When something’s lurking in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? The original Ghostbusters Film not only brought its stars to comedic fame, but it also spawned numerous sequels and reboots.
After writer Dan AykroydAfter reading a parapsychology journal article, he created a movie about trapping ghosts.
“I thought, I’ll devise a system to trap ghosts … and marry it to the old ghost [films] of the 1930s,” the Canada native recalled to Vanity Fair in June 2014. “Virtually every comedy team did a ghost movie — Abbott and Costello, Bob Hope. I was a huge fan. [them].”
The Saturday Night Live The alum was then enlisted Ivan ReitmanAs director, together with Bill MurrayThe trio also includes Harold Ramis, who died in 2008,
1984’s film followed three parapsychologists, who were forced to leave their university because they couldn’t afford the funding. To make ends meet, they set up a ghost removal service in Manhattan.
“I wanted the film to be my New York movie,” Reitman told Vanity Fair in June 2014, which Aykroyd agreed upon, calling it “the greatest city in the world, an architectural masterpiece [and] energy central for human behavior.”
Three decades later, the cast — including Aykroyd, Murray, Sigourney Weber, Ernie Hudson Annie Potts — joined forces once again for Entertainment Weekly’s annual reunion issue in 2014.
“I knew it was gonna be a huge movie,” Murray said at the cover shoot in November 2014. “At that point, we were still watching Yankee Doodle Dandy on TV, so I thought we had a shot. … We had that car. Even the cops thought that we were superior because of the uniforms and the car. [as they drove around]Red lights are red. [going the] wrong way on a one-way street.”
Several years later, Paul Feig rebooted the film’s premise with an all-female crew of supernatural sleuths, including Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig Kate McKinnon.
“To be able to hand Ghostbusters over to these incredibly talented women felt perfect, and it was time,” Weaver said of passing the torch to a new generation of stars during a July 2016 interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “There is such wonderful chemistry between the four of them. It reminds me of the boys, as they were old friends and had worked together a lot. This kind of comedy pairing is just amazing. You just turn the camera on and let them go at it.”
Weaver and Aykroyd even made a quick cameo in the reboot, telling the outlet, “I think the fans are going to be pleased by how we pop up. It’s just a very sweet movie but also very funny and kind of crazy. I think that’s a big part of what films can do — take us to another world.”
In November 2021, the original stars were back for more in the Ghostbusters: Afterlife The sequel follows the story of a single mom who moves to a different town with her children. Soon after, they discover a surprising connection with the OG Ghostbusters. They also discover the secret legacy of their grandfather.
“It was full joy, wall to wall,” Aykroyd told The Hollywood Reporter That November was his return to the beloved character. “What a privilege to be asked back to do that. It was a creative fulfillment to work with Bill, Ernie and Sigourney again. If it weren’t for Jason [Reitman]Ivan [Reitman], I don’t know if we would have had the magnificent cast. To hang with brothers like that, family, it’s always fun — memories of good and maybe bad. Some [previous] friction came from how long we had to wear those proton packs and the level of complaint we issued.”
Scroll below to see what the cast has been up to since the original movie’s 1984 release: