Before & Afterlife
By J. Shepherd
It's been over 35 years
and yet when we hear that
"there’s something strange in the neighborhood",
most of us know exactly who to call.
The original Ghostbusters movie was a box office phenomenon in it's day. But how can one film about four guys who find a way to capture ghosts have such a huge impact on the world? Well, it's simple really.
Because bustin' makes us feel good, that's why!
There's no doubt about it. Great filmmaking stands the test of time. So, whether you're a die hard fan of the original 1984 Ghostbusters film, or maybe you just know a really good movie when you see it, you have to admit Ghostbusters is certainly an original.
The film is in a class all by itself.
With a screenplay penned by the comedy powerhouse duo of both Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis you knew you were going to get nothing
less than pure gold.
The script was a sure fire hit, but it was Bill Murray's Peter Venkman that takes the movie to a whole new level, pushing it to its very own stratosphere. Everything about this project was made with such a love for filmmaking. From the wild special effects to the music that gave the film its deliciously fun flavor. Ghostbusters was destined to be an instant classic.
From start to finish, there really isn't a dull moment. You're either laughing out loud or find yourself
actually feeling creeped out at times.
Either way, you're glued to the edge of your seat.
With all of that greatness coming together at one moment in time, you can't help but give the director, the greatly talented Ivan Reitman outstanding recognition for being able to reel this ball of fire
in and deliver this masterpiece straight onto
the silver screen for all of us to witness.
But that was 1984.
For decades the world has been waiting for the Ghostbusters universe to crack open, even just a smidge, to sneak a glorious glimpse into what became of our four Proton-Pack carrying heroes. Sure, we had the sequel in 1989, but that was over twenty years ago in itself. This, I believe is the main reason Paul Feig's 2016 all female reboot of Ghostbusters didn't seem to fill the void of what audiences have been craving all these years to see. They weren't ready to give over the hand-held Particle Thrower Wand to anybody less than a direct descendant. And from the minute that haunting trailer dropped on December 9th to over 6 million views, and we see Egon’s uniform hanging in an old closet, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is now an exciting reality.
Words can't explain it but this time something just feels right.
“Call it fate, call it luck, call it karma — I believe everything happens for a reason.” Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman haunts the corridors of vintage footage through a voice-over in the trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. There's no doubt about it. This new trailer can't help but peak any true Ghostbusters fan's curiosity. It has an essence that feels more like you're watching a horror movie which really takes the viewer by surprise. It's a really fresh, and quite remarkable take on this third installment in this magazine's opinion. Because, let's face it. Ever since we learned of the sad news of the passing of actor Harold Ramis back in 2014, fans were heartbroken and became somewhat disillusioned. For so many years there were talks of the original cast reuniting once again for a new movie. How could there ever be a new film without our beloved, deadpan-serious scientist, Egon Spengler? Something would surely be lost. Irrevocably missing. But you see, this is exactly the brilliance of what makes this new Ghostbusters trailer so clever, so special. The whole story seems to revolve around the spirit of Harold Ramis. It's everywhere. All throughout this genius trailer. The perfect homage to our fallen hero. The overall vibe is actually quite serious, being only punctuated with humor. Almost realistic to life. Because after the realization of any loss, things, routines do change forever. It's complicated, dark and emotional. It's art imitating real life and it appears to be what Jason Reitman is bringing to this new film.
As revealed in the film’s first trailer, Ghostbusters: Afterlife revolves around a family of a single mom, Callie, and her two children, daughter Phoebe and teenage son Trevor. The family suddenly find themselves in some serious financial problems, and out of desperation they pack up and move to a small town in Oklahoma, where it seems they have inherited this old, dilapidated farmhouse that was left to Callie by her father, a man whose identity is as much of a mystery to her as it is to us. Only soon to discover that this small town holds some seriously spooky secrets.
“As the family arrives at an old farm, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters,” Reitman said. “Trevor and Phoebe are about to find out who their grandfather was and whether they’re ready to pick up the proton pack themselves.”
