Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) (also known as Ghostbusters: Answer The Call)  is a movie directed and co-written by Paul Feig that restarts the franchise with an origin story featuring a team of female Ghostbusters. It released on July 15, 2016.  
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- Columbia Pictures
- In association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures
- An Ivan Reitman/Pascal Pictures Production
The rest of the credits can be seen here.
All Characters are listed as they first appear in the film
- Erin Gilbert (portrayed by Kristen Wiig)
- Abby Yates (portrayed by Melissa McCarthy)
- Jillian Holtzmann (portrayed by Kate McKinnon)  
- Patty Tolan (portrayed by Leslie Jones) 
- Rowan North (portrayed by Neil Casey)
- Kevin Beckman (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth)
- Tour Guide Garrett (portrayed by Zach Woods)
- Phil Hudson (portrayed by Justin Kirk)
- Phyllis Adler (portrayed by Elizabeth Perkins)
- Ed Mulgrave Jr. (portrayed by Ed Begley Jr.)
- Dean Harold Filmore (portrayed by Charles Dance)
- Bennie (portrayed by Karan Soni)
- Dean Thomas Shanks (portrayed by Steve Higgins)
- Rental Agent (portrayed by Katie Dippold)
- Graffiti Artist (portrayed by Nate Corddry)
- Mrs. Potter (portrayed by Lesley Nicol)
- Metal Head (portrayed by Daniel Ramis)
- NY1 News Anchor #1 (portrayed by Pat Kiernan)
- Martin Heiss (portrayed by Bill Murray)
- Jonathan the Theater Manager (portrayed by Michael McDonald)
- Fernando the Janitor (portrayed by Jaime Pacheco)
- Beasts Of Mayhem:
- Lightboard Operator (portrayed by Matteo Borghese)
- Ozzy Osbourne
- NY1 Reporter Outside Theater (portrayed by Jeanine Ramirez)
- Waitress 1 (blue shirt)
- Waitress 2 (red plaid shirt)
- Officer Stevenson (portrayed by Toby Huss)
- Agent Hawkins (portrayed by Michael Kenneth Williams)
- Agent Rorke (portrayed by Matt Walsh)
- Mayor Bradley (portrayed by Andy Garcia)
- Jennifer Lynch (portrayed by Cecily Strong)
- Vanessa The Desk Clerk (portrayed by Annie Potts)
- NY1 Reporter at The Mercado (portrayed by Vivian Lee)
- Blogger Chris Gethard
- Fox 5 News Anchors #1 (portrayed by Greg Kelly)
- Fox 5 News Anchors #2 (portrayed by Rosanna Scotto)
- NY1 News Anchor #2 (portrayed by Cheryl Wills)
- Basement Cop Tyson (portrayed by Sam Richardson)
- Basement Cop
- Flashed Man (portrayed by Tom Yi)
- Flashed Woman (portrayed by Susan Park)
- Subway Rat Woman (portrayed by Milanna Vayntrub)
- Cabbie (portrayed by Dan Aykroyd)
- Officer Jensen (portrayed by Tony Viveiros)
- Frank (portrayed by Brian Baumgartner)
- Baba Booey Shouter (portrayed by Johnny Higgins)
- Al Roker
- Uncle Bill (portrayed by Ernie Hudson)
- Rebecca Gorin (portrayed by Sigourney Weaver)
- Gertrude Aldridge (portrayed by Bess Rous)
- Electrocuted Ghost (portrayed by Dave Gruber Allen)
- Old Lady Ghost
- Ghost Invasion Specters
- Flasher Ghost (portrayed by Steve Bannos)
- Subway Ghost Rats
- Coffee House Ghost (portrayed by Lenny Clarke)
- Slimer (voiced by Adam Ray)
- Macy's Parade Spectator Ghosts
- Ghost Balloons
- Stay Puft Ghost Balloon
- Ring Leader Ghost
- Times Square Battle Ghosts
- Lady Slimer (voiced by Robin Shelby)
- Ecto-1 Party Specters
- Hyper-Ionization Device
- Antenna-like Helmet
- Kudelski Nagra III Reel to Reel Tape Recorder
- Large Duffel Bag
- P.K.E. Meter
- Sony 4K Camcorder
- Proton Grenade (Air Filter Prototype)
- Streamlight E-Spot Firebox Flashlight Lantern
- Ghost Portal Mirror
- Proton Box
- Proton Pack (Mark I)
- Upper Arm Remote Trigger
- Proton Grenade (Air Filter)
- Proton Grenade Launcher
- Ghost Chipper
- Proton Glove
- Proton Blaster
- Swiss Army Knife
- Proton Pack (Mark II)
- Barrier Compromising Master Machine
- Proton Grenade (Test Tubes)
- Proton Pistol
- Keysight FieldFox Microwave Analyzer
- Ghost Transporter
- Containment Unit
- Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal
- Hydrochloric Acid
- Ley Lines: of North America
- A Glimpse into the Unknown: A Journey into a Portal; Catching Sight of the Other Dimension: Discovering the Undiscoverable: A Curiosity Piqued and Peaked.
- Aldridge Mansion Museum
- Columbia University
- Kenneth P. Higgins Institute
- The Mercado Hotel
- Seward Street Subway Station
- Zhu's Authentic Hong Kong Food
- Stonebrook Theatre
- New York City Hall
- Erin's Apartment
- Lotus Leaf
- Clarks Coffee
- Sabrett Hot Dog Stand
- Times Square
- Jacob Wirth Co. Restaurant
Known Movie Scripts
- Title Unknown - 2014 (Paul Feig and Katie Dippold collaboration)
On August 2, 2014, it was reported Paul Feig was Sony Pictures' first choice for the the director. Allegedly, the film will be a reboot focusing on female Ghostbusters.  The script would be reportedly written from scratch.  No formal negotiations have took place yet.
On September 2, 2014, Ivan Reitman confirmed he met with Feig. Reitman said he would still be producing the new movie. 
On October 8, 2014, Paul Feig tweeted he was officially the director and would co-write with Katie Dippold.  Sony confirmed through Twitter as well.  Feig tweeted it was official and he would be the director and co-write with past collaborator Katie Dippold. He reiterated female Ghostbusters would be involved.  In an interview later in the day, Feig revealed he was contacted by Sony and Ivan Reitman a number of months ago (from March 31 to May 31, 2014) when he was in Budapest shooting his new movie "Spy". When he returned to the States, Feig had lunch with Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. Over the next few days, he thought of an all female cast and setting the story in the present where the existence of ghosts aren't credible. The movie would be a restart and an origin story. When asked on the connection to the two movies, Feig said there will be nods and cameos in some part but currently 'everything is up for grabs'. At San Diego Comic Con, in July, Feig and his producing partner Jessie Henderson met with Katie Dippold and talked Ghostbusters. Currently, there is a rough rough outline - 'what the basic characters to do', 'the world' and 'what the rules of the world are'. 
On December 10, 2014, Rebel Wilson confirmed she had a meeting with Feig but would consider a role after seeing the finished script. 
On December 11, 2014, Jennifer Lawrence admitted she had dinner with Feig but it is unclear if it was a social engagement, general meeting, or for Ghostbusters specifically. Lawrence seemed to imply she wasn't up for a role, "I had dinner with him... I will never cross streams." 
On December 12, 2014, in light of the Sony hacking incident, some alleged discussions about Ghostbusters were revealed. David Steinberg, the head of the Sony's legal department, allegedly discussed "aggressive litigation" strategy against Bill Murray and alternatives, such as seeking someone else, with general counsel Leah Weil. In an October 8, 2013 email between Ivan Reitman and co-chair Amy Pascal, they are looking for a 'clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise so that we can use all the assets and everything that is great about the original franchise' and listed Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Lizzy Caplan as actors who have already expressed interest in a role. 
On January 9, 2015, Melissa McCarthy was said to be in early talks but her busy schedule could prevent her from taking on a role. Jillian Bell and Cecily Strong were also reported to be meeting with Paul Feig soon. Shooting for the movie is supposedly set for June 2015. 
On January 15, 2015, Feig confirmed the story would take place in New York and there will be "fun nods to the old movie." 
On January 27, 2015, it was reported in Melissa McCarthy signed on and Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are in negotiations with Sony.   Sony Pictures released a tentative release date of July 22, 2016. 
