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The Ghostbusters reach 30

The third instalment could begin shooting next year

07/01/2014

The Ghostbusters are ready for their 30th anniversary in 2014, as the brand could again be present both in theaters and on retailers' shelves. These are the actions that are being prepared and some of the data that are worth taking into account.

- The consumer products division of Sony Pictures has reached agreements to launch commemorative licensed items, including apparel (Uniqlo), toys (Mattel, World Tech Toys, Toys Underground), collectibles (Titan Figures) and publishing (IDW Publishing), as well as video games (Ubisoft), and among other categories and companies.

- In addition, the art gallery pop Gallery 1988 will create a traveling exhibition. Limited edition screen prints and posters will be available during each stop of the tour, which will conclude in July at San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego.

- The filming of the third instalment will begin next year, although it has no release date yet.

- The film will count again with Ivan Reitman as director. All the original cast is confirmed, except Rick Moranis (who is mostly retired from acting) and Bill Murray, who does not seem to have much interest in returning to the role of Dr. Peter Venkman.

- At the time Murray agreed to be in the movie if Columbia agreed to fund a remake of The Razor's Edge which he starred. And which was a commercial and critical flop.

- The first of the two films (1984) grossed $290 million, being the highest grossing film of the year. The second earned more than $215 million and not so good reviews.

- Besides the movies, the property features two cartoon series - the first aired from 1986 to 1991 and the second in 1997.

- The original licensing programme offered toys, vehicles, collectibles, candy, video games, comic books, and even novels.

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