What the family doesn’t realize is that they’ve got a very significant connection to one particular, serious, bespectacled, Proton Pack inventor. And this is where it gets super interesting. Just as Phoebe and Trevor slowly begin to uncover their grandfather’s Ghostbusting legacy, the town starts to experience some super, strange, earthquake-like shaking on a daily basis. A coincidence perhaps? Not likely in the Ghostbusters Universe. There’s an old mine nearby that bears the name of "Ivo Shandor," who built the Manhattan high-rise in the 1984 film that channeled the forces of evil. By now, you should get a pretty good idea where they might be going with this and we absolutely love it. So now, with the help of summer school teacher Mr. Grooberson, who remembers the 1984 Manhattan Crossrip vividly, as well as the history of how the four Ghostbusters saved Manhattan and the world from destruction, these kids have to figure out the pieces of this paranormal Rubik's Cube pretty fast if they hope to save their family and friends from the new supernatural threat that now faces this old Oklahoma town.
Devoted fans of the original 1984 hit film will be overjoyed to know that Ghostbusters: Afterlife will bring back many of the original movie’s cast members for some cool cameo appearances, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. Who could ask for a better seal of approval?
The original Ghostbusters cast or OGBs, for short, shot their small, but meaningful parts over the span of a week after arriving on the Afterlife set in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Unfortunately, Rick Moranis, who played the wacky accountant, Louis Tully in both the original, and the sequel, has decided to pass on being in the film this time around. Moranis will certainly be missed, but it's good to know, ladies and gentlemen, that we've got the heavyweights on board for this one.
"Our breakdown in Ghostbusters was that I was the brains, Dan was the heart, and Bill was the mouth."
- Harold Ramis - 2009.
It's very intriguing to think that the mind who invented the original idea of Ghostbusters, belongs to non other than legendary comedy actor and classic SNL almuni, Dan Aykroyd. This super, creative idea was actually first inspired by Aykroyd's fascination with the paranormal, an interest he inherited from his parents, grandfather, and great grandfather, who was a psychic researcher. "You know, my great grandfather Sam Aykroyd, the psychic researcher and dentist from Kingston, Ontario, would be very happy that Ghostbusters has stimulated such fun and laughter, as well as interest in the paranormal," Aykroyd explained in an interview.
It's also very interesting to listen to the late Harold Ramis tell the story about how Ghostbusters came about and also his own involvement in the project told in his own words back in 2009.
"Dan created it for himself and Belushi, before John died. He was always very interested in parapsychology. He claimed there were psychics in his family going way back. And I loved the idea, because my ex-wife was also a believer. I’d been on the receiving end of this stuff for eighteen years; I’d been to readings of all kinds, had my aura read, my coffee grounds read, my chart done…In Dan’s original script, the Ghostbusters already existed as a large company. Our Ghostbusters were just one of many units of Ghostbusters out there. Ivan and I had the same instinct: We wanted to know how they got started. We were missing the moment when people first make contact with the other side and how that feels. Otherwise, it’s just an increasingly bizarre set of paranormal circumstances that people can’t track at all. It really doesn’t matter who Shandor is. All that’s just mumbo jumbo."
Harold went on to explain that It was the collaboration of himself and Aykroyd as a team who penned the screenplays for both Ghostbusters films. "Oh yeah. Dan and I rewrote the whole script together, and we got Bill’s contributions on the fly. It was tremendous fun running around New York City in those suits, because everybody in New York loves Bill and Dan from Saturday Night Live. People would cheer; restaurants would stay open after hours for us. And even if they couldn’t see who we were, they were seeing this ambulance with the logo on it. What made Ghostbusters funny was the low-tech aspect of it,” he said. “For us it’s always going to be about character, and then secondarily about the pseudoscience of it, the made-up gadgets and fake mythology."
For Dan Aykroyd, the man has never given up on getting a third Ghostbusters movies into theaters. The first actual script, titled "Ghostbusters 3: Hellbent," existed in limbo between 1994 and 2007, and it was ultimately never produced.
