Now that the ghastly (and unfair) backlash of the Ghostbusters reboot is behind us, it’s nice to hear talk of the franchise not being completely dead and buried.
Aside from the long-discussed animated movie version that director Ivan Reitman has been plotting with Sony, we feared we’d seen the last of any live-action projects – until now. Co-creator Dan Aykroyd has said in a new interview with Cinema Blend that he'd be open to the idea of a live-action, prequel-style series, perhaps inspired by the success of Stranger Things.
“Yes. Absolutely. Sure. Sure. I can see several possibilities there,” Aykroyd tells the site. “You know? Take a cue from these guys in Stranger Things and maybe have the Ghostbusters in high school or something.”
Which begs the question, what the hell where these guys up to before they became full-fledged phantom fighters? Well, let’s get the obvious plot hole out of the way first. Sorry, but if this does become a reality, then we insist that the fourth and final member, Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), be an O.G. member of the group. If you're rebooting, just go all out. That way we can really get to see Winston and his buddies Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) way before they all became parapsychologists. Let’s say in a spooky suburb not too far from New York City.
While we’re bending the narrative rules, would it be too much to ask that Sigourney Weaver’s Dana Barrett also be a pupil in the same faculty? She does, after all, become the gateway to a Sumerian god, so we can’t imagine that would have been her first-ever encounter with the paranormal. We'd also go so far as to say it was probably her very unfortunate birthright.
In fact, we imagine each and every one of them will have a (ghost) story to tell from their youth – and this show would have no shortage of extracurricular (paranormal) activities going on.
If you ever played the 2009 video game, you’ll know that Winston spent time in the Egypt exhibit of the museum while he was in college, which would be a perfect story arc for some creepy Egyptian mythology to come alive behind the school gates.
Peter, the resident non-believer, would no doubt be spending most of his time in class trying (and failing) to impress Dana, while ignoring the ghoulish tales of his pals and a few questionable apparitions hovering behind him at any given moment.
Egon and Raymond have clearly devoted their entire lives to the investigation of paranormal and psychic phenomena. So we're imagining them pretty much holed up in the science lab for the entire series, which is where they'll discover that their high school has been built on an ancient burial ground, as well as realizing that their suspicious-looking principal is actually Slimer disguised in a suit and tie.
Your move, Netflix.
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