While making the publicity rounds for Neill Blomkaump‘s Chappie, Sigourney Weaver was finally asked about her thoughts and interest in the Ghostbusters reboot. Would she be open to a cameo, or want a meatier role in Paul Feig‘s all-female Ghostbusters?Here’s the excerpt from Screen Rant‘s interview with Weaver:
SR: I know ‘Ghostbusters’ has made this huge announcement about how they are going to be continuing the franchise. But for a long time, you and the rest of the original cast were kind of on this bubble of, ‘Will you guys be back?’ and now they have kind of gone in this different direction. How do you feel about that?
Weaver: I think that’s awesome. I think it’s great. I think it’s going to be fantastic. I can’t wait to see it.
SR: Will we ever see you pop up anywhere in there?
Weaver: They might have us pop up as marshmallow men or something and then destroy us. I don’t know. I hope they will think of some silly way for us to be in it. Maybe I could play that ancient librarian who goes [makes noise].
What do you think? Personally, I’d rather see Weaver in a meatier role than just a quick cameo. Perhaps something like what Leonard Nimoy did in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Reboot. Perhaps the female Ghostbusters need some advice from someone who’s been there and seek out Weaver.
Now one big problem with either of those happening would be some of Paul Feig’s previous comments stating that the reboot won’t exist in the same continuity as the original Ghostbusters.
We’re not recreating the old movie but we want to do just enough fun nods that the fans will go, ‘Oh, okay, they’re acknowledging that the other movie existed.’ I like to watch parodies, but I don’t want to do them because they’re too referential. Comedy that’s too referential has such a short shelf life, whereas comedy that’s based around characters will be relatable 2000 years from now because people won’t change that much.
Now that doesn’t mean that Feig couldn’t do some kind of dimensional gateway that allows Weaver a cameo as Zhul or some other ghost/demon that need some bustin’. Although I think I’d be disappointed if that was the only look at Weaver/Dana Barrett we got.