Almost a full decade ago, Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler, talked about the idea that came close to being the synopsis for the third movie that was absolutely hellish — literally.
“Hell is not some distant place, far away from this dimension or realm. Hell is right next door. " Ramis described. "It’s like those old tintype photos where you turn them one way and they look positive, then you just flick them slightly and they look negative. … Given the right technology you could flip the switch and all of a sudden the positive that we see in this room suddenly becomes negative. … You look down at the river and there’s a ferry of Wall Street commuters, except they’re being shoved off with pitchforks into the river which is now boiling blood. Flick it back and it’s just the Brooklyn Bridge and just a normal traffic jam.”
Aykroyd summed up this version in another way. “Hell gets filled up, and all other damned souls begin to roam the Earth, unleashing a poltergeist plague. So, they come out of retirement … passing the torch to some younger, slimmer guys.”
However, this third Ghostbusters installment never came about, despite Akyroyd’s plans in the 1990s. Nevertheless the script for "Ghostbusters III: Hellbent" was modified for the Ghostbusters 2009 video game. At least it didn't go unused.
And let's face. No Ghostbusters movie would ever be complete without the witty, but lovingly sarcastic side remarks from our favorite "scientist / would-be-game-show-host", Dr. Peter Venkman who could only be played by the master of comedy, Bill Murray. It’s the news that Ghostbusters fans have been waiting to hear for so many years now, to the point where it almost looked like Murray's involvement in the project would never happen. Bill Murray's relationship with doing a third Ghostbuster's movie has been complicated to say the least. The actor famously declined to participate for years. The reasons behind his actions have been unclear, sometimes strange and even confusing at times. It is said that a deal he made with the studio who made the original Ghostbusters, prevented any new project from going forward without his consent. Which obviously made it difficult for any other cast member that had high hopes of returning to the big screen to bust a ghost any time soon.
And yes, would you believe that there was actually yet another Ghostbusters screenplay that the studio had green-lit, it just before Harold Ramis got sick. Ivan Reitman the director of the original film revealed plans for the now defunct third Ghostbusters. “I worked with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who wrote a number of movies and worked on ‘The Office’ together. They wrote a very funny script for ‘Ghostbusters 3’ that I was very comfortable in directing, and both Harold and Danny wanted to do." Reitman shares a synopsis of that would be script's premise.
“Bill and Sigourney’s kid, Oscar, is a postgrad student, and weird things start to happen,” he added, referring to Murray’s character in the third film. “Bill Murray dies in the first scene, because he always said, ‘I won’t do it unless I die.’ And I said, ‘Okay, you got it... It was a father-son story, with him as a ghost.”
What Reitman is referring in the above quote to is all of the publicly reported drama Murray brought to the development process, which is why his character was to die in the opening scene. "And literally Bill refused to read it for a year. Then finally, he may have read a few pages, and I got him on the telephone, and he said, “Look, I just don’t want to do this.”
The director went on to tell his theory on why Murray seemed to keep playing games. "It had nothing to do with how good or bad the script was or anything like that. He was having his own issues in his own life, and I think he just didn’t want to engage…I think the reason that Bill wouldn’t read it was he didn’t want to make a decision about this. So he just ignored it. By the way, the studio green-lit it. Everything was ready to go. I couldn’t get [Bill Murray‘s] attention, and in the midst of that, Harold got really sick. And that was pretty much it. If Murray hadn’t been dragging his feet, it may have actually come into fruition."
But now, with director Jason Reitman's new project revealed to him, Murray actually agreed to read the new script last spring. Needless to say, everyone waited on the edge of their seat for his answer. Then, the unthinkable happened. Bill Murray made his decision. “The script is good. It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting,” Murray explained. “It’s gonna work.”
And with that, he was finally on board.
