It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since we first saw Slimer or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man get nailed by Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re going to get your chance. According to The Verge on June 5, “Ghostbusters” will be re-released to 700 theaters across the country on Aug. 29 for a 30th anniversary showing.
Sony Pictures is planning for a big “Ghostbusters” summer. Along with the 30th anniversary of the original film, it will release a 25th anniversary edition of “Ghostbusters II.” Both movies will be released on Blu-ray Sept. 16. The films will be re-mastered and contain new commentary by Dan Aykroyd and director Ivan Reitman.
Sadly, writer and star Harold Ramis passed away this year. That has seemingly stopped or at least delayed the proposed third film in the series. In tribute to Harold, director Ivan Reitman has stated that he will not direct a third film if there is one.
Along with the re-release of the movies and Blu-ray editions will come a marketing blitz of special events and collectibles. Sony is going all out for one of their best films.
“’Ghostbusters’ is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution. “I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again.”
“Ghostbusters” was originally released in 1984 and quickly became one of the top grossing movies of its time. It starred Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson. “Ghostbusters II” was released five years later with an almost identical cast. The third film in the series has been under consideration for years but has not yet materialized.
QUOTE SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly