Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Case For Winston.

The fact that there's a new Ghostbusters film on the horizon is both a blessing and a curse. It's wonderful that a new picture full of ghosts and goblins will entertain audiences both young and old. It's sad that the film apparently will not be a continuation of the original story.

There's only one way to save the film in my eyes...

And that's the addition of Winston Zeddemore.

You see, Winston was the best original Ghostbuster in my opinion. He was the every-man; busting ghosts was a means to an end. Winston wasn't in it for the science or the glory. He was just trying to support himself with a job... ANY job. That's admirable in my book -- someone who will diversify their skill base and be a jack-of-all-trades. Plus, Winston was easy to relate to. Not to mention, he had the best line in the whole movie.

"When someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!"

What most viewers of Ghostbusters might not realize is that Winston was cut out of the majority of the film. Originally, he was slated to be in it from the beginning. But, after numerous script rewrites, his role was reduced to a mere fraction of what actor Ernie Hudson had signed on for. It's a shame; Hudson is a fantastic actor that I've always been a big fan of. Apparently, it was revealed that his role was intended for Eddie Murphy, but that plan didn't work out. As great as Murphy was at the time, I can't picture Winston being played by anyone else than Ernie Hudson. Ernie is the MAN.

Back to my concept for the new Ghostbusters film...

In an effort to bridge the old Ghostbusters with the new ones, I believe Ernie should be there to pass the torch. Write it in such a manner that Winston is the last remaining Ghostbuster. Egon, Ray and Peter have passed on after battling ghosts, ghouls and monsters over the past few decades. Only Winston remains. Realizing that he's outgunned and out of options, he decides to seek out new members for the team. In essence, Winston becomes the sensei for the new generation.

What better way to keep the continuity of the original two films going, but bring the modern Ghostbusters into the fold? It makes sense, while serving as a big tip of the hat to the often forgotten Ghostbuster member.

Paul Feig, if you're reading this, just give my idea some consideration.

Please share this article with as many folks as possible. Do it for Winston.

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