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Ghostbusters legend shares his thoughts on the two original films

Many for decades ghostbusters Fans have debated whether or not Ghostbusters II (1989) is a good sequel. For the vast majority, favorite of the two is a no-brainer as the original 1984 film is a true classic, but the sequel remains quite divisive among fans.

We believe Ghostbusters II is a great sequel, but many fans feel that it doesn’t quite capture the same charm and magic as its predecessor, which is a near impossible feat for many movie sequels. That being said, there are many who believe that it is indeed so better than the original!

Ghostbusters: Life After Death
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About the future of ghostbusters franchise, Sony Pictures recently announced ghostbusters Day (June 8) that sees a number of exciting projects in the works, including a live-action follow-up to last year Ghostbusters: Afterlifee (2021).

However, in an interview with BET, Ernie Hudson, who plays Winston Zeddemore in the lead three ghostbusters films and also has a cameo appearance as a new character in the 2016 reboot Ghostbusters: Answer the call (2016), was asked for his opinion on the first two episodes.

First, here’s what he had to say about the original ghostbusters Movie:

“With Ghostbusters One, I thought it was really quite original, and I think there wasn’t any of that kind of humor and it was scary and a little bit of all that, but Ghostbusters II, when it came out, it was five years later, and they had the animated series that was running and it had become part of the cultural psyche.”

Ghostbusters II
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The 76-year-old actor (who looks incredible for his age) then spoke about the sequel, explaining that it had a “different audience” back then, mostly because of the animated series The real ghost hunters (1986), which was already airing by the time the sequel was released:

“So when new people were introduced to this, it was a different audience. Many children grew up watching the cartoons and the second film. I think the second film is more family friendly. In the first movie this librarian is scary enough so he’s a bit more perceptive and I think the second one is more family friendly and I think a lot more young people will embrace this movie. It’s much easier to digest.”

Winston Zeddemore Ghostbusters
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So it seems that Hudson doesn’t necessarily have a favorite and that he just looks at each of the first two ghostbusters Movies as another entity (no pun intended). Still, he acknowledges that the original propelled the franchise into pop culture:

“But older viewers tend to like the first one because it spawned this whole Ghostbusters phenomenon, and there was the song that was a big part of that too, and 40 years later there are studios that are still on that dynamic.” build up, so I think it depends on how you were introduced to the film.”

Ghostbusters 1984
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Although there was no casting news for Ghostbusters 4 (working title) it’s highly likely that Ernie Hudson will reprise his role as Winston Zeddemore in the upcoming sequel, especially considering that Ghostbusters: Life After Death‘s very interesting post-credits scene.

In fact, it was refreshing to see Hudson/Zeddemore in the spotlight for once. That’s not to say he isn’t an equal part of the original cast in the first two films, but it’s no secret to fans that his screen time is in the original film a lot of less than it should have been.

Ghostbusters 2016
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This is because the filmmakers originally wanted Eddie Murphy to play Winston Zeddemore. But when he turned it down, Bill Murray got a bigger role as Dr. Peter Venkman, while Winston was left out of many scenes in large rewrites.

Well, we can’t imagine that ghostbusters without Ernie Hudson and his equally lovable screen counterpart. Hudson also reprized his role in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009) and will do the same in this year’s multiplayer game Ghostbusters: Ghosts Unleashed (2022).

Ghostbusters The Video Game
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Now all we need is a thought-provoking analysis of the comparisons between him Ghostbusters II and Ghostbusters: Life After Death. Personally, we think the 1989 film is a better sequel, mostly because Ghostbusters: Life After Death relies a bit too much on fanservice.

Ghostbusters: Life After Death also misses out on some great world-building opportunities, but here’s to hope Ghostbusters 5 will not rely on the same ghostbusters Villains and storylines. We’d also like to know how Ernie Hudson would rank all four ghostbusters movies!

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It has certainly been a busy year for the ghostbusters Franchise. 2022 followed the release of on the heels Ghostbusters: Life After Death, which impressed critics and grossed over $204 million worldwide. And then of course there were all the announcements ghostbusters Day.

However, there has also been some very sad news since ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II Unfortunately, director Ivan Reitman passed away in February. Ivan Reitman was the father of Jason Reitman, the director of Ghostbusters: Life After Death.

Ghostbusters: Life After Death
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According to the ghostbusters/Sony Pictures website, here is the synopsis for Ghostbusters: Life After Death:

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. When a single mother and her two children arrive in a small town in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather’s secret legacy. The film was written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.

Ghostbusters Afterlife
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Ghostbusters: Life After Death Stars McKenna Grace (Phoebe), Logan Kim (Podcast), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Carrie Coon (Callie), Paul Rudd (Gary Grooberson), Bill Murray (Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz) and Ernie Hudson (Winston zeddemore).

Ghostbusters 4 will be released on December 20, 2023. Ghostbusters: Ghosts Unleashed will be released on October 18th while Ghostbusters VR (TBA) is expected sometime next year.

A ghostbusters animated series and a ghostbusters An animated film is also in the works, as is a limited edition comic to follow Ghostbusters: Life After Death.

Ghostbusters: Life After Death
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