the thug and the megalomaniac Ghostbuster who although pretends to be one of the gang actually wants to take over the world Pinky and the Brain Style!!!
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 09:32
Many good choices suggested, what about...
Michael Cera as a younger Egon
Will Arnett for Peck Jr surely
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 09:39
Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade and Paul Rudd. For me, they would be the best pick. With Seth Rogen, Kunai Nayyar, Vince Vaughan and Jason Lee on the substitute bench.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 09:42
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:01
These are all good comedy actors - but you've basically cast a team full of Venkman's!!
Need some balancing characters too, Empire. If the original 'Busters had been sans Stanz and Spengler there would be no sequels to even discuss.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:02
Definetely Paul Rudd. The man can deadpan like no other.
Craig Robinson as well.
Good call on John Krasinski.
I'd also like to add Vik Sahay (Chuck) in to the mix.
i stole your car
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:02
shut up about tina fey and paul rudd already...
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:12
Gary Oldman (Villain)
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:14
Can we get away from the casting and get back to the biggest problem
Whilst the blog is about characters I'm scared witless about the script and director and film.
Ghostbusters 2 was not a good move to start with and for something that I loved when I watched at the cinema as a kid (went there for my birthday to watch this film) Ghostbusters 3 will always be a bad move.
Even if the original cast are back. Which is a good thing I suppose.
What I would pay good money to see is Aykroyd, Murray and Ramis in something original
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:26
how about earl from my name is earl? (cant remember actors name, good comedy actor and streight actor too he could be a good choice as hes versatile.
Tho agree tho with the concept of making younger versions of the original cast as their style of acting out their characters made them their own, we need new types of characters n not 'right we need a short fat guy to do a ray jnr, a wise cracking yorker to be venkman,' this could spoil the 3rd film alot, if its supposed to be a film to pass on the torch so to speak then we need new types of characters, tho saying that jack black could be a great choice
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:32
Can't believe thses haven't been mentioned but im gonna say, John Heder (napoleon dynamite and blades of glory) would be perfect as the geeky guy, Jeff Anderson (Clerks) as a fast talking witty sarcastic guy, and although he doesnt really suit the film im sure Sacha Baron Cohen(Borat, Talladega nights) could pull out a great comedic performance from anything, also if a girl was needed i would love to see Anna Faris(Scary Movie) actually be cast in a decent film for once as I think she is brilliant.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:33
What, no love for Simon Pegg???? He would be perfect for this.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:36
Nathan Fillion would be a great Bill Murray replacement.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:52
Fuck me! Yorkypud, you read my mind.
My choice of crew... Jason Lee as the smart arse of the team like a cross between Venkman and his character from 'Mallrats'- Brodie, Paul Rudd as the new 'Ray' type but with alcohol issues, Seth Rogen as Egon's nephew (Egon was his dad in Knocked up!) who get "freaked the fuck out by ghosts" but is the world champion on the Ghostbusters arcade game (like that dude in the King of Kong) and Bill Hader as Egon and Janines's son with the Superbad look glasses etc who thinks dad is an embarrassment but is just as big a geek himself and a bit of a mummy's boy with his mother still working at the firehouse HQ as head of HR.
Ha ha ha. Ace.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 11:04
I don't care if it sounds like I'm jumping on the bandwagon, but the minute I heard they were doing this Paul Rudd was the first person I thought of. I already can't imagine the film without him.
Mos Def sounds like a good call to me, as is Jason Bateman. But much as I like him, please no Seth Rogen.
One point on the story; is it definitely going to be the original guys handing over the torch so to speak? Because I always thought that it might work better if the new cast work for a rival Ghostbusting company.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 11:12
Christian Bale would make an excellent Ghostbuster. He wouldnt need a name or a character, hell he wouldnt even need a proton pack, he could just shout at the ghosts, they would be lining up to walk into the traps.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 11:20
I like the sounds of Tracy Morgan and Paul Rudd. I'd like to see WIll Arnott and Nathan Fillion too. I personally wouldn't mind seeing Kevin Dillon in there too- I think he could make an amazing ghostbuster. As for Fey I'm not sure- I love 30 Rock and think she is amazing but I can't see her being convincing in the boiler suit.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 11:58
Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera and David Cross. Jeffrey Tambor to play the city hall type who wants to shut them down. Bring the AD crew back together for pure comedy dynamite!!!!
Cera could maybe play a geeky son or even a work placement guy, leaving the final 'Buster slot open for Paul Rudd. Then possibly Sarah Silverman or Tina Fey in the there too. KABOOM!!!
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 12:18
I would like to see the following cast as the trainee Ghostbusters:
How about Steve Merchant in a the Rick Moranis type role?
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 12:18
I've not read every comment, but something that no-one including the blogger himself seems to have picked up on is that surely one of these young Ghostbusters would have to be Oscar!