One thing you can't argue is that Bill just has his own way of doing things. He is certainly an original thinker. It's probably one of the main qualities that helped to make him so loved in so many of his films over the decades. All drama aside though, Bill Murray does seem to maintain an honest affection for the original Ghostbusters film that he made over 35 years ago.
“This franchise paid for my son’s college. We made this thing. We are the caretakers of it. It’s a great thing and it was a really fun movie to make. It’s a real movie with some really funny stuff in it.”
Murray also added how he felt about his co-stars in the original film. “They’re wonderful people,” he said. “Danny, Ernie, Harold , Rick Moranis, Annie Potts — they’re some of the coolest people and they had real careers. They treat people well. They really understand what it is to be a movie actor. It’s a complete collaboration. The relationship you have with those people as collaborators is not necessarily the relationship I have with Sony,” he said. “For years, they said, ‘We can’t make another “Ghostbusters” because Bill Murray won’t change the deal he made in 1984.’ Well, no, I never did."
Murray chose to appear in the Paul Feig-directed all female “Ghostbusters” in 2016, he added, because of his friendship with co-stars Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy, who share the actor’s roots in Saturday Night Live and made a similar jump to studio projects. “I was in that movie just because they asked me, and I knew if I said no, I was saying I didn’t support that movie,” he said. “I felt like, OK, I’m going to support them because I support them as people. So I did that one and I would do this next one.”
At the same time, Murray added, he has taken a skeptical approach to the commercial system since the early days of his stardom. He laughed as he recalled an experience shooting the first Ghostbusters at Columbia Pictures in the early 1980s, shortly after Coca-Cola acquired the studio. “They came to set one day,” he said. “All of a sudden, there were like 25 guys from Coca-Cola hanging around in suits. You can smell people who don’t belong on sets, right? You can just smell ‘em. You can feel that there’s weird energies.” He leaned forward for dramatic effect. “You can almost smell the enemy,” he said, “because the enemy is distraction.” He chuckled. “I just like to tell this story because it’s funny to me,” he continued. “So they came, and we’re in the middle of a scene. I immediately stopped what we were doing, and just sort of walked over and started talking to them. And I kept talking to them. It went on and on. It wasn’t two minutes, it wasn’t 10 minutes, it wasn’t half an hour. When we passed half an hour and got into the 40 minute range, they started going, ‘There’s 250 people watching us talk to this motherfucker. Maybe we should go.’ And they left, and never came back.”
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
“This is the next chapter in the original franchise,” says, Ghostbusters: Afterlife co-writer and director, Jason Reitman. “What happened in the ’80s, happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”
Jason Reitman, an accomplished, Oscar nominated writer/director in his own right, whose film credits include such breakthrough hits as 2007's "Juno" and the 2009 George Clooney film "Up in the Air", made the decision to follow in his own father's footsteps by taking over the reigns to this long-awaited sequel. His father, Ivan Reitman was the director to the original iconic Ghostbusters blockbuster. Jason grew up watching and learning from all of his dad’s big-budget comedies like "Stripes,"Twins," and "Dave," and admits he was just as obsessed with Ghostbusters as any other ‘80s kid.
“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Reitman says. “I love everything about it. The iconography. The music. The tone,” Reitman says. “I remember being on set and seeing them try out the card catalog gag for the first time when the library ghost makes them come flying out. I remember the day they killed Stay Puft and I brought home a hardened piece of foam that just sat on a shelf for years. I was scared there was a terror dog underneath my bed, before people knew what a terror dog was.”
Jason, his mother, and sister played panicked residents fleeing the “Spook Central” haunted skyscraper in the first film, but they were ultimately cut. A few years later, the boy did get a comical speaking line in the 1989 sequel, playing a birthday boy who was unimpressed by the Ghostbusters: “My dad says you guys are full of crap."
When he began making his own movies, starting with 2005’s black comedy, "Thank You for Smoking," Reitman was often asked in interviews if he’d ever want to make his own Ghostbusters movie. “I think I said, ‘There’d be no busting,’” he recalls with a laugh. The truth is though, he did often wonder about making one, too: “I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember.”
