You wanted Ghostbusters 3, rather than a remake? You already got it.
One of the most frustrating things about being a Ghostbusters fan over the years is that the film franchise met its demise after only two installments, and it’s that lingering frustration that has no doubt contributed a great deal to the “hate campaign” currently being leveled against this summer’s reboot. Fans are getting something they don’t want after so many years of not getting something they were begging for, and when placed into that context, it’s a bit easier to understand why so many have already decided that Paul Feig’s vision is not worth supporting.
Like Gozer, a third installment in the Ghostbusters franchise took many forms over the years, but despite the best efforts of co-creators Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, it just wasn’t meant to be. With the passing of Ramis back in 2014, it was all but inevitable that the continuation of the series would be tossed out the window in favor of a brand new franchise, and of course, it wasn’t long after his passing that a remake was indeed announced. It’s headed our way on July 15th, and if you’re just not feeling it, we’ve got a treat for you today that we think you’re going to love.
Back in 2009, Ghostbusters: The Video Game was released across several different consoles, and as many fans have noted, it was essentially the third installment in the film franchise that we never got – albeit a playable, animated version. In fact, Aykroyd himself has gone on record as stating that the game is, for all intents and purposes, Ghostbusters 3. He helped write it with Ramis, and they utilized several unused ideas from the original films as well as the infamously unmade sequel Ghostbusters 3: Hellbent.
Pulling off the seemingly impossible, the developers were able to bring back all of the original stars to voice their beloved characters in the game, and yes, even Bill Murray joined in the fun. It’s no secret that Murray’s hesitation to do a third Ghostbusters film is what killed the project at every turn, so it’s no small miracle that he agreed to reprise the role of Peter Venkman for the game.
In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, set two years after the events of Ghostbusters 2 (in 1991), you play an unnamed rookie character being trained by Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, and Zeddemore. After a PKE shockwave disperses ghosts all over New York City, you and the gang are tasked with saving the day, and the team eventually discovers that Ivo Shandor is trying to bring another Gozer-like Destructor into the world of the living. Along the way, they (and you) have run-ins with Slimer, the Library Ghost, Walter Peck, Vigo the Carpathian and even the legendary Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
If you’re a huge Ghostbusters fan, you surely played the game back in ’09, and have probably played it again since, but this is something a bit different. One fan recently took it upon himself to meticulously edit together all of the cut-scenes and much of the game-play into what basically amounts to a 2+ hour feature film. He refers to the fan edit, which is in full Blu-ray quality, as Ghostbusters 3, and it damn sure feels like the movie that we otherwise will never get to see.
So sit back, relax, and take comfort in the fact that Ghostbusters 3, well, it kinda does exist!