Ghostbusters 3: Waking the Dead (Franchise)

The good folks over at Newsarama found a link from The Hollywood Reporter that says Sony Pictures will be “rebooting” the Ghostbusters franchise with a new movie in the near future. Yes, you heard right. A new Ghostbusters movie with none of the original creative team behind it. The article states that Ivan Reitman and the four original cast members (including writers Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis) are “aware” of the project, but would only potentially have limited involvement (something like Murray’s cameo in Get Smart, probably.) At best, this means that the franchise will go the way of Transformers (make lots of money at the box office and in merchandise, but basically miss the point of what made the original so great.) At worst, this will be an absolute travesty and may serve as the only thing that could ruin the popularity of Ghostbusters (which is STILL one of the most popular brands of all time!) But hey, what am I worrying about? Even Extreme Ghostbusters (a once-great idea that was turned into a horrible product by test-marketing, I’m willing to bet) had its charms, all comparisons to the Burger King Kids’ Club aside.

But fear not, former Junior Ghostbusters! The real sequel is being released this year as Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Its story is adapted from the greenlit-but-never-produced Ghostbusters 3 script by Aykroyd and Ramis, and nearly all the original cast is returning to do voice work! Hooray! It will be made available on pretty much every platform in existence ( PC, Xbox 360, Sony PS3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, possibly mobile phones) so chances are you won’t have to shell out a bunch of money for a new game system just to play it. If that trailer doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies, I feel sorry for your bitter and jaded soul.

P.S.: Tokyopop is also releasing a new Ghostbusters manga, and IDW is publishing a four-issue comic mini-series. The interesting thing about the manga is that while Tokyopop was able to secure the license for the property and characters, they were not able to license the likenesses of the original actors or the cartoon characters. Check out the link to see the new designs that they came up with.

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One Response

  1. looking forward to a new installment of Ghostbusters

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