In 2014, when Paul Feig was announced as the director for an upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, the Internet exploded. The original film, released in 1984, was a favorite for many geeks and nerds now in their thirties. Many fans questioned why a reboot was even necessary, calling the original a classic that should remain untouched. With the new film anticipated to gross between $45-$60 million, let’s look at what we can expect.
10. Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II
Released in 1984, the original Ghostbusters movie was originally conceived by Dan Aykroyd as a vehicle for himself and his friend and Saturday Night Live co-star John Belushi. Belushi died of a drug overdose while Aykroyd was still working on the script, which was originally much more high fantasy than the eventual film. Ivan Reitman, director, brought on Harold Ramis to help rewrite the script.
Belushi was originally intended for the Venkman part which Bill Murray eventually played. Aykroyd hoped to bring on John Candy and Eddie Murphy, but both men were committed to other projects. Ernie Hudson eventually rounded out the four-man Ghostbuster team. The cast also included Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. The film grossed more domestically than the second Indiana Jones film, also released that year.
The success of the movie spawned cartoons, action figures, novelizations, a theme park, and other Ghostbusters themed merchandise. Columbia Pictures pressed the Aykroyd, Ramis, and Reitman for a sequel, and although they originally resisted, Ghostbusters II was eventually released in 1989. Cartoon sequels, considered non-canon to the films, included The Real Ghostbusters, and Extreme Ghostbusters.
The film tapped into the fascination many Americans have had with the paranormal for many years, grounding ghosts and demons in science and giving modern tools to fight them. Shows like Unsolved Mystery and Ghost Hunters attracted many fans. Despite fans who believe Aykroyd never wanted a third movie, he was in talks for many years to create a new installment.