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Ernie Hudson talks Ghostbusters reboots, universes and… is Rick Moranis back after all?!

January 26th, 2021 by Marc Comments


While Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been pushed back yet again to November, other movies haven’t and that means some of the movie’s stars have other releases on the horizon before we get to busting ghosts again.

One of those actors is Ernie Hudson whose out promoting his new movie Redemption day (on VOD now) but, obviously, while doing the press, Ghostbusters comes up and in there, the star has given us some very cool bits of news about the upcoming third movie.

One of the most interesting things is the star’s response to the question of whether or not Rick Moranis is returning for the movie. Now, we have been told Moranis is not returning, with Moranis himself saying as much (here) however, when asked, Hudson replies: “I think the studios probably want to hold that one. I love Rick. But yeah, I’ll let them share that.”

Now, that strikes us being a very odd response; I mean, surely you can only “share” news? And if Moranis isn’t back then there’s no news, so the very way the response is worded certainly infers Moranis is back as Lois Tully. we know that there was some tweaking done on the movie – it was supposed to come out almost a year ago – so could some of that tweaking be the inclusion of Moranis? Who knows… but I certainly feel the implication is that he’s back. Here’s hoping.

The star called returning to Ghostbusters as “almost a spiritual”, saying  “I  just felt almost emotional by it. I mean, to see Bill [Murray], and Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and then to see this new group of people coming in, it was something that had such an impact on my life. To be able to come back together again, that was very, very special.”

He also confirms that the original stars will suit up again, saying: “So, just to go back on the set and see the guys in their jumpsuits it was almost spiritual.”

Interestingly, Hudson was asked if this is a sequel or, like the 2016 movie, is it a reboot – he’s pretty confident on where this lies in the Ghostbusters timeline/multiverse: “It’s not a reboot.”

Speaking about the female-led movie and director Paul Feig – all of whom he speaks highly of [“I definitely loved everybody who was in it. Paul Feig, I’m still fans of theirs”] Hudson does say that rebooting the franchise was not the best idea: “A reboot, to me, means you’re trying to do the movie over. Another version of what we already did. And I think that was a mistake.

“It wasn’t a continuation or an extension of. It was somehow a different universe there. You know what I mean? It’s kind of like us, but it’s us but not us. In that universe, they’re women. I don’t know. That was a choice that was made.”

But he goes on to explain that, thankfully, this new movie is back to the prime GB universe and is picking up after the events of Ghostbusters 2: “This is Ghostbusters. As we move on through the world, 20, 30 years later, it’s still within the same universe. And the other was Ghostbusters. But like I said, it just felt like a retelling of the same story, which automatically causes comparisons that you really don’t need to be doing. I’m saying this is how I feel like. But this is Ghostbusters later. It’s been 30-35 years since we did the Ghostbusters’. And so this is years later. But definitely, it’s the same universe.”

Man, I’m so excited for this movie and it’s starting to feel like it will never come… but it will and I’ll be there opening night, as Hudson himself says: “I’m happy that they decided to wait until it could be shown in a theater. Audiences should have the opportunity to see it that way. Ultimately, everything ends up on TV. But I’d love for people to have that sort of group experience.”

What say you all? Do you hope Moranis is back? Do you agree the reboot was a bid idea and are you glad we’re back in the prime universe of Ghostbusters for this movie? I want to hear it all…

Sources: Toofab and livinglifefearless

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….