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What Do You Get When A Remake Isn't A Remake...But A Sequel?? MEATBALLS!!

Merrick here...
Moviehole has an interview with director John Whitesell, who was developing a new MEATBALLS film before the writer's strike. We've hard of this project's existence for a while now, but it was generally understood to be a remake. Apparently, this may not be the case. Seems the plan, at least in the scripting stage, is to meet up with Bill Murray's Tripper Harrison character (from Ivan Reitman's 1979 original) in present day...
“Bill Murray’s character now owns the camp. He’s not like he used to be – he’s changed; he doesn’t let kids do what they used to be able to do because he fears those things are ‘too dangerous’”
...says the interview, which you can find HERE. Wonder if this project will discount the series continuity established by MEATBALLS 2, 3, and 4? Because, you know, their continuity was so well-honed and carefully structured. Actually, I've repressed all but the first film. WAS their any continuity? I think they were more or less unrelated/stand alone projects. I have a really, really tough time imagining them getting Murray back for another MEATBALLS. Of course, a few days ago I would've said the same thing about his coming back for more GHOSTBUSTERS. MEATBALLS has been stalled by the strike, but it'll be interesting to see what happens when work resumes. Between this and GHOSTBUSTERS, is it vaguely feasible that Murray will be returning to his roots in the future?

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  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by micturatingbenjamin

    Yeah boyee!

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    and the bullshit continues...

    by jimmy rabbitte

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    sound shitty

    by pikagreg

    but i'm still bitter about the ghostbusters thing

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by Aquatarkusman

    Whitesell sounds like the world's biggest fucking retard. Back to the Jiffy Lube with you, assbasket!

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Murray owns the camp?

    by blackhole4140

    If they actually get Murray back, I will suck the balls of everyone that posts on this talkback. Sorry, ladies.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I'd like to thank my obsessive compulsive disorder...

    by micturatingbenjamin

    My agent, of course...Skora the gentle shark....Tennessee Ernie Ford...Rum...Uh, what was this about? Oh yeah, Meatballs Part...Oh god, is this going to ignore the alien...the ghost of the porn star, etc? Because that shit was 'too dangerous'. Are you ready for the Summer? Are you ready for the Sunshine? You wascally wabbit. And that kid went on to get his ass handed to him for like an hour and a half by that dude from Something About Mary until Jane from Serenity teaches him how to be a badass. Wow. Can't wait for the pussified Tripper.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST

    reminds me how i just watched "american pie:band camp"

    by pikagreg


  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST

    The tainted Meatballs brand name

    by Josh Acid

    One of the things I like about the original Meatballs is that it's not about being totally crazy with the off-the-wall antics...It's very realistic to what summer camp was really like (if you had someone as funnay as Bill Murray as a counselor). The second one has a damn *alien from outer space* in it. Can a series ever really recover from something like that?

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    By "his roots", do you mean SNL? Or comedy?

    by Zardoz

    'cause I'm pretty tired of Bill Murray "dramatic actor"...

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by TheDohDoh

    Meatballs is seriously overrated. I recommended it to a couple of wiseass 13 year olds when it came out on DVD recently. When I saw them next they said the movie blew ass and wasn't funny. I rewatched it and have to agree: it's way tamer than I remember, except for the part where Bill nearly rapes a co-counselor. The one with the alien and tits brings far more memories. I can definitely see Murray returning for this, it's unexpected and he'd have some fun. It's about time Bill played the Brian Doyle role for a change, eh?

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Try to jump really high.....

    by VicSage

    As much as I loved the first movie I don't see them pulling this off. Even if Murray's character reverts to his old self to save the day, still sounds lame. I hope I'm wrong. Maybe this is the year that Fink beats the stomach.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    If Bill did Garfield, he'll do this.

    by Shermdawg

    Which is sad. Honestly, if I was him I'd pass and they just turned this into a remake starring Sandler.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST

    The alien... Meathead... or MeTed...

    by Rando Calrisian

    That was very funny, but the original MEatballs was really the funnier movie. Would love to see what Bill Murray would do in this updated universe of PC crap, realizing how lame camp would have become. Get Apatow involved!

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    "We've hard of this project's existence..."

    by Dwarves

    Someone must be thinking of the meatballs movies with lost of tail in it. Nice Freudian slip!

