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When we learned that the Ghostbusters franchise would be returning in the form of a reboot instead of a sequel, many fans were bummed. After years of teasing a third film in the franchise, with the original, much-loved characters, it now appears that will never happen. And now it looks like that may have been a shame as Ghostbusters 2 actually set up the perfect opportunity to make a third film in the franchise this year.
If you remember 1989’s Ghostbusters 2 (and you’ll be forgiven if you’ve made a concerted effort to forget it), when we first meet Bill Murray’s character, Peter Venkman, he’s hosting a television show called World of the Psychic. In the "episode" we see in the film, he has two psychics on his show, each predicting a different date for the end of the world. One of the psychics believes the world will end on New Year’s Eve of the current year. It turns out this psychic prediction isn’t that far off as that is the date when the Ghostbusters end up doing battle with Viggo the Carpathian at the end of the movie. The world surely would have ended if not for the Ghostbusters. So if one psychic was so close, maybe the other one could be as well.
Her projected date for the end of the world? February 14, 2016. Valentine’s Day, bummer.
As a user on Reddit points out, this could have made for a great premise for a third film starring the original cast. Nearly 30 years after the Ghostbusters successfully averted one world ending catastrophe they are called on to do it again. It would have made for a fantastic connection to the previous film. Of course, there are a number of reasons that a third film in the franchise could never happen. Bill Murray has made it perfectly clear that he had zero interest in reprising his role, plus with the death of Harold Ramis it just would have been near impossible to make a third movie great without one of the people who was integral to both the cast and the writing. Still, it’s a fun idea for a movie. Check out the full scene below.
End of the world related or not, we will be getting a new Ghostbusters movie this July with Paul Feig handling both the writing and directing duties. The new busting team consists of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
Hopefully, the world won’t end next month so we’ll actually get to see the new Ghostbusters in action. Just to be safe though, maybe you should make your plans to see Deadpool early.