Jason Reitman penned the Ghostbusters: Afterlife script alongside "Monster House" director Gil Kenan. His father, Ivan, will serve as a producer on the new film.
“It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out,” says original Ghostbusters director, Ivan Reitman. “It was a decision he had to come to himself. He worked really hard to be independent and developed a wonderful career on his own. So I was quite surprised when he came to me with Gil and said, ‘I know I’ve been saying for 10 years I’m the last person who should make a Ghostbusters movie, but…I have this idea.’ Literally, I was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny.”
“This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet,” says Jason Reitman explaining how the inspiration for this new movie came to him. "We wanted to make a love letter to the original movie. And this is a story that I -- again, I did not expect to be making a new Ghostbusters movie. I thought I was going to be this Indie dude who made Sundance movies. And then this character came to me. She was a 12 year old girl. I didn’t know who she was or why she popped into my head, but I saw her with a proton pack in her hand. And I wrote this story. This story began to form over many years actually. It started with a girl and all of a sudden it was a family. And eventually I knew this movie that I needed to make, that I needed to write." Reitman went on to say, “I’m floored by the idea of what it would be like to find a proton pack in your grandparents’ basement. What would that discovery reveal about who you are and what adventures you’re about to go on?...I wanted to make a movie about finding a proton pack in an old barn and the thrill of actually putting it on for the first time. I’ve had friends come to the set and hoist on the packs, and it always turns grown-ups into children.”
Now, the 12-year-old girl who started the seed of an idea in the creative mind of Jason Reitman, will be played by Mckenna Grace, the young actress who recently played young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, and also acted alongside Chris Evans in Gifted. Mckenna also seems to be an enormous Ghostbusters fan herself, and Reitman was seemingly bowled over by her emotional reaction when he was able to tell her that she had in fact landed the role of young Phoebe. "The director, Mr. Jason, had a Skype call and he was like, 'So, do you wanna be a Ghostbuster?' And I was like, ‘More than anything in the world. Definitely!'" McKenna exclaimed. "And I just started sobbing. It was one of those moments that was really surreal and I couldn’t tell if I was dreaming or not."
Teenage Trevor will be played by none other than actor, Finn Wolfhard, who is no stranger to the supernatural from his roles in “Stranger Things” and the “It” films. “Finn Wolfhard, what more can I say about Finn Wolfhard than who he already is? He’s perfect,” Reitman said.
We can call it fate, but Wolfhard had already previously dressed up as a Ghostbuster for a Halloween episode of Stranger Things in the second season. What are the chances? “For that exact reason, I thought, ‘Jason Reitman is probably not even going to look at my tape because I’ve already done it in Stranger Things,’” Wolfhard explains. “I guess he just identified a lot with my tape, and it ended up working out for the best.” Wolfhard also talked about what it was like being on the Ghostbusters: Afterlife set. "Dude, it's one of the most fun sets I've ever been on," Wolfhard said. "Jason Reitman is an amazing director; he's really amazing with his actors and crew. He creates a family relationship on set, so it's been really fun. We'll be done soon, and I think a lot of people are going to love it."
The very talented and charming stage and screen actress, Carrie Coon will be playing Callie, the single mother to both Phoebe and Trevor. You may recognize Carrie from one of her many accomplished roles, from playing the indelible Nora Durst from HBO’s The Leftovers, to the villainous Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War. Also, an honorable mention would have to be 2017's The Keeping Hours, a Cool Magazine personal favorite.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife also adds to its star power by casting Golden Globe nominee actor Paul "Ant-Man" Rudd as the science teacher, Mr. Grooberson, who remembers when the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man attacked New York. “There hasn’t been a ghost sighting in 30 years,” Rudd’s Afterlife character, Mr. Grooberson explains. “New York in the ‘80s was like the walking dead.”