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    lots of tail...not lost of tail...crap man

    by Dwarves

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I remember the first one mainly for Murray

    by Bloo

    the 2nd one was the ailen right, I remember that one, my memory of seeing it is at a church lockin thing but I may be remmebering something else, and the 4th one was the one with the ghost of the porn star with the mom from Who's the Boss that went on to I rmeembering this right? What was the 3rd one about<P>also something sad, I used to get Porkeys and Meatballs and Caddyshack mixed up

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    If I were Murray..

    by Toby Wan

    I would do it ONLY to see blackhole4140 suck the talkbackers balls. He ought to do it for scale, just to see that alone.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    also a thought

    by Bloo

    with all these Murray projects, have any of the Murray brothers been in a project togather except the Comedy Central golf thing, I know Brian Doyle was in Ground Hog Day but what about the fat one that was in Dharma and Greg and Still Standing?

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Count me in for blackhole's ballsucking bet

    by gruntybear

    I'm down for some tongue-to-nut action. C'mon, Murray! No whammies! No whammies!

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    What About Bob 2: Bob Harder

    by Heckles

    That is all.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Can we merge this with Daddy Day Camp?

    by epitone

    That would be SO awesome! I wonder if Fred Savage is available to direct.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    21st century update!!! BallsMeat!!!

    by picardsucks

    Starring alot of very femmy CW actors and Shia as the camp counciler. Hijinx ensue when the local bar near the camp holds a ladies night free beer special event with a reunited Kansas headlining the event. The cheeky boys from camp dress up as women to get free beer and hear the reunited Kansas, while one of the boys and asspiring hip hop artist played by Nick Cannon has high hopes of passing his demo tape ( A hip hop version of Dust in the Wind) to the band's manager. Little do the boys know that the event is actually the states biggest annual Tranny Bash!!! And it's up to Shia to save the boys from becoming the butch tranny's personal playthings. In the climax of the film Nick Cannon's character has to sleep with the band's drummer in order to pass the demo tape which becomes an international hit and spurs a new wave of turning classic rock ballands into Hip Hop.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by TheDohDoh

    Wasn't Corey in the last one? You know, I actually want to see that guy on the big screen again. After watching the 2 Coreys, he seems half-way normal again and the guy hasn't aged a drop. When he was on Howard Stern it was depressing, but I'm looking forward to Lost Boys 2 and hope it gets a theatrical release.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    I'm cool with Murray doin it..

    by Toby Wan

    Just please, for the love of all things holy, no Christopher Makepeace! I didn't understand his appeal in the 70's and looking back now, I REALLY don't understand it. He was such a brillo head looking troll doll. He couldn't act, and looks lost a lot of the time when he is on screen with Murray. Glad he hasn't done a Travolta and made a comeback. Surreal Life or otherwise.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Bill, please forget this and make SPACE JAM 2 instead

    by SpyGuy

    Honestly, that was the last movie of yours that made me laugh. I did dig you in ED WOOD, though.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    It Just Doesn't MATTER...

    by idahomer

    unless they get back Dustin Hoffman's little brother, Todd, to reprise his role as "Wheels."<p>

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by chrth


  • Nov. 15, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST

    They need to make a WRAITH 2

    by chrth

    Ron Howard's brother is still available.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Meatballs is a classic

    by veritasses

    Must've seen it a dozen times if not more. What made it so great though were the characters and the story/relationship between Murray and Makepeace. Most of the camp movies since have been about crafting a movie around a series of silly, stupid "comedy bits" and having shallow characters carry them out. If they're only using the Meatballs name to promote a generic summer camp movie, then I really wish they wouldn't.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:13 p.m. CST


    by riddleman1674

    ...and after the first one, I'm ashamed to say I actually sat through the second one with that unfunny ridiculous and completely unnessassary alien, and to think there were TWO MORE sequels, and now this? For fuck's sake, who the fuck sits there and thinks sinking millions of dollars into making a sequel to a long dead mediocre camp comedy franchise is going to benefit anyone, filmmakers and viewers alike? I guess this just goes to show, the more money you accumulate in your lifetime, the more your fucking brain matter rots away. Boredom can be the only answer. "We have lots of cash, What can we do?...hmmm...tick tock tock tick....I KNOW, let's make a movie!" "And even better, let's make a SEQUEL!" Yeah you bored rich fuckheads, waste your fuckin money and waste vital space in the discount bargain basket at Blockbuster Video for this pointless schlock. You'd be better off whiping your asses with hundreds when it's time to go # 2....."*whew*...I'm tired.......

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    "he fears those things are too dangerous" What a pussy!

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST

    shuttlepod_10 kinda?

    by riddleman1674

    YES it did! So now take kinda suck and mulitply it by really suck (#2), suck so bad, i didn't even know about this one (#3), and suck enough to have to hire Corey Feldman of people to make it suck more (#4),..and now this fuckin shit. Unreal...

