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‘Ghostbusters’ Is Returning to Theaters, and the Brand Needs Our Help!

Bust out the handmade proton packs and start scouring the web for Ecto-Cooler recipes, because everyone’s favorite team of professional paranormal investigators and eliminators is back – sort of.

For the first time since 1984, the original Ghostbusters film will be returning to movie screens.

Ghostbusters Rerelease Promotional PosterAs reported on the official Ghostbusters Facebook page, the Sci-Fi/Comedy classic will be hitting theaters this month, though not necessarily in wide-release. Sources say the film will only be shown in about 500 theaters across the country, and only on October 13th, 20th, and 27th (the second, third, and fourth Thursday of the month).

So, basically, get your tickets ASAP!

Given that it’s been over a quarter of a century since the boys in gray entered the pantheon of pop culture icons, and it’s probably safe to say that no one could have expected their return to theaters near the end of 2011. But it’s happening, and it’s easily the most exciting bit of news to hit the web in several years!

Even more exciting are the implications that this rerelease holds for Ghostbusters as a brand name.

The trusty cinephiles over at Ain’t It Cool News have gone as far as to speculate that this “could very well be the studio’s way of gauging interest in the franchise as they decide what to do about Ghostbusters 3.”

You know what? They may be right.

Ghostbusters (Image2)Think about it. The third Ghostbusters film has been a subject of speculation for some time now. Cast and crew members of the original film and its sequel – most notably, Dan Aykroyd – have been trying since the 90s to get Ghostbusters 3 off the ground, but for one reason or another, the project has remained in limbo. Even Bill Murray himself (arguably the biggest star of the original two films) has been vocally ambivalent about reprising his role, but that hasn’t stopped Aykroyd and others from trying their damnedest to finally put the threequel in front of cameras. Aykroyd has even suggested that GB3 will be made even without Murray’s involvement.

Progress was bound to be made eventually.

With the announcement of the original film returning to theaters, it looks like the studio may finally be warming up to the notion of a third installment to the franchise after all.

Ghostbusters (Image3)Rereleases are normally just a quick way for a distributor to make a buck, but in this particular case, it’s fairly obvious that the box office returns won’t exactly be earthshattering. Apart from the informal announcement on the Ghostbusters Facebook page (and the resulting wave of responses across the web), there hasn’t been much in the way of marketing for the rerelease, meaning the studio can’t possibly be expecting to make much money on this move.

So, what do they expect?

To renew the public interest in the Ghostbusters brand, of course. If fans come in droves to see the original this month in theaters, and if ticket sales exceed the studio’s expectations, then we may very well see the much-anticipated GB3 in theaters before we know it.

Bottom line – see this movie! Support it with your heart, your soul, and yes, your wallet!

Let’s face it: Ghostbusters 3 needs to happen, now more than ever! Science-Fiction and Fantasy filmmaking has been on the comeback trail, and the genres are practically peaking in popularity as we speak. But that could all change in years to come. If GB3 doesn’t happen soon, while audiences are still eager for it, then it may not happen at all.

We can’t afford to take that chance!

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Check your local listings and see to it that your butts are in those theater seats come October 13th (or 20th, or 27th). If the nearest showing is 200 miles away, then it’s time to dip into your personal savings for some gas money. After all, that’s what savings are for – emergencies!

The Ghostbusters are coming back to theaters and they need us to be there. We can’t let them down!

Are you excited about seeing the original ‘Ghostbusters’ in theaters? Are you even more excited about the prospect of ‘Ghostbusters 3’? Your answer is understandably “yes,” but feel free to elaborate in the comments below!

Images obtained from the Official Ghostbusters Facebook page.
Main Image by: Thoth, God of Knowledge


Joseph Giorgi

Joseph is the head of the Media Team at Quality Logo Products. He's a video specialist, blogger, perfectionist, and all-around likeable guy. When he's not busy focusing on the nitty-gritty details of his written and visual work, he's normally listening to bad 80s music and scouring the internet for useless information on useless subjects. You can also connect with Joe on Google+.

