Ghostbusters 4: Timmy’s Movie Pitch!
Well, earlier this year, in July, I wrote a revised idea for a Ghostbusters 3 movie. Since we just got Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer and toy review, I tweaked it a bit from my VERY original pitch back when the 2016 all female reboot was happening. Well, after seeing the movie last night (Sunday 11/21) at the late showing at the Orion Cinema (I paid for my ticket myself, but I want to say thank you to them, because their staff kicks butt), I have an idea about a 4th installment. My original pitch could still work, but, now that I know what has happened in the past 32 years in the Ghostbuster's timeline, I'll need to revamp a little!
Why do I think I have the authority to pitch a Ghostbusters Film?
I don't, I just have mad love for the franchise! Ghostbusters was released on June 8, 1984 and becoming the second-highest-grossing movie of that year! I remember the thrill when my dad took my brother and I to the theater to see it. I've always loved the paranormal and love comedy and this movie had both. Yes, I was only 3 when we saw it, and a lot of jokes went over my head, and yes "the dogs" scared me, but making one of the big bad guys be a giant marshmallow man, was a great way to help me not have bad dreams later on that night. I remember getting in trouble for quoting Bill Murray's character Dr. Peter Venkman's line "yes, this man has no dick." whenever my mom would ask me the question "is this true?"
Timmy's Ghostbusters Pitch!
I first discussed the idea with my friends back in 2015, it (at the time, we knew the Answer The Call movie would be a reboot), could include the new film as well as set up a big cinematic universe with all sorts of different Ghostbuster teams all over the world! My idea called for Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Akroyd) is the main Ghostbuster left from the original ... Egon (Harold Ramis) has passed away, as has Dr. Peter Venkman (assuming Bill Murray doesn't want to be in the film -- or if he does he can be a ghost), Winston Zeddmore is now the head of a major prison (Ernie Hudson was in HBO's "Oz" and that seemed funny to me) or he's part of the Ghostbusters logistical division (since he had such a love of vehicles, which is still showed, considering how he treated Ecto-1 at the end of Afterlife). Ray is now the head of the Ghostbusters ("GhostCorps") franchise, (which they did talk about in the first film back after Ray gets the loan for mortgaging his house).
If you have not seen Ghostbusters: Afterlife yet, please do so. It is one of the few movies that actually brought me to tears, especially the emotional roller coaster I was on, when they discussed Egon's character & actions, and how they handled the ghostbusting scientist, especially after the passing of Harold Ramis in 2014.
REVISED PITCH - SPOILERS FOR GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE AHEAD
Now that we know what has gone on the past 32 years in the Ghostbuster's timeline, about how Egon did have a child, but got consumed with the end of the world, that he abandoned everything to keep the threat at bay, to save not only his family & friends, but the world. We also know how Peter married Dana & went back to teach, Ray continued his work at his book store (that he had in Ghostbusters 2), and Winston had invested money, got his PHD and became hugely successful. The after credits scene, teases him bringing Ecto-1 back into the firehouse which he had re-purchased. My idea for starting a "GhostCorps" could still work, although, Winston is now the main financier (since that is heavily implied in the post credit scene), Ray and Pheobe (Egon's Granddaughter) are now the main scientists and inventors. She grows up and takes Egon's mantle as the brains, and eventually they go into the franchising of the groups, only with Winston, like I said, footing the bill. Now there are all these solo "Ghostbuster" teams that do their own thing. Heck, get Oscar (the baby from the 2nd movie) to be a Ghostbuster, why not?!? They still check in with Dr. Stanz back at Ghost HQ when needed, since he's the head, otherwise they do all their own adventures (movies, cartoons, comics). This can lead to an all-female team, as well as the new all-male cast, as well as whatever mix we need. Think of "CSI: Miami" with more Proton Packs. I have hopes that if I spread this idea enough it may happen, especially if Sony and Dan Akroyd are teaming up to handle the franchise in real life. I don't want any credit, I just do not want my childhood to be rebooted AGAIN!