WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 – Sony Pictures has announced it will screen a 30th Anniversary re-release of the classic 1980s supernatural comedy hit “Ghostbusters” in the U.S. over the Labor Day holidays. Canadian and international re-releases will occur as well but on different dates.
The 1984 surprise hit classic, which starred Saturday Night original alums Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, as well as Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, the late Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis, has been fully restored and re-mastered and will be available in a new Blu-Ray DVD edition. Its sequel, “Ghostbusters 2,” which was generally regarded as less successful, will also get the restoration treatment and will be re-issued on Blu-Ray later in the year.
An on-again-off-again “Ghostbusters” sequel was in the late planning stages at the time of Ramis’ recent, untimely death at the age of 69 due to a relatively rare condition known as autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.
Ramis was scheduled to appear in a small role in “Ghostbusters 3” along with other members of the original cast, with the script allegedly handing off the oldsters’ ghostbusting chores to a new generation of wacky paranormal researchers. But the comic writer-actor’s death threw plans back off track after several earlier false starts.
Recent word is that “Ghostbusters 3” has gotten back on track with another rewrite in the works. The rumored new version may start filming in 2015 or 2016 according to several sources. Fingers crossed.
Here’s Sony’s HD trailer for its upcoming re-release of this comedy hit: