Not to diminish the article, but I find Bloody Disgusting and other movie sites tend to do a lot of this “someone in the know, but whom we cannot name” thing, which is fair enough, when you have a source that is regarded as solid, but cannot to named or it will be bad for them, but it remains one step away from made-up at that point. And in this case, the reported scoop is that Oscar is actually Venkman’s son, which creates major plot meat for the reluctant Ghostbuster, Bill Murray. Which is cool. Only, everybody pretty much guessed – ages back – that if Venkman wasn’t dead, he was going to be a father to Oscar in the film, as soon as Reitman confirmed Oscar would BE in the third movie. That it’s literal versus figurative is a small detail.
Much like Steven Spielberg did with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (where Mutt Williams is Indy and Marion’s love-child), Ivan Reitman is looking to kick-start a new franchise with a ghost bustin’ love-child of their own.
Early word from an insider is that the (hinted at) love affair between Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) and Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) has a much bigger impact on the franchise than just an angry Vigo (Wilhelm von Homburg).
From what we’re told, it will be revealed that Dana’s son Oscar is in fact Peter’s child as well. Furthermore, Oscar is now 21-ish and ready to take the reigns of his father’s ghost busting business!
It’s an important plot point as it gives a lot of weight to the actual story, and takes it from being “just another sequel” to having a real purpose (so long as they don’t pull an Indiana Jones IV).
So, kudos to Bloody Disgusting for the thought exercise we all played out last year. We’ll be genuinely excited when we can confirm it. Please enjoy the web traffic. I’m more interested in their continued mention that Rick Moranis is coming out of retirement for this – THAT would be a scoop.