Comments

  1. Peemo

    The only thing I’m not looking forward to regarding a Ghostbusters 3 is the potential remake of the theme song by The Black Eyed Peas.

    Other than that, hell yeah!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Seriously?! The Black Eyed Peas?! Is that a legitimate possibility?! I hadn’t heard that rumor until just now, but already I’m upset about it. There are SO many better candidates to cover that theme song!

      To be honest, if they end up with a mediocre cover to the theme, then the result on the film could be disastrous. I guess we’ll see.

      • Peemo

        The idea is purely my own speculation. No reason to fret.

        YET!

        • Jill Tooley

          You really scared me for a second there, Paul. I just breathed the biggest sigh of relief I’ve ever breathed! That would completely ruin the movie for me…

  2. Mandy Kilinskis

    I just saw Ghostbusters for the first time last summer. However, it was on a tiny TV with a terrible picture. So I think I’ll have to get out and see it when it’s in theaters. I hope the release does well. I’m with you, we need to keep fostering the sci-fi and fantasy genre!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Yes indeed! I’ve always been partial to Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror, and that’s probably never going to change. I think it’s great that these genres have seen such a revival over the past decade or so, and I sincerely hope the trend continues throughout the, umm, “10s.” :D

  3. Cybernetic SAM

    It is only going to be cool if Bill is in it, no Murray then no way!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      There’s a lot to say on that matter, but for the most part, you’re probably right. It just wouldn’t be the same without him.

      • Jana Quinn

        Sam is 100% unequivocally, certainly right. There’s no wiggle room there.

        No Murray = No Way

  4. Juliette

    I really REALLY hope there’s a showing in Nashville. And if so, I’ll be there will proton pack on. :) There’s no way I’d miss that!

    There are quite a few Ghostbuster fans out there so I’m hoping they do show their numbers at theaters. I’ve been hoping for a Ghostbusters 3 for so long…

    Now I just have to stalk the theater websites until I find out where they’ll be showing this one. :) Thanks for the heads up!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      No problem, Juliette! I don’t know about Nashville, but the local listings here don’t mention any “GB” showings, so it looks like I may have to get some extra gas money together and head to Chicago to catch it.

      But yes, I really hope that the fans show their support with a huge turnout. We need to send the message to Columbia Pictures loud and clear:

      “GB3 NEEDS TO HAPPEN!”

  5. Eric

    Man, I loved the Ghostbusters growing up. I remember my favorite Halloween costume, complete with the full jumpsuit and the proton pack.

    Love Bill Murray, but wish he’d finally get some sense smacked into himself and start doing comedies again. After all, it’s what made him and his career. Which reminds me, it’s almost that time of year, again, to pop “Scrooged” into the DVD player.

    Great post, Joe!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      I love Scrooged! Easily one of my favorite Christmas movies!

      And I agree — Bill Murray needs to come back to comedy already. Just look at how well-received his cameo appearance in Zombieland was. The fans obviously want him in those types of roles. Why wouldn’t he want to do what he does best? He ought to know by now that we want the old Bill back.

  6. Jen

    I can’t decide if I will see it in a theater or not…I hardly ever see first run movies in the theaters, let alone a movie I’ve already seen.

    I will only approve of GB3, if all the original cast is apart of it. Especially Slimer (everyone knows he was the main character).

    Nice post Joe!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      “I will only approve of GB3, if all the original cast is a part of it.”

      Based on what I’ve read, it seems like the studio pretty much feels the same way. Let’s just hope they can make it happen.

  7. Rachel

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any of the Ghostbusters movies; maybe I’ll have to check this out in theaters if there’s a showing nearby. It does seem strange that they’re doing such a limited run of theaters and only for 3 days. I guess it’s mostly for buzz, as you suggest. Still, that sucks for people not near a major city, where most limited screenings take place. Is there any news yet as to which theaters will be showing the movie?

