Jerry Zucker

This 'Ghost' carries a tune

This 'Ghost' carries a tune

Bruce Joel Rubin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the 1990 hit movie "Ghost," did not feel a compelling need to revisit the work.

Not long after the film's release — it went on to earn half a billion dollars worldwide — Paramount Pictures asked Rubin to write a sequel to the story of a young man named Sam who, after being murdered during a mugging, hangs around in ectoplasmic form to keep his beloved Molly from danger.

Rubin resisted the studio's overtures.

"I really didn't know where to take it," he says. "Paramount hired other people to do a sequel, which I found somewhat disturbing, but they couldn't crack it,...