June 8, 2019 marked the 35th Anniversary of the first Ghostbusters film and a lot of information was released during the Ghostbusters Fan Fest in Culver City, California.
I will try to summarize a lot of the information into this one article.
First off Sigourney Weaver has confirmed that she, along with Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray will be returning for the Ghostbusters 3 film, during an interview with Parade Magazine.
Another interesting piece of news is announcement by Jason Reitman that they’ve retrieved the old dailies from the 1984 film.
“In making this movie, we found something kind of extraordinary. We went to Sony, and we said, ‘We’d really love to get back into the original dailies from 1984. Do you still have them?’ And we found them. They were in a mine in Kansas, and we shipped the boxes to Burbank. We’ve been going through the footage for reasons I cannot tell you, but along the way we found some really cool stuff.”
Reitman also indicated how important it is to him to make a film that is true to the original. Even putting together a “think tank” of people who created the first movie. “Going into making this film, we wanted to make a love letter to the original movie,” he said.
Yet another interesting tidbit that has come out of the interview with Reitman during Ghostbuster Fan Fest is his desire to return to feel of the 80’s and make the film scary for kids.
““I do [want this to be a scary movie]. That’s one of my favorite things about the original, and one of my favorite things about movies of that time in the ‘80s, that a movie could be really funny and really scary. Particularly for young people, scaring young people. I want to scare children, I think that’s where I’m heading to.”
This is a smart move. In a time where things seem to be more and more sanitized I would love to see a movie like this. I think Stranger Things has proven there is definitely a market for this and with young people as well. My kids absolutely love Stranger Things. They also love the original Ghostbusters. I still remember how I felt when I was a kid, sitting in the theater, and the librarian started to change and scream. That was really memorable to me.
But wait, there’s more!
Ghostbusters fans hold onto your butts because there’s even more to get excited about!
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the original movie, Sony Pictures is launching Ghostbusters 35th, a year-long celebration leading up to the new film in 2020!
Jeffrey Godsick, Executive Vice President of Brand Strategy and Global Partnerships for Sony Pictures explained:
“Ghostbusters has been entertaining and delighting audiences of all ages for the past 35 years, and this milestone provides the perfect opportunity for a celebration of the franchise and the impact it’s had on popular culture, The level of interest from our divisions within Sony Corporation as well as our external partners is a testament to the enduring power of the Ghostbusters brand. Together we’ve curated a year-long event that has something for everyone, from long-time fans to those new to the Ghostbusters universe.”
What can fans look forward to during the Ghostbusters 35th Celebration?
New Products will be coming out like toys, collectibles, apparel, gaming with brands like Playmobil, Footlocker, Funko, K-Swiss, Bixler Jewelry and more.
Why have just one incredible property when you can have two? Transformers and Ghostbusters will cross over as both a toy and a comic series!
The Ecto-1 Ectotron will be a combination Transformer and Ecto-1 figure. This will be available at GameStop for $49.99 this summer (the site says the release date is 7/1/2019)
The other crossover project is the 5 issue comic series called Transformers/Ghostbusters. It will debut this month and is written and illustrated by Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado. It will be published by IDW Comics.
What else can you think of that is very 80’s? How about the Sony Walkman?
Ghostbusters and Sony Walkman are making Limited Edition Ghostbusters 35th anniversary-themed Walkman. How can you get one? Well only 100 units have been created, and they will be used for promotional events and prizing. I will be looking for those contests for sure!
Missed the 1984 film in theaters?
If you did you will now get your chance to see it on the big screen, or like me, see it again on the big screen. Sony Pictures is collaborating with Fathom Events to bring the original Ghostbusters back to select theaters on October 6 and 10, 2019.
Another totally awesome Ghostbusters themed event is the upcoming Ghostbusters in Concert live orchestra tour. This tour will visit over 40 cities worldwide and feature a screening of the 1984 film accompanied by a local symphony performing the score live!
My son’s favorite announcement was that Saber Interactive HD will re-release the Ghostbusters game as Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered! If you have never played this game you need to. It was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and is widely accepted as a sequel to the first two films. It will release later this year and will be available on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC.
And if all that wasn’t enough you can even order your own “Terror Dog”
Spirit Halloween has a “life sized” Terror Dog inspired by Ghostbusters up for pre-order. At $499 this is a pricey static figure, but it’s eyes do glow red! I can see some people wanting to buy one. Personally, I think it’s a bit expensive, but it is cool. If you would like to order one you can do that via this LINK. They will ship on or before 8/21/2019.
So there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year leading up to Ghostbusters 3!
We talk about all of these announcements and Feig’s comments regarding his Ghostbusters film on our Clownfish TV YouTube Channel.
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