10 Tips for the Makers of Ghostbusters 3
All right everyone, it looks like Ghostbusters 3 is actually a go: a script's been written, the returning cast is tentatively confirmed, Ivan Reitman will be directing, and Sigourney Weaver is ready to spill secrets. Enjoy this honeymoon period while it lasts, because Ghostbusters 3 is a project full of potential peril. Here are ten bits of advice that the filmmakers ought to take if they want to avoid a final product that crashes under the weight of its own rebooted nostalgia:
1. Please do not have Kanye West remix the theme song or something
Look, I've already resigned myself to the fact that the filmmakers will incorporate Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters theme song somehow. Can't it be a snippet heard on the radio or a closing credits Easter egg rather than something that's going to be reimagined and desecrated by one of today's contemporary artists? I don't need to see Lady Gaga get her Zuul on in a music video. She does that anyway.
2. Don't just make this an Apatow movie with special effects
Judd Apatow might have a near-monopoly on some of today's most successful comic actors, but suiting up Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Justin Long and their kin as young Ghostbusters is only going to look like laziness. Casting is everything, and you'll have every kid in town auditioning if you want it. Take the time to find some new talent!
3. Don't use Slimer
Slimer has already had his moment -- lots of them, in fact! We've seen him as a practical effect and as a cartoon character, and I think we can agree it should stop there before we see the weirdly tangible ghost as a CG creation (or worse, a motion-capped monstrosity suddenly voiced by Jonah Hill).
4. Don't redo the Ghostbusters logo
The original Ghostbusters logo is simple, iconic and notably 80's -- kind of like the movie itself. Why add a bunch of Photoshop filters and textures when half the fun of the logo is that kids want to draw it? Screw with that at your own peril.
5. Don't go "dark and gritty"
Ever since The Dark Knight became a megahit, it seems like every franchise reboot is intended to be dark and gritty, whether it's Nightmare on Elm Street or Spider-Man. Ghostbusters is no place for angst and tortured soul-searching. However...
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