"It’s such an epic film. I love it. I’m a fan." Rudd has stated. "When I heard that Jason Reitman was going to be doing a new version in the fall... my agent called him and he said, ‘Hey, Jason, we hear there’s the part for a young, semi-young, strapping man that needs to be cast... Who ya gonna call?" Rudd goes on to add, "When I heard they were going to call me, well…as you can imagine I nearly slimed myself. I can’t wait to join the cast this fall for Ghostbusters…in fact, I’m sliming myself right now."
Rudd confirmed his involvement in the latest Ghostbusters movie with a video recorded in front of the famous Hook and Ladder Company 8 fire station in New York City. This was the exterior of the building that was used as the original Ghostbusters’ headquarters.
Rudd's character of Mr. Grooberson definitely feels almost like a homage or representation of the super-fans who have faithfully followed this movie from the beginning, studying every iconic and important detail of the original Ghostbusters since it first debuted in theaters back in 1984. Another genius, relatable move by Reitman.
And no Ghostbusters film would be complete without the return of the famous paranormal investigators’ iconic car, the "Ecto-1," or the snarling growls of what appears to be a Terror Dog from the Cult of Gozer and quite possibly a return of a certain neon-green, Class-5, full-roaming vapor.
What more could you ask for, you say? Well, there is just this one more little thing...
But fast forward to 2020, and now finally, Dan Aykroyd is seeing his dream become a reality in Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Dr. Raymond Stantz is back and Aykroyd gave his two cents on the upcoming film.
“Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation,” Aykroyd said. “It hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and characters. We've shot our part, myself, Murray, Sigourney and Annie Potts, and it was really exciting working on this new idea, a new take on the story, which Jason, who's a really incredible and fine filmmaker came up with. So I'm pretty excited. You know, you never know in the film business. 'Nobody knows nothing', as the great writer William Goldman said. You don't know what's going to be a hit or not. But I have really good feelings about this, just because of the quality of the stars."
Aykroyd also stated that the film was about “passing the torch” and that Ramis’ memory would be acknowledged. “We've got some terrific young actors, a great story, a great setting, it's going to be scary, thought-provoking, it's gonna be very heart-felt, you'll feel it if you have loved ones you miss, and you've lost. It's going to be evocative in that way.”
Actor Ernie Hudson has also confirmed that he will be back as Winston Zeddemore in the new Ghostbusters sequel, and said that he was 'having a blast' making the new film. "I'm first so very honored and proud to be a part of that whole franchise. You do a movie and you expect it to do well but you don't expect to be celebrating 35 years later."
Hudson is best known for his role in the 1984 Ghostbusters cult classic, however few fans know him as a two-time cancer survivor. Hudson is now cancer-free and continues to spread the word as The Prevent Cancer Foundation's new spokesperson. The 73-year-old actor talked in a recent interview about his involvement on the original blockbuster.
"I'm so thankful that the fans embrace the movie and still love the movie. And it's nice to see how it's had an impact on people's lives, their kids. A lot of people shared the film with their kids when they were growing up, and now their kids are grown and they're sharing with their kids. So in that sense, it's great. And as an actor, I've done a lot of film and TV shows. It's nice to have one that fans still love. Those don't come along very often. I think the movie’s about friendship,” Hudson went on to explain. “It’s about regular people making a difference dealing with fears that we all have. Fears about what’s beyond the five senses, who’s in the closet when the lights go out, and they bravely deal with it.”
Queen of Sci-Fi, Sigourney Weaver will also be along for the ride by reprising her role as Dana Barret, the woman who was tormented by the demonic demigod Zuul in the 1984 film and returned for the 1989 sequel. “It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Weaver revealed in a recent interview.
Even the secretary Janine Melnitz, the grumpy office manager for the Ghostbusters, played superbly by actress Annie Potts, who has also been busy voicing "Bo Peep" in the "Toy Story" franchise since it first started in 1995, will be returning. Who could ever forget that famous signature phone greeting perfected only by Potts, “Ghostbusters, whaddya want?”