On February 17, 2015, Dan Aykroyd confirmed he was an Executive Producer on the film. 
On February 18, 2015, Dan Aykroyd, while on Unmasked with Ron Bennington on Sirius XM, revealed he would be making contributions to the script. 
On March 9, 2015, it was reported the movie would be part of a shared universe continuity that would lead up to a team up movie like "Marvel's The Avengers." 
On April 20, 2015, it was reported the budget under the Tom Rothman era was cut from Amy Pascal's original $169 million to $154 million. Allegedly, Paul Feig made adjustments to the script to cut costs, Melissa McCarthy is being paid $14 million, and Feig just north of $10 million. 
On June 5, 2015, Dan Aykroyd, while at the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award ceremony the previous night, revealed he read a script for the movie. 
On June 29, 2015, Paul Feig posted a photo of the Ghostbusters' uniforms. 
On June 30, 2015, Paul Feig posted a photo of a Proton Pack. 
On July 4, 2015, Paul Feig provided photos and measurements of a Particle Thrower. 
On July 5, 2015, Paul Feig provided a photo and measurements of a Proton Pack. 
On July 6, 2015, it was reported Michael K. Williams was in talks to join the supporting cast.  It was also reported Andy Garcia was cast as the Mayor of New York, Matt Walsh as Rourke, anchor Pat Kiernan as himself, and Williams' character was named Hawkins.  Paul Feig posted a photo of a Proton Pack with parts labeled. 
On July 10, 2015, Paul Feig tweeted the four Ghostbusters in their jumpsuits and wearing their Proton Packs in front of the new Ecto-1. 
On July 14, 2015, it was rumored Dan Aykroyd will have a cameo in the movie as a taxi cab driver who says the iconic "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" credo to Kristen Wiig's character and she points out he said a double negative. The scene was allegedly filmed on the night of July 13.  It was reported Dan Aykroyd confirmed as much on his Facebook account saying "ON SET OF GHOSTBUSTERS SHOOTING MY SCENE WITH THE FUNNY AND BEAUTIFUL KRISTEN WIIG. LADY GB'S are adorable, beautiful,..." but the post was since removed.  
On July 29, 2015, in an interview, Paul Feig stated there will "eerie, pants-shitting ghosts as the anchor of the film" and little CGI as possible will be used. The tone of the movie will be a "realistic workplace-comedy vibe." An anecdote reveals he "spent seven hours sampling colors with Popsicle sticks and hollering orders to a crew of slime day-laborers who firehosed batches out of custom nozzles, sprayers, and pumps—all in an effort to test out spectral "dispersal patterns." His top three slimes moved on to a screen test, where they were dumped on heads and flung against walls while he rolled tape. The result is one secret formula ("tapioca flour!" is all he'll offer) but a variety of thicknesses." 
On July 31, 2015, Luci Romberg confirmed she will be Melissa McCarthy's stunt double. It is her fourth time doubling for McCarthy. 
On August 5, 2015, on a list of films planned through 2019, Sony revealed the release date for Ghostbusters was moved up one week to July 15. 
On August 8, 2015, it was rumored Bill Murray arrived late this week in Boston to reportedly film a role. 
On August 21, 2015, at 2:26 pm, Chris Hemsworth tweeted he finished filming his parts in the movie. 
On August 31, 2015, Bill Murray admitted Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy's involvement in the film and Paul Feig had influence on him to appear in the movie. It was a decision that ate at him for years. He also wanted to make sure it was known he approved of the movie and appearing on it would cement that. 
On October 7, 2015, in an interview, Rick Moranis confirmed he declined an offer to cameo in the movie citing he's 'very picky' and didn't see much sense in 'one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago.' 
On November 5, 2015, it was reported some easter eggs and callbacks included Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and P.K.E. Meters. 
On November 12, 2015, a logline for the movie was reported. It read, "With paranormal activity on the rise, a Columbia University academic, her ghost-chasing friend, the friend’s business partner, and an MTA employee join forces to bust ghosts and save New York." 
On December 9, 2015, it was reported Charles Dance has a role in the movie. 
