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Yes, It's True... Ghostbusters Is Returning To Multiplexes Near You. (Or Is It? -- Yes It Is: UPDATED)

By Rob Payne | Industry | September 23, 2011 |

By Rob Payne | Industry | September 23, 2011 |

UPDATE: Turns out I was wrong. Entertainment Weekly confirmed yesterday with Sony that the original recipe Ghostbusters would indeed be returning to the menus of 500 select theaters this October 13th, a Thursday, and the next two Thursdays (October 20th and 27th) leading up to Halloween 2011. That’s all you get, though. Three Thursday night, single serving screenings in 500 theaters across the United States and Canada (non-North American readers can find out if the movie will be showing near them here). Those selected theaters and screening times are still unknown for now (as the press release merely states to “check your local listings”), but we’ll do our best to keep you abreast of any more updates concerning this diabolical attempt to separate you from your money. Considering that Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star and Creature both premiered a couple of weeks ago in over 1500 theaters, and this is merely 1/3 of that, your chances of seeing Ghostbusters in a multiplex near you are still Slimer-to-none. /rimshot

But, hey, at least it’s really happening and the speculation (my speculation) was brief. Unlike the undying Ghostbusters 3

(Original trade news item can be found below.)

Pretty much since Ghostbusters 2 left bitter ectoplasm in people’s mouths, there has been talk of a Ghostbusters 3. That talk has been heating up for a few years now, and mostly because the Internet never stops. But really, there seems little legitimate hope that a third sequel will ever get made, or be any degree of not-bad if it does. We should be grateful that Ghostbusters 2 isn’t all that bad. Not really. Nevertheless, Ghostbusters is returning to movie theaters in October.

The original Ghostbusters , that is. The one that starred still young Bill Murray, Dan Aykyord, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson and not the only-mostly-dead husks they are now — or, well, what Aykroyd wants them to be for at least two of the four, if the real Ghostbusters 3 starts the Hollywood sanctioned haunting of our childhoods by this time next year. Apparently.

At the moment, there aren’t any details on which theaters it will be playing in, or what day, or what cities, or even if it will be screened nationwide this October. The only announcement, so far, seems to come from the Ghostbusters Facebook profile which dropped this video as a supposed “official announcement,” despite it simply being the first movie’s theatrical trailer with a title card stuck on the end announcing “October 2011” as the release date.

Sites from AICN to the AVClub are running this news because Jurassic Park is getting a re-release in the U.K. on September 23 to coincide with the film coming out on Blu-ray. There’s also the belief that a Ghostbusters re-release is meant to test the waters for viable audience interest in that possible Ghostbusters 3 future fiasco. Of course, the trailer for the Jurassic Park release (which I am insanely jealous of not happening in the U.S.) is brand new and actually, y’know, talks about being a special screening and why the movie’s return to theaters is a monumental deal. Similar to how the Star Wars Special Editions mocked what we stupid kids had missed before 1997, but without the pesky unwanted additions. And the dinosaur trailer also doesn’t have, like the ghost trailer, a title card that actually reads “Prepare for mass mysteria.”

There’s a “clever girl” joke here, but I can’t get it to work right so I’m giving up on it.

Maybe I’m just too cynical, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole Ghostbusters Thing was its own means to and end orchestrated by a fan to attempt something like the Betty White Thing from 2010. And by “fan” I mean “Dan Aykroyd” biding time until Yogi Bear 2: Bear Harder needs him for a weekend’s worth of voice over work. Or, maybe the marketers are really bad at making announcements and we’ll get a more official update the closer we get to “October 2011.”

Pretty sure I have a better chance of seeing a real live ghost, and being silimed by same, by the time Canadian Thanksgiving rolls around, though.

Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the overly nerdy podcast We’re Not Fanboys, and poopoos lots of things on the Twitter machine @RobOfWar.

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