For him I think ythey should have Jonah Hill as I feel he would totally have a rebellious nature a la Peter, but I think it would have to be a big personality as we could see some father/son clashes between Oscar and Peter. Maybe along the lines of Oscar not really believing in ghosts. but being forced into the family business. It's not like he'll remember the events of G2.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 12:39
Not to sound ageist, but I think a few of those suggestions are on the "older" side. If we're having new Busters, I'd rather they were guys in their twenties or early thirties. I'd give Paul Rudd a pass because he abso-friggin-lutely rocks, but people like Fey (and other suggestions, such as Jack Black or Will Ferrell) are too old I reckon.
Anyway, here are my suggestions:
Shia LaBoeuf ¡V as the sarcastic Venkman-ish one; maybe he could play the grown-up Oscar (Dana Barrett¡¦s kid)
Ellen Page ¡V a wise-ass working class girl and possible love interest (I suppose a Winston substitute, if you see what I mean ¡V apart from the love interest bit)
James McAvoy ¡V very smart Egon-ish one ¡V he has to keep his Scottish accent, though
Chiwetel Ejiofor ¡V a more hands-on mechanical type of person, a bit Ray-ish; we¡¦ll let him be a Noo Yoiker though
I guess Ejiofor is nudging the ¡§older¡¨ column a wee bit at 31, but what the hell, I think he¡¦s great and should be in more stuff. Also, I will accept Michael Cera and Megan Fox as the two younger members, if The Beef and Shadowcat are unavailable ƒº
Also, I¡¦d like to stress if anyone from the production is reading this, I¡¦ll gladly take a role for very little money indeed¡K
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 12:52
Empire's choices are poor. It is quite obvious that the new Busters should be Will Farril, Owen Wilson, and Ben Stiller. Fuck yeah!!
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 13:25
In my humble opinion I'd like to see :-
Will Arnott - He'd be a great new mouthpiece in the Venkman mould.
Tina Fey - Smart and sassy with the hint of nerd factor. (The unflattering boiler suit issues could spark comedy gold!)
Adam Baldwin - I'd like to see him trying to intimidate a ghost!
Chi McBride - The detective from Pushing Daisies does a good turn in cynacism
Villain - Alan Rickman - What's not to love!
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 13:28
I love Ghostbusters but I don't really think there's any juice left in this lemon. I think that the original movie said it all and did it perfectly. I don't think there's anything more that can be done with Ghostbusters. Any sequel will simply be a repetition of what we've seen before.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 13:31
Ryan Reynolds - Funny leading man. Donald Faison - Cool, funky and a MoonWalk after each ghost-bust. Jack Black - Makes any movie better and can do the soundtrack. Finally - Any geeky actor who's free at the time of shooting.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 13:47
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 13:54
LaBoeuf is a dreadful suggestion, when Empire suggested he was the 'next Tom Hanks' I nearly choked to death, I've not seen him give a credible performance and his presence in a third 'Busters film may scare me away.
Rudd and Fey should get roles, the former in the Venkman role perhaps, he's a charismatic actor and would nestle in well. Fey has to be a shoe-in for Janine Melnitz and would offer a sharper comedic edge to combat a male dominated film. Krasinski would be an astute addition but can you have him and Rudd together in the Fab 4 Mk.II?
Other suggestions for me are Jason Bateman, albeit that would be unlikely, Seth Rogen I'm sure will be talked about as a Raymond Stanz esque character though cramming the film with Judd Apatow favourites will be degrading the whole premise as well as serving as an unwelcome distraction.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 14:04
It's not necessary to even introduce a new team.
I think that this will be a better film both critically and comercially if it simply sticks with the original actors. This would please both the fans (and there are a lot!) and the casual cinema goers. I also think that it would make for a funnier movie, and let's not forget, Ghostbusters is a comedy after all!
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 14:12
In an ideal world (as long as they can do the accents, but who cares, it might be Ghostbusters International)it would be a few off this list:
Noel Clarke (has form with running away from monsters in Dr Who)
Ryan Gosling (don't care who he plays, just an ace actor)
Chris O Dowd
Bruce Campbell (bad guy!)
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 14:16
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 15:02
This film will at worst be terrible and at the very least will be disappointing.
It's a forgone conclusion really, isn't it.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 15:27
i'd like to see nathan fillion or ryan reynolds in it
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 16:50
I'm in agreement with mufcgeorge7 on this one...
Shia LaBeouf is a horrible and lazy suggestion, at best. I don't know what the big Empire hard on for this guy is. Not as big as their large, rock hard, veiny, purple truncheon for Will Smith (No, Empire. Will Smith as Captain America is just plain silly) to be fair, but still a bit of a stonker nonetheless.
