There are growing calls among Ghostbusters fans for Louis Tully actor Rick Moranis to rejoin his original franchise co-stars in Jason Reitman’s 2020 sequel.
When appearing at Ghostbusters Fan Fest in celebration of the 1984 film’s 35th anniversary, Reitman revealed Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver have each read the script he penned with co-writer Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist), hinting the classic cast will reunite in GB20.
After Weaver revealed her involvement and seemingly confirmed the returns of Murray, Aykroyd and Hudson in the 36-years-later sequel, co-star Annie Potts told Los Angeles’ KTLA 5 she expects to answer the call for more Ghostbusters — leaving Moranis as the last-surviving core cast member yet to address the third film.
Moranis took a hiatus from acting in 1997 to focus on family following the death of wife Ann Belsky. A reprisal of Wayne Szalinski in straight-to-video Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! marked Moranis’ last on-screen role for a decade, until he revived popular SCTV character Bob McKenzie in 2007’s Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary. In the years between, Moranis performed infrequent voiceover work.
In 2015, the star made headlines when it was learned he declined a cameo appearance in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot.
Mulling over a return to acting now that his children are grown, Moranis told THR he “took a break, which turned into a longer break.”
“But I’m interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I’ll probably do it,” Moranis said. “[But Ghostbusters 2016] didn’t appeal to me.”
An appearance in the reboot — which will be ignored by Reitman’s film, a direct sequel to his father’s 1984 Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters II — made “no sense” to Moranis. “Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?” he said in 2015.
Sony has dated GB20 for July 10, 2020.
All I want from a Ghostbusters sequel is Rick Moranis.— JLegally (@j_legally) June 8, 2019
With so many originals willingly joining the cast (and actually excited by the sound of it), many of us fans are super pumped for it. If the legendary Rick Moranis gets on board- it'll be a massive win for the film.#Ghostbusters https://t.co/VtjonCk4gz— MrJRB (@jbarsody) June 8, 2019
It’s all well and good getting Sigourney and the original Ghostbusters back but coax Rick Moranis out of retirement and we have a deal pic.twitter.com/dFWSf6jS8Q— Insert Montage (@InsertMontage) June 8, 2019
Thats some awesome news about #Ghostbusters and the new Movie. Did someone call RICK MORANIS if he would reprise his role too? That would be so fantastic! @JasonReitman Please, Mr. Moranis. Concider it. We all want you back on the big screen ... :-) https://t.co/K0QypsblQ0— Der Motzmichel (@DerMotzmichel) June 13, 2019
Very happy that they are making the third Ghostbusters movie with the original cast. Kinda bummed that they waited until Harold Ramis had died to do it.
But here's to hoping that they can get Rick Moranis to come out of retirement for the picture. Also Annie Potts.— Jon Loveless, CEO (@jonloveless) June 7, 2019
Sigourney Weaver going to be in Ghostbusters 3 alongside Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd makes me happy. Just need a way to shoehorn Rick Moranis into it as well to complete the set.— Jarek (@jarekd) June 9, 2019
if @JasonReitman didn't AT LEAST TRY to convince Rick Moranis to come out of retirement for Ghostbusters 3 im gonna be extremely disappointed....— Travis HoLLoW Collin #LikeA80sHorrorFlick (@HoLLoW_360) June 14, 2019
They can bring back the original crew for Ghostbusters 2020 but I'm more interested to see if Rick Moranis makes a come back.— gamerjerome (@gamrjerome) June 9, 2019
I hope @JasonReitman has reached out to Rick Moranis about Ghostbusters 3. It would be a real downer if he's not in it.— Price of Reason (@priceoreason) June 16, 2019
@JasonReitman Thanks for the upcoming third Ghostbusters movies! Just a question: Are Ernie Hudson, Annie Pots and Rick Moranis in the movie? Please, mention Harold Ramis. He deserves a tribute!!— Cesare Marino (@86CesareMarino) June 9, 2019
I hope they make Ghostbusters 3 and I hope everyone comes back. If only so I can see Rick Moranis again. That guy's a pretty awesome human being.— Biggie Foots 🦍👣 (@bigolfoot) June 9, 2019
How about Rick Moranis? 😁 this is terribly exciting though!— JD (@JDActor) June 9, 2019