Rick Moranis, the Canadian actor, 80s comedy legend and SCTV alum best known to nerddom as Louis Tully of Ghostbusters, Dark Helmet of Spaceballs, and Seymour Krelbourne of Little Shop of Horrors hasn’t been seen in a film since 1996, but he’s hardly retired.
He does VO work, performs as a musician, and is raising two children as a single father.
Recently, Heeb Magazine interviewed Moranis regarding his latest album: My Mother’s Brisket. Among other things, Moranis revealed that he was once very close to making Spaceballs 3 (that’s right….THREE), and he was approached regarding a new Ghostbusters film several years ago:
(“BA” is Brian Abrams of Heeb)
BA:Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money was a conversation?
RM: Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit. It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. And I was unable to make a deal with Mel. I couldn’t make a deal.
BA: In terms of just getting enough money?
RM: I wasn’t privy to what the budget was or anything, but the deal he presented me, what he wanted me to do, was not workable. It was two or three years later. He wanted me to … it’s better if I don’t get into the particulars of it. Because it is so specific, it’s counter-productive to talk about it. But I was unable to make a deal, and it would have been something I would have wanted to do. But that ship has sailed. Then, there’s the perennial talk of another Ghostbusters, but that’s all talk and speculation.
BA: Have you been approached about it?
RM: I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Aykroyd’s. Some sort of producer. And he said, “Listen, I gotta ask you something, because the Internet says you’re retired”—which is one of my favorites, by the way.
BA: When the Internet says you’re retired?
RM: I just love when the Internet is wrong. It’s the only thing that will save journalism. So he says, “I gotta ask, would you do it?” I said, “I don’t say no to anything until everything is presented to me.” What is it? Is it happening? Is there a script? What’s the part? Who else is in it? Where is it? How long is it gonna take? You know, I need a little bit more information. “But it’s something you would do?” he asks. Do I have to answer that?
BA: He needs that confirmation, so he can go back to people and make his deal.
RM: Yeah. That’s called “producing.” I got this, and I got this. Gimme some money.
Okay, Spaceballs III: The Search For Spaceballs II, is the goddamn funniest idea for a sequel title I’ve ever heard. Too bad it didn’t get off the ground…Wonder what the issue between him and Mel Brooks was.
As for the “news” regarding Ghostbusters 3, the most famous sequel never made, Moranis doesn’t seem to know anything the rest of us don’t already know. Apparently, someone connected to Dan Aykroyd is now aware that Rick Moranis has not retired…so there’s that.
Anyway, forget Ghostbusters 3: I want….no, NEED to see Spaceballs III: The Search For Spaceballs II!