“Don’t cross the streams” can mean something entirely different than it in 1984, right? Sony Pictures is dialing up the wayback machine for a 30th anniversary (!!) reissue of Ghostbusters, the ectoplasmic effects-a-ganza that drew bigger crowds than even Indiana Jones that summer. While we wait for Ghostbusters 3, a 4K restoration of the horror comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis will re-haunt theaters for one week only starting August 29. Gather up Gozer and Zool, unwrap a 35-foot Twinkie, put on your legwarmers and re-live the mid-Reagan era with this flashback trailer. Just don’t come crying to us if “Who ya gonna call?” — or maybe even “I Want a New Drug” — gets Superglued to your gray matter. You’ve been warned:
Has the success of Disney’s The Lion King 3D at the box office this past weekend conjured the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Sony said today it will re-release its comedy classic Ghostbusters in a special limited engagement beginning Oct. 13 that will see the film have one showtime one night a week — every Thursday during October — in the U.S. and Canada and select international markets. The studio plans about 500 theaters for the new run of the 1984 film, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver and has been redone in 2K digital and 5.1 surround sound.
The announcement comes on the heels of Lion King 3D grossing more than $30 million domestically last weekend, the fourth-highest September release ever — 17 years after the original film premiered. Disney released the film in 2,300 locations. Moves like Sony’s with Ghostbusters could signal that the industry is taking a similar closer look at its libraries to see whether there’s any extra value to a rerelease. A secondary reason for a Ghostbusters revival: The studio has long wanted to restart the franchise and Ghostbusters 3 has been in developmental limbo for years, held up in large part by the studio’s inability to get leading man Murray to commit, or even read a script. A warm reception at the multiplex could reinvigorate that process, though recently Aykroyd … Read More »
Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters 3 has been in developmental limbo for years, held up in large part by the studio’s inability to get leading man Bill Murray to commit, or for that matter even read a script. Today, franchise co-star Dan Aykroyd said the film will shoot next year, even if Murray’s not in. “That is our hope. We have an excellent script,” he said on radio’s The Dennis Miller Show. ”What we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributed to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold (Ramis), myself and Sigourney (Weaver). The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood.” Somebody better tell the execs at Sony, where it’s still no Murray, movie. And for that matter, Murray.