The 1984 Ghostbusters film was a massive hit. It made $23 million in its first week, a studio record at the time. The supernatural comedy film had just about everything going for it. Saturday Night Live stars Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, worked their comedic genius. Signourey Weaver, in the wake of her star turns in Alien, was thrilling as mild mannered Dana Barrett, turned into devil's handmaiden. The theme song "Ghostbusters", by Ray Parker Jr. topped the music charts for weeks. "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" was the catchphrase of the decade. So lasting was its appeal, the iconic 1984 film's 30th Anniversary re-release in 2014 earned nearly $2 million in its first weekend.
The 1984 film cost around $30 million to make and grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. The 2016 reboot? Well, some reports peg its budget at around $150 million. Not surprisingly, the special effects have a certain Walking Dead feel. Fear not though, as slime is still in ample supply. Plus, most of the original main characters make cameo appearances in the film. The Ghostbusters are female this time around; the film stars Saturday Night Live stalwarts Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. With the delicious Chris Hemsworth as their receptionist. Will it live up to the original? The jury is still out, but the film, which comes out on July 15th, 2016, has a promising 93% fan rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here are 12 things you probably didn't know about Ghostbusters, old and new.
12 Dan Aykroyd Originally Wrote The Film With John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and John Candy In Mind
11 Sigourney Weaver's Audition
10 There Were Over 20 Uncredited Extras In The 1984 Film and The 1989 Ghostbusters II
9 When The 1984 Movie Was First Released, A Trailer Provided A 1-800 Number To Call
8 A Lot Of The Scenes In The 1984 Movie Were Improvised
7 Dan Aykroyd Referred To Slimer As The Ghost Of John Belushi
6 Despite It Being Not All That Great, Ghostbusters II Was A Big Hit In 1989
5 Dan Aykroyd Believes in Ghosts?
4 Bad Vibes in 2016? The Remake Nobody Wanted?
3 Sony Has Big Plans For A Ghostbusters Franchise Cinematic Universe
2 Rick Moranis & Emma Stone Turned Down Roles In The 2016 Movie
1 The 2016 Official Trailer Got Over 33 Million Views On YouTube
That's the good news. The bad? With nearly 1 million dislikes, it was one of the most disliked trailers on YouTube as of May, 2016. One thing is for certain: The special effects are fabulous. Hundreds of special and visual effects technicians worked on the film. And with stars such as Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, it's packed with some of the funniest people around. It's a bit of a mystery what roles the likes of Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray are playing, but it's been confirmed that it won't be the characters from the 1984 film. It's out on July 15th.
Sources: theguardian.com, imdb.com, buzzfeed.com, hollywoodreporter.com
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