Ray Parker Jr. ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but he may be afraid of the inexorable march of time. (Aren’t we all?) Among the many aspects of the upcoming “Ghostbusters” reboot that fans have taken objection to is Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott’s new rendition of Parker Jr.’s famous theme song, which he diplomatically calls “interesting” in a new interview with Inside Edition.
“I’m not gonna say whether it’s good or bad,” he clarifies, again choosing his words carefully. “I’m just gonna say maybe I’m an old guy now and I like it the old way.” Parker Jr. won a Grammy for his work on “Ghostbusters” and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, eventually losing to Stevie Wonder for “I Just Called to Say I Love You.”
He also reveals that his original composition was only meant to be 20-25 seconds long, which he may wish were true of the update: “I wish they had called me to maybe work with some of the younger guys and help them get a direction.”