May 23, 2013
Is Ghostbusters 3 Too Late?
It’s been nearly 25 years since the release of Ghostbusters 2, and even longer since the original, shedding a new take on supernatural science fiction and dark humor. Ghostbusters made the idea of science more relatable with general audience members by fusing hippie mysticism with interesting storytelling. By adding theoretical history into the mix, the series always makes a great swing at our emotional cores by intriguing us with what might have been.
Dan Aykroyd commented, “It’s based on new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University. Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width and time, become threatened by some of the research that’s being done. Ghostbusters — new Ghostbusters — have to come and solve the problem.”
We’ve watched for almost thirty years now as the science fiction boom predating the early 21st century (The Matrix, The Bourne Identity, Minority Report) taught us new and more creative ways to interpret the medium. But is Ghostbusters too late to revive itself, here and now, at a time when we’ve already seen the likes of District 9 and Avatar?
I’d like to imagine that Ghostbusters 2 offered a dark humor that society hadn’t adopted on as massive scale as they have today. However, I also take into account that special effects are for more perplexing than they were back in the eighties.
James Cameron actually conceived the idea for Avatar way back in the late eighties, around the time that he’d directed The Abyss in 1989. The Abyss followed the story of overseas oil workers who’ve just discovered an alien species that have lived in the Earth’s oceans for thousands of years. The Abyss isn’t what you’d call a visually intensive movie. In fact, most of its entertainment came from context and proper delivery. However, Cameron couldn’t direct Avatar yet because he knew that the technology to create the movie’s visuals hadn’t been made yet. It would take him almost two decades before his creation was finally realized.
Cameron relied on society to build his creation, and Ghostbusters relies on just as much visual eye candy as Avatar does. Effectively, this all means that Ghostbusters is more than applicable to be revived.
But have we grown up from ghost stories and tales of the supernatural? Well, of course not! Most seem to believe that the Vampire vs Lycan era in films are on the ice for now, which makes sense when we observe the fluxing of comic hero movies since 2008. I, however, like to think that Ghostbusters has its own power to start cultural revolutions, even in the 21st century. Am I crazy for believing this?
The first two films released at a tender time in the eighties where science fiction and cheesy action movies were only just beginning to immortalize themselves with the likes of Back to the Future and the Predator series. Of course, this also meant that Ghostbusters could be visually different in concept and hilarious in delivery. Somehow, it found a way to be funny and serious in the same way.
Finally we arrive to the central worry on most others’ minds: Can Ghostbusters 3 survive box office criticisms to be more than just a flopped remake of an eighties classic?
We have yet to see in the future with its possible release, but I doubt it.
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures