On the occasion of the release of “Ghostbusters: The Legacy” we wanted to come back to this emblematic saga. Between the films of Ivan Reitman, the animated series, and the reboot of Paul Feig, there are things to say.
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 : the Ivan Reitman era
Small return to the past until 1984, release date from Ghostbusters. Directed by Ivan Reitman, the project was first born from Dan Aykroyd, who wrote the very first version of the script. A first draft very far from the final version of the film. A plot that took its characters into space, which opted for a total absence of a female character, and whose humor was very different from what the spectators know.
It’s the arrival of Harold Ramis that changes everything. The latter, very famous as a screenwriter, director but also recently as an actor, is advised by Ivan Reitman. He modifies the scenario with the help of Dan Aykroyd, to arrive at the final version that we know. In front of the camera, Dan Aykroyd wanted John Belushi (his friend and colleague with whom he notably made The Blues Brothers) and Eddie Murphy. Unfortunately, the first died at only 33 and the second was far too expensive for production. Ivan Reitman then decides to replace them with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson.
The team, finally complete, made up of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis, and joined shortly after by Sigourney Weaver, the shooting could begin. Despite a deadline very tight, Ivan Reitman manages to complete his work on time. Ghostbusters is then very well received by critics. The movie is two-time Oscar nominee and bring back more than $ 296 million in revenue for a budget of $ 30 million.
Faced with this success, Columbia decides to produce a sequel. In 1989, the whole team returned to stage a sequel. Soberly titled Ghostbusters 2, the film is once again a success, and brings in more than $ 215 million in revenue. For a while, there was even talk of making a third film. Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd indeed wrote the beginning of a screenplay in 2008. A story in which the original team, on the verge of retirement, trains new recruits. The project, titled Hellbent, has unfortunately been canceled in favor of a video game.
Paul Feig’s version
Then there was a third Ghostbusters. In 2016, Paul Feig stages a brand new version of Ghostbusters. The filmmaker, renowned for his popular comedies like My best friends, decides to change the formula Ghostbusters. Produced by Sony, the feature film chosen to make a clean sweep of the past to cast a brand new team, 100% female. The filmmaker therefore surrounds himself with a cast made up of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
If the original team members make a short cameo, the film receives mostly negative reviews. Whether it is the press or spectators. Considered the worst opus of the franchise, the feature film still brings in more than $ 229 million at the box office (for a budget of 144 million). Which is not enough for Sony to launch a new saga.
Ghostbusters : inheritance and derivatives
Jason Reitman has therefore succeeded his father to stage a new opus in the saga Ghostbusters. Entitled Ghostbusters: The Legacy, the work, which is the continuation of the first two films, clearly plays on the nostalgic fiber. The filmmaker does not hesitate to bring back the original cast for a short sequence and takes the opportunity to introduce new characters embodied by Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace or even Paul Rudd. The feature film has already grossed more than $ 229 million in revenue in just a few days of operation.
Corn Ghostbusters: The Legacy is not the only work that resulted from the success of the first two opus released in the 1980s. Indeed, the myth Ghostbusters has been derivative in many forms. Ghostbusters have also appeared in two animated TV series, Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters, released in 1986 and 1997 respectively, in some comics, in many video games (including the last Ghostbuster: Afterlife ScARe), or in some board games. The Ghostbusters are therefore everywhere, terribly anchored in pop culture, and this for almost forty years now.