[Movies] Seth Rogen, Jack Black And Rainn Wilson To Participate In Ghostbusters Live Read
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.14.2012
A reading of the original script...
EW.com reports that Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson are set to do a live-reading of the Ghostbusters script at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is one of the monthly live-reads hosted by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air). His rather Ivan Reitman directed Ghostbusters.
He said that even though he was on set as a kid, he was surprised when he looked at the original script. He said: "While almost all of the dialogue in original screenplay is echoed on screen, the Venkman character is completely improvised. It's as if Bill Murray was given a mumblecore-style essay about each scene and then permitted to say whatever he wanted as long as he got the point across."
For example, "He slimed me" is in the script, but "I feel so funky" is not. Venkman's magician act is also not in the script. Reitman added: "He's like a jazz musician who knows, ‘I have eight measures here and have to hit this note here and as long as I follow those rules everything else is up to me.'"
When asked if it bothered his father, he replied: "This was his third movie with Bill. They'd made Meatballs, and done Stripes together. He was already familiar with those improvisation skills."
While preparing the script for the Film Independent live-read, Reitman's father gave him the original script and the transcript of the movie. He began adding several improvisations to the page while trying to preserve original lines that hadn't been heard before. He said: "Every important Venkman line is back in there, and there are about 30 of those," Reitman says. "You can't have Ghostbusters without ‘We came, we saw, we kicked its ass.' It's the strange nuances. For example, Venkman goes to meet [Sigourney Weaver's] Dana at Lincoln Center and she's talking to a man. As he walks away, Venkman goes, ‘I'm sorry you and I didn't get more of a chance to chat!' He expresses vulnerability and ego in a way that is kind of impossible to write."
Here is a list of who he cast for each role at the event and his thoughts on each:
Seth Rogen as Peter Venkman: "It's the most crucial and tricky piece of casting. I knew we needed an actor whose rhythms were equally unique to Bill Murray's and had that kind of a swagger."
Jack Black as Ray Stantz: "When you think about Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz, you think about this positive enthusiasm and energy. No one has that like Jack Black."
Rainn Wilson as Egon Spengler: "As originated by Harold Ramis, this part needs someone with an earnest, scientific mind and clear-cut decisive humor."
Winston Zeddmore will be played by Phil LaMarr (Marvin in Pulp Fiction), Dana Barrett will be played by Kristen Bell and Kevin Pollak will play the mayor of New York City and Walter Peck. Reitman added: "Larry King and Casey Kasem both lent their voices to the original film, and Kevin does great impressions of both of them."
The rest of the cast will include Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as Janine Melnitz, Paul Rust (Inglorious Basterds, I Love You Beth Cooper) as Louis Tully and Paul Scheer filling various roles such as the young man who takes the psychic test at the beginning of the film, only to be tortured by Venkman.
Reitman has previously held live-reads of The Apartment, The Princess Bride, The Big Lebowski and The Breakfast Club. This is the first time he's hosted one of his father's film.
He said :"It was a part of my life growing up. I just thought it would be fun," the younger Reitman says. "I have one of the original Ghostbuster guns in my house. That is the one thing they want to see, and want to take a photo with. I understand the energy around that film. To me it's similar to The Princess Bride live-read we did last year. People have a relationship with the film that goes beyond normal movies."
The live-reads usually sell out long before a film is even announced, but there is usually a wait-list outside. You can find more information here.