"The New Tom Hanks"? Don't make me laugh. Colin Hanks maybe.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 18:01
Loving the Arrested Development choices - No one does evil and smary (and a little bit stupid) like Will Arnett and David Cross can do the geeky thing in his sleep.
I agree the majority of choices are a tad old - what the fella from Hot Rod - Adam Sandberg?
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 18:08
I'm happy with Paul Rudd in anything frankly.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 18:12
How about optimus prime, He-man, the Shadow, and Nightwing. They would be fantastic Ghostbusters.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 19:20
For me Ryan Reynolds is an obvious choice, just imagine the high voltage wise cracking performance he put in for Blade II, put a Proton Pack on his back sit back and enjoy.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 19:23
Of all the things being said on here, the one that's really getting to me is the suggestion that a lot of the choices are "too old". What?! Mid-thirties?! REALLY?! Bill Murray was 33 at the time of Ghostbusters' release, Dan Aykroyd was 32, Harold Ramis was 39, Ernie Hudson was 38, Sigourney Weaver 34, Rick Moranis 32, Annie Potts 31, William Atherton 36... Notice anything? The whole appeal of the original concept was that the heroes were down-on-their-luck, out-of-work, slightly out of shape, regular Joe Schlub nobodies who barely know what their doing in the beginning, but end up being the world's only hope, NOT a bunch of hip, young, buffed studs!
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 19:36
They were the unlikeliest of unlikely heroes.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 20:02
The most important issue is the script.
Let's say that the producers manage to get the perfect cast. Then what? What will the movie be about? The old team look for a new team, train them, they save the day and live happily ever after? It's just far too predictable and unoriginal.
Plus, the reason why they want to introduce a new team is obviously for future sequels which will obviously get progressively worse and leave the entire memory and reputation of this fine francise in tatters.
Another danger of introducing a new team is that the cast may be too large and the movie too overcrowded with too many characters. It is far better to have less characters and for the script to concentrate on those few characters, their relationship with one another and their journey through the story.
If they have to make another one I'd much rather just see the original cast one last time in a third and final Ghostbusting swansong in a movie which is funny, has the look and feel of the original and has a story which is unique, fresh and doesn't feel like a rehash or repeat of anything we've seen before.
Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2009, 20:41
Tina Fey. Oh yes I want to see that.
Love tracy but mos def works better. James Franco works and Paul Rudd works.
p.s. anyone who doubts Nathan Fillion's (aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh love him) comic talent has obviously not seen Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (which I think empire should blog about by the way).
Posted on Thursday March 26, 2009, 03:09
C'mon Empire, Tina Fey & Tracy Morgan? Why not just get Alec Baldwin as well and call it 30 Ghostbusters Rock?
Now don't get me wrong, I love 30 Rock to bits, but I dont think either of them could pull this off...
Nathan Fillion though, definitely got my vote.
Talking of Dr Horrible though, what about the other guy...? Neil Patrick Harris (is that right..?) I reckon he'd be good in this sorta flick!
Posted on Thursday March 26, 2009, 10:05
Really?!? REALLY?!?!? What's all this love for Tina bloody Fey and Nathan friggin Fillion? I mean, come on... I've never seen them in a single thing that made me feel they were anything other than average TV types. Yawn. Nope. Not convinced at all.
Posted on Thursday March 26, 2009, 12:29
siogorath, while I disagree with you about Fey, I have to say, Neil Patrick Harris could be a great idea for a human adversary! He's the first suggestion I've seen that could work as either a Ghostbuster or a bad guy. Like it! He's on my list!
Posted on Thursday March 26, 2009, 12:45
How's about Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman to play it straight, Chris O'Dowd (assuming he's not too "international" for the US) as a lazy slobbish one and probably Amy Poehler if there is indeed to be a Lady'Buster (excellent in Hamlet 2). I agree that Tina Fey wouldn't fit, she's maybe a bit too smart to be in the team.
A genius bit of casting would be to bring in Jane Lynch as a surly, belligerent office manager with no respect for any of the guys...
Posted on Thursday March 26, 2009, 18:56
I agree mlavagna. That would be the ideal way to complete it. If they do add in younger actors/characters I hope they are just people caught up in whatever supernatural event is brewing rather than new Ghostbusters. Seeing the old team as the same regular guys just older would be ace. Apparently the new game that's out soon has the GB's as sort of the extra emergency service now but less important, sort of supernatural plumbers or something. That sounds perfect for the film too.
Posted on Thursday March 26, 2009, 22:11
I would have either
Adam Sandler,Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell,seth rogen,kevin james, brandon t jackson or Ray romano
Posted on Thursday March 26, 2009, 23:49
You read my mind on Krasinski. No honestly, word for word. I can basically see the snappy dialogue between him and Murray now.
