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Harold Ramis on Cash-In Sequels: ‘No One Wants to Do That’

Perhaps why we never got Ghostbusters 3?

Walter Hudson


February 26, 2014 - 8:00 am
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With the passing this week of legendary comedy writer and director Harold Ramis, who also starred in a number of films, the door seemed to shut a little tighter on any possibility of a third Ghostbusters movie. As one half of the writing team which conceived the original concept, Ramis may have been essential to the property’s continuation.

Rumors of a new film in the paranormal exterminator franchise have haunted fans for years. In the above clip, Ramis addresses some of the challenges which held up production.

Perhaps the most compelling reason not to make another Ghostbusters film was not having a story worth telling. Here’s Ramis on the prospect:

We could do anything and, you know, we’d all make some money probably. But no one wants to do that. We don’t need the work. We don’t need to do it. The public, if they only had two Ghostbusters, we’d all be fine. The world would not end.

In the interview, Ramis cited Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as an example of a film which took a franchise off its rails.

… although I read online that Harrison Ford made 65 million dollars from [the film].

Ford may not have needed the money either. But perhaps the prospect of squeezing in one last turn as the globe-trotting tomb raider was a value in and of itself.

In the event the Ghostbusters ever return to the big screen, here’s hoping they’ll deliver on character, story, and humor. Ramis would have wanted it that way.

Walter Hudson advocates for individual rights, serving on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota, and as president of the Minority Liberty Alliance. He hosts a daily podcast entitled Fightin Words, proudly hosted on Twin Cities Newstalk Podcast Network. Walter is a city council member in Albertville, MN. Follow his work via Twitter and Facebook.

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Big Bang Theory take down of Indy makes all the movies suspect - but love 'em anyway. Indy surviving the nuclear blast could have replaced 'jumping the shark' but didn't.
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I actually liked Crystal Skull. I thought it was a nice way of winding things up.
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I don't have a huge problem with Crystal Skull either. I think people tend to forget how ridiculous each movie in that series is. People harped about things like surviving a nuclear blast in a refrigerator. But he jumped out an airplane in an inflatable raft in Temple of Doom. It's supposed to be dumb borderline cartoonish action. That was the whole point. I think people expected to feel the same way about it that they did when they were kids. And that's just not going to happen.
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