"I think what I can say is I think that it will be beloved." Potts stated. "I think people are just going to go crazy for it because Jason Reitman found a wonderful approach for it. Just wonderful. I can’t wait. We’ve just finished it, so I haven’t seen anything yet, but I can’t wait."
On a side note, it's interesting to find out that her well-known Ghostbusters character has recently turned up in a campaign for QuickBooks. The first ad features Potts reviving her role as Melnitz in an exact recreation of the Ghostbusters office, with cameos by other beloved characters. Potts is seen answering the phone in character but in a weirdly cheery mood. She turns to the camera and says she used to be cranky because dealing with Ghostbuster finances “really haunted me.” She praises QuickBooks and the company’s ability to customize for the business. A dry cleaning delivery comes in and Melnitz commends the company for getting “the burnt marshmallow stains out." Suddenly, the Slimer ghost from the original comes out and ‘slimes’ the delivery guy. Kudos to Quickbooks for using such a fun, imaginative concept. If you haven't seen it, you should really try and check it out.
Well, we can definitely admit It's certainly been fun revisiting all of that old Ghostbusters nostalgia and it's been just as equally exciting to think about how Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be when it's finally released. But, it's hard not to think that something very important will be missing from the new experience. Actor. director and writer Harold Ramis, who sadly passed away in 2014 and will forever be lovingly remembered as our unforgettable technology Ghostbuster mastermind inventor, Egon Spengler.
“I miss him a lot. He was, of course, a really intelligent, great writer and collaborator,” Dan Aykroyd talked of his good friend, Ramis. “We paid tribute to him in the (2016 remake) that Paul Feig made with the girls, he was there in a bust, and Billy and I showed up to work on that because we had faith in that vision…So, we paid tribute to Harold there, and of course, we’ll recognize him in this film in some way, however small.”
“We miss Harold, because Harold was really the glue that I think held everybody together." Ernie Hudson explained. "He was always my go-to point and anything that was a little bit weird, or whatever, Harold was the guy who would sort of say, ‘Ernie, just…’ and explain the world to me. And I miss him, but his spirit is there.”
Bill Murray also acknowledged the loss of Ramis in the new project “Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” Murray said, pursing his lips, looking down. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”
This is why, for many of us that have experienced the loss of a loved one, the main objective behind Jason Reitman's new Ghostbusters: Afterlife is particularly moving. It points and aims directly at the heart. The concept is like a fitting memorial in itself. It's the closing of one chapter, and the opening of the next. The meaning behind "Afterlife" could quite possibly be addressing one of the most important subjects that we will all have to deal with eventually at some point in time. That though we may lose someone on a physical level, their spirit will live on. What better movie to address this than a film that surrounds itself with the presence of ghosts? Whereas the original took a spooky, more comedic approach to the spiritual apparition, now that one of their own has fallen, isn't it just the flip side of the same coin? The only difference being that now it all seems all the more realistic. Much more close to home.
This has been some terrific speculation on Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but before we go any further, we think we need to actually see the movie to truly see if it lives up to all the hype. So, now we wait to see what will come of Jason Reitman’s attempt to carry the baton passed from his father, Ivan, to a whole new generation of fans.
“If I think about who I’m making this movie for, it’s my father,” the younger Reitman said. “We all know what it’s like to be told stories by our parents. I’m really honored to get a chance to tell one back to him from the world he brought to life.”
We, at Cool Magazine, will leave you with some words from the late, great Harold Ramis who once said this about participating in a Ghostbusters sequel.
"If there’s a message that underlies the whole thing, personally, I want to believe in that message and feel like we’re saying something useful to the audience.”
And what can be more meaningful than honoring the legacy of a dear friend in a way that brings everyone impossibly together one more time for this long awaited sequel. A movie that has brought so much excitement, thrills and much needed laughter to countless people all over the world, lighting up the creative imagination of its generation and of future generations to come. We can't help but imagine Harold smiling down, watching his old friends charge up their proton packs one last time and know that it won't be long until they will be once again "Savin' the Day."
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is scheduled to hit theaters July 10, 2020.
- By J. Shepherd