I guess this film is being made no matter what so let's be optimistic. I just hope they don't turn this into a fourth one with the new characters.
(Also loving Bateman, Page, Rudd, Artnett as suggestions.)
Posted on Friday March 27, 2009, 01:01
Dr Peter Venkman - David Duchovny
Dr Raymond Stantz - Rainn Wilson
Dr Egon Spengler - Seth Rogen
Winstone Zeddmore - Craig Robinson
Janine Melnitz - Isla Fisher
Louis Tully - Jermaine Clement
Posted on Friday March 27, 2009, 01:06
Kevin Spacey reprising his role from Se7en.
Seriously, though, since we don't even know the characters they're playing (not a remake), this has quickly degenerated into "name your favourite comic actors, the more leftfield the better".
Here's a challenging qualifier: How about name four comedy actors you admire that weren't in a Judd Apatow movie, Arrested Development or 30 Rock?
Posted on Friday March 27, 2009, 01:50
come on you guys...David Duchovny,Shia LaBeouf and Jason Bateman are the worst suggestions ever...
There are so many good comedians to choose...Will Ferrel,Adam Sandler,Paul Rudd,Jason Lee, Ben Stiller or Jack Black
Posted on Friday March 27, 2009, 12:28
From the world of TV - I'd have to go for Supernatural's Jensen Ackles.
Posted on Friday March 27, 2009, 12:34
...forgot to add that if Shia LaBeouf was in it, I'd probably cry...and they wouldn't be tears of joy! The Beef shouldn't be anywhere near it.
Neither should Zac Efron (or however you spell it)
Adam Sandler is just a BAD idea.
I'm loving the Ryan Reynolds idea though!
Still, at least it looks like it's gonna be live action now! I was worried for a while when I heard it was going to be all CGI - Ghostbusters in Hell or something like that.
Posted on Friday March 27, 2009, 14:23
Seth Rogen,Paul Rudd,Ben stiller and Craig Robinson( he's been in knocked up and pineapple express)
if not have either
Jack Black, Will Ferrel, Romany Malco( he's was in 40 year old virgin), john heder or dane cook.
Posted on Friday March 27, 2009, 15:08
I know it's gonna be a sequel and not a remake but...
Billy Bob Thornton - Venkman
John Turturro - Spengler
Forest Whitaker - Zeddmore
Posted on Friday March 27, 2009, 18:27
Please please please no remake with new actors as the same characters. If they REALLY must the Extreme Ghostbusters cartoon may be the way to go perhaps. The whole hand over idea would be preferable to new faces with the same names.
Posted on Friday March 27, 2009, 22:26
Extreme Ghostbusters was terrible giddig.
"The whole hand over idea would be preferable to new faces with the same names." What do you mean?
Posted on Saturday March 28, 2009, 21:08
Firstly NO jonah hill ! hes a one trick pony and completly ruined superbad for me.
No Ben Stiller, No Jon Heder.
If the old ghostbusters are in the movie (which ramis may have confirmed) then they will probally have 4 new ghostbusters to train ?
James Callis (Dr. Baltar - Battlestar Galactica)
Danny R. McBride
Seann William Scott
I would also love to see Jon Lovitz, Rob Schneider, John Turturro & Steve Buscemi pop up somewhere.
Posted on Saturday March 28, 2009, 23:28
John Turturro looks very similar to Harold Ramis from twenty years ago. I'd go with Turturro if this was a remake but it isn't. It's a sequel. GHOSTBUSTERS III.
Anyway, casting GHOSTBUSTERS III is completely pointless and nonsensical. We have not read the script! If you havn't read the script then you don't know the characters. If you don't know the characters then you cannot possibly cast the actors!
Posted on Sunday March 29, 2009, 10:31
I have been giving this some SERIOUS thought and now think a remake with new actors (and maybe the original cast as cameos) is a better idea than a proper sequel. If the do a crap remake we can all slag if off and say how rubbish it is and sing the original movies praises. If the make a crap sequel it could spoil what's gone before. Why risk it?
Posted on Sunday March 29, 2009, 13:25
I think any members of the Rat Pack (Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Jack Black, Paul Rudd etc) could pull it off, but it depends on the character. As said earlier Paul Rudd can deadpan like no other so maybe he'd be good for a Venkam-type character. Whereas Steve Carell or someone could be good for the Rick Moranis role.
Posted on Tuesday March 31, 2009, 11:16
I'm hoping the writers actually go the route of writing a decent screenplay with rounded, funny characters and then cast the right actors - but unfortunately I think the process this blog is going through will be a lot closer to the actual writing process
I just can't see this project turning out well - it's going to be a contrived convoluted and tortuous series of in-jokes and crow-barred plot beats with too much CGI and Bill Murray desperately trying to rescue the whole thing from Ramis and Akroyd (who've both made some awful career choices in their time)