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There are only a handful of things in the world of entertainment that will make me stop dead in my tracks. The announcement of a new Ghostbusters sequel directed by the son of Ivan Reitman is near the top of the list. Another would be a teaser trailer for said sequel. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out here. If you love Ghostbusters as much as I do, it’ll be like getting punched in the face by your childhood.

Based on the trailer, I am going to speculate that this barn is located in upstate New York. I’ve seen a few people online misquote the line when Ray, Peter, and Egon are exiting the bank after Ray triple mortgaged the house his parents left him as “My parents left me that farm (or barn), I was BORN there.” I mean, he definitely says house. Either way, there could still be a barn located on the Stantz property and it could be, in fact, Ray who is working in said barn under the cover of night. Although, he did triple mortgage his house and after the first movie, the Ghostbusters disbanded after being sued by multiple state and federal agencies. My guess is that it’s likely that he ended up losing the house. But, this is just me ranting. The trailer is awesome and it got me incredibly excited for the release of the movie.

I think what a lot of people like about Ghostbusters, or anything seminal from their childhood is the nostalgia. For example, I believe the reason ‘The Force Awakens’ did so well is that it provided us with the same (or a version of the same) feeling that we got watching the original Star Wars film. ‘Jurassic World’ used the same idea. THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WANT. Fans of Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, etc. know how they want those films to make them feel. They want to re-experience something for the first time . They want to feel like kids again.

The original idea for Ghostbusters 3, which came from Dan Aykroyd and his Ghost Corps, was to have the film center around Dana’s son, Oscar, who takes over the business after the death of Peter Venkman.
I really like this idea. It keeps the original Ghostbuster legacy alive, while still appealing to a new generation.

Keeping that in mind, here are a few (mostly terrible) halfbaked ideas that are in keeping with this theme and stay true to the original GB universe.

  • A still disgruntled Walter Peck and disgraced political advisor Jack Hardemeyer joined forces and, through federal regulation, forced the Ghostbusters to disband yet again. They go into hiding upstate for years until the return of Gozer forces them back to New York City.
  • Janine and Louis end up getting married and have children who get into the ghostbusting business.
  • Janosz Poha returns to work at the museum only to discover that the spirit of Vigo the Carpathian was never full destroyed and ended up in the painting of the Ghostbusters shown at the end of the second movie. Impostor versions of each character run rampant around NYC.

I’ll probably come up with even more wonderful plot ideas. If someone has Jason Reitman’s number, please don’t hesitate to get it to me.