It is an interesting time to be a Ghostbusters fan. On one hand, Sony is very dedicated to making something out of the franchise in the modern day, with an all-female Paul Feig directed reboot heading to theaters next month. On the other hand, many people are upset about the reboot for various reasons and are worried that the new movie will sort of soil what is great about the originals. Also, it means we will never get the true Ghostbusters 3 movie that everyone wanted.
Hardcore Ghostbusters fans very likely played, or at least watched a friend play, the 2009 Ghostbusters video game because in a lot ways, it was the sequel that fans had been waiting for ever since Ghostbusters II. A YouTuber recently took it upon himself to take the story of Ghostbusters: The Video Game and edit it into a full-length movie. The video is now up on his YouTube channel under the title Ghostbusters III - The Video Game Movie, and it is pretty impressive. Here is what the video's creator had to say about it in the description.
"Let's face it folks, our beloved Harold Ramis is no longer with us. That means we lost a legendary actor, writer, director and a great human being. This also means that there will never be a true Ghostbusters III movie unfortunately...What I have done here for your viewing pleasure is put together a compilation of cutscenes and gameplay from the game to collaborate the story line into a feature length movie that I simply call "Ghostbusters III" and I think it turned out pretty darn well. All video was recorded on a high end PC at max settings and enhanced with video editing at full blu-ray quality."
The final video clocks in at 182 minutes, which is a bit long, but not nearly as long as playing the game itself. Many considered Ghostbusters: The Video Game to be the unofficial sequel to Ghostbusters II anyway, but this video really helps to cement why that is. The plot takes place in 1991, two years after the events of the previous movie. The Ghostbusters are now training a new recruit when ghosts get released all over the city, and it is up to the whole gang and their new member to clean up the mess. What's more is that the entire original cast voiced their characters for the game, plus Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis helped with the script.
Aykroyd had been trying to get a new Ghostbusters movie made for years and in recent years leading up to the current reboot, there were a lot of different creatives working on it. Max Landis wrote a draft of the movie that was reportedly very close to getting the green light when Paul Feig pitched Sony the idea of the all-female version, which ultimately won out. With it being a reboot, that extinguishes any hope fans had of ever seeing a real deal Ghostbusters 3, but this video may help to ease the pain a bit.
How the creators of Ghostbusters: The Video Game managed to get together the entire creative team necessary to make a proper Ghostbusters sequel, yet the guys could never seem to make the movie happen is beyond anyone. But, the game does serve as a nice extension of the Ghostbusters universe for fans and this painstaking fan edit is great for those who just want to get the story and not necessarily play the game. Be sure to check out Ghostbusters III - The Video Game Movie for yourself below.