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST

    MEATBALLS 5: Morty's Revenge

    by TimBenzedrine

    If Murray's in this, I will be at the premiere, and I'll be taking Blackhole up on his offer.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember a porno named Meatballs?

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    This is one of the first porns I saw when I nicked it from my dad's drawer. 70s-80s style bushies and complete cheese. I wonder if its still in my folks' house.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I was actually a camp counselor

    by pikagreg

    at the camp where they filmed "Wet Hot American Summer", that movie with paul rudd

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    I think this could be really good...

    by Chriss

    ... Murrays low-key demeanor in "Lost in Translation" brought as a an aged, more jaded camp owner who has gotten beaten down in life by overprotective parents and law suits, whose lost a little bit of himself... Provided this is well written it could be a really good summer film that would appeal to a pretty broad audience.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Meatballs was 1979

    by Chriss

    So it'll be 29-30 years later. Anyhow the original had heart as well as being funny. I suspect I could watch it again today (remember what I do of it) and still enjoy it because it had a good story to tell. You faggots bitch slapping this move before there is even a script are a bunch of.. well faggots. As I said, if written well, and not just corny child shit and a bunch of fart jokes, this could be a fantastic follow-on to the original.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    What's next, Bill? Caddyshack?

    by Cheif Brody

    Where Carl, the lowly, varmint-hatin greenskeeper ends up owning Bushwood Country Club (from the sales from his thriving hybrid weed sales) and re-teams with Ty Webb to take on some young, smug uppity golfers for $50k? Featuring Carmen Electra, Shia Lebeof and Snoop Dogg?

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    "Spaz! Spaz! Spaz! Spaz! Spaz! Spaz!"

    by Somerichs

    We used to torment some neighborhood kid with that chant...good times!

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    And what about the "My Bodyguard" remake?

    by Somerichs

    Since we're on the subject of movies starring Christopher Makepeace (were there even any others besides meatballs and bodyguard), how long do y'all suppose it'll be before we hear about the inevitable "My Bodyguard" remake?

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    "When the hand goes up . . .

    by CreasyBear

    the mouths go shut."

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    as long as meathead is back....

    by slappy jones

    they have my ten bucks. no meat head. no dice.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by Iago31

    Did Whitesell actually say that "Malibu's Most Wanted" is the film he's made that he's most proud of? Well, that's lowering expectations!

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    The only thing I remember about the sequels

    by jae683

    was a very young Kim Richards. (sigh)

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by 5 by 5

    aannnnndddd... *yawn*

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Why don't they just re-issue it with updated CGI?

    by INWOsuxRED

    It worked for Star Wars.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 8:27 p.m. CST

    So another Ghostbusters is beneath Bill.....

    by I Dunno

    That aint right.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Murray has been doing some great work without...

    by rbatty024

    having to retread his old material. I love the original idea behind Ghostbusters 3 about fifteen years ago, but Meatballs I couldn't care less about. Murrays one of the few comedic actors who can actually cross over into drama, and realizes that the differences between the two are a matter of degrees (take note Jim Carey and Robin Williams).

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Yeah but he always plays the same sad sack

    by I Dunno

    When he does drama.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I remember spanking it

    by Loosejerk

    to something in Meatballs 2...was it Kim Richards? Was it Meathead? Was it Laroquette redoing his Stripes schtick?

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    I doubt Bill Murray would do this

    by canopus

    But maybe they can get his brother, no, not Brian, John Murray. That's what they did when they couldn't get Bill for Moving Violations, they just went down the family tree and found the least talented Murray.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST

    sucking talkbacker balls

    by blackhole4140

    You know, I made the offer to suck all the talkbackers balls before I went to work. I expected to come home and find this the top rated talk back based soley on my unmatched ball sucking ability. IF Murray does come back, you guys are really missing out.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    wasn't there a Meatballs 2 already???

    by redfist

    Did I see this on HBO as a kid? Why is Bill Murray slumming, no more arty serious films in the inbox?

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 7:21 a.m. CST

    It Just Doesn't Matter!

    by silentjay

    Great speech.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Somerichs you are an idiot

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Yeah, let's go torment some poor kid. Then we he can't take it anymore and cracks you wonder why Columbine happens.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Lighten up, Francis, I mean Grammaton...

    by Somerichs

    Tthis was in, like, 1980. Columbine-style shit never occurred to anyone back then...

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    watch them cock this up

    by mrbong

    by putting the unfunny, talent free jack black in it.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    So, is Bill Murray gonna be doing STRIPES 2 next?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    And what about CADDYSHACK 3? He gonna come back for that one, too?

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