    A great post as usual, Joe!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Thanks, Rachel! Yeah, it’s very uncharacteristic for such a high profile movie to only run for three (specific) days. I just hope the fans turn out.

      No word yet on showings, though I still need to do some checking. It doesn’t look like it’s playing at my local theaters, so I’ll check the Chicago listings next. (Fingers crossed).

  8. amy

    A very interesting post Joe. I had no idea they were going to do this either, but I’d love to see it again! I’ve seen bits and pieces of the movie over the years, but like Mandy, it’s only been on TV screens.

    I think watching it for the “special effects” is enough to get anyone excited. It’s crazy how far we’ve come in 25 years, wow! Thanks for the head’s up!!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Haha. Yeah, those effects were made well before the era of CGI as we know it, and it’s definitely starting to show. But it’s the ingenuity that counts when it comes to Ghostbusters. The effects may be a bit dated, but they’re still quite ingenious, all things considered. :)

  9. Jill Tooley

    Great post, Joe!

    I DESPERATELY want a Ghostbusters 3 movie! Dan Aykroyd has said that they’d like to pass the proton packs on to a new generation, which is exciting, but my only wish is that they get good actors involved and not simply try to cash in on the “stars of the moment.” My vote is for Bill Hader! I’d love to see him donning GB gear. :D

    Let me know if the original is playing anywhere near Chicago, because I would totally try to snag tickets!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      The casting of the new generation of Ghostbusters will probably make or break the third movie. I wish it wasn’t that simple, but that’s probably what it’ll come down to. They’re going to need just the right mix of comedic and dramatic actors, and those actors need to have amazing chemistry on screen. SNL is probably a great place to start casting! Then again, it would only be fitting. :D

  10. Amanda

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a Ghostbuster movie all the way through. I’d be up for watching it sometime, but I wouldn’t pay to see it in theaters….sorry Joe! It’s nice to see the movie generating some buzz, I hope it does well. I’ve actually never been to the theaters to see an older film played again (Wait, I take that back–I did tag along to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show in ’06, but i had no idea what I was in for, and I would never watch it again, lol). I wish a movie that I loved would come out to the big screen again! I’d pay to see that for sure! (I’m thinking Titanic, Clueless, Liar Liar, etc.) But I hope GB3 makes it out though, for all of the fans we seem to have here!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      The fact that you would pay money to see Liar Liar in theaters but not Ghostbusters boggles me.

      • Amanda

        Boggles you!? What!? How!? Liar Liar has always been one of my all time faves, it’s so funny! =) And I’ve never seen Ghost Busters, ever….so if I’m missing something, I wouldn’t know…..

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Get ready to be excited, Amanda…

      Titanic is being converted to 3D and will be rereleased to theaters on April 6, 2012, which is close to the 100th anniversary of the original ship leaving port for America. Here’s the scoop:

      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/titanic-3d-gets-release-date-189971

      Of course, it’ll also be the 100th anniversary of the ship sinking. So, it’s kind of an exploitative move on the studio’s part, but regardless, I’ll definitely see it again in theaters! :)

      • Amanda

        We will be waiting in line for Titanic 3D that night! This is one of our all time favorite movies–and I would pay $20 a ticket to see it!!!! =) Thanks for the scoop! I can’t wait!

        • Joseph Giorgi

          No problem! To be honest, I’ll probably be in that same line. People can say what they want about Titanic, but there’s no denying that it’s basically the Gone with the Wind of our generation! And 3D?! Can you imagine almost feeling like you’re on that ship when it cracks in half?! That’s gonna be unforgettable! :)

    • Jana Quinn

      Is there any way to retroactively call DCFS on Amanda’s parents for the horrific gaps in her cinematic education?

  11. Stantz

    Wooooooooooooooo!

    Let’s go to ALL three showings of Ghostbusters this month. Where the hell are the showtimes, Sony!? :D

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