On January 11, 2016, during an appearance on Hollywood Today Live, Annie Potts remained cryptic about a possible cameo in the movie. Potts only said, "That could be true."  Charles Dance commented his character is a straight man to the Ghostbusters and neither a hero nor villain - the character "just doesn't understand and appreciate the whole Ghostbusting thing. He is English as well." 
On February 23, 2016, Ernie Hudson confirmed he has a cameo in the movie as well as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. The cameos are in different points in the movie. 
On February 25, 2016, Michael K. Williams confirmed he plays a FBI agent working for the Mayor of New York City. He is tasked with helping to cover up paranormal activity as a 'flash in the sky.' He confirmed doing a scene with Slimer. 
On March 5, 2016, Andrew Shaffer confirmed the Higgins Science Institute will be explored in the movie. 
On March 9, 2016, it was reported during the trailer screening, Paul Feig confirmed a scheduling conflict was the reason Jennifer Lawrence was briefly considered for the cast - the shooting schedule of the movie and the shooting schedule of X-Men: Apocalypse. 
On April 11, 2016, Adam Ray announced he is the voice of Slimer. 
On May 5, 2016, Paul Feig appeared on an episode of Yes Have Some Podcast. He confirmed Harold Ramis' daughter, son, and grandson will have cameos in the movie. 
On July 9, 2016, it was reported from the live cast of the movie premiere that Robin Shelby provided the voice of Slimette. 
The codename for the movie is Flapjack.  Principal photography started on June 18, 2015 in Boston and ended on September 19, 2015 in New York City.
On January 15, 2015, Feig confirmed filming would take place in New York. 
On February 13, 2015, it was reported pre-production was already underway and a good part of the movie would be filmed in Boston. Filming would start in the spring. 
On March 5, 2015, it was reported some filming would take place in Boston and sets were already in the process of being constructed. 
On March 17, 2015, in an interview, Fieg revealed interiors will be filmed in Boston and a number of exteriors will be filmed in New York. 
On May 6, 2015, it was reported shooting was scheduled to start in the "coming days" and Paul Feig was already in Boston prepping to start. 
On June 16, 2015, it was reported filming in Boston would start during the week. A section of the financial district will be closed for three nights while filming an "epic ghost invasion of Manhattan." Slimer will allegedly appear. Cameos by Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray are still in the air. 
On June 17, 2015, Paul Feig posted a tweet and implied filming would start on Thursday June 18. 
Filming started on June 18, 2015 and is set to end in mid-September 2015. 
There will be filming at the former Everett High School at 538 to 548 Broadway from:
- June 18 to 19
- June 22 to 23
Part of the Broadway Plaza in Malden, Massachusetts will be used for talent and production trailers and staff parking from June 17 to June 23.
Prep and wrap days at Broadway from Maple Avenue to Pleasant Street 7 am to 7 pm on:
- June 4 to 5
- June 8 to 12
- June 15 to 17
- June 24 to 26
Shoot days will take place at:
- Broadway from Maple Avenue to Pleasant Street 5 am to 9 pm on
- June 18 to June 19
- June 22 to June 23
- Linden Street from Maple Avenue to Pleasant Street 5 am to 9 pm on
- June 18 to June 19
- June 22 to June 23
- Pleasant Street from Broadway to Private Alley 5 am to 9 pm on
- June 18 to June 19
- June 22 to June 23
On the shoot days June 18 to 19 and June 22 to 23, Linden Street traffic becomes one way traffic towards Hancock Street. There is some traffic control on Broadway on June 18. Everett Police Department officers will be present on shoot days.
From about July 7 to July 10, a building at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Essex Street, Boston, MA 02111 was dressed as a Chinese restaurant.
On July 11, filming moved to High Street, between Oliver Street and Franklin Street. 
Leased in June to Columbia and as early as July 27, a crew built a set on a runway left over from SouthField's previous life as the South Weymouth Naval Air Station. An old 32,000-square-foot aircraft hangar will also be used. It will be used for a green-screen stage and special effects photography during Boston filming. 
On August 14, 2015, The Castle at Boston University was dressed as the "Historic Aldridge Mansion Museum" for filming on August 17. 
On August 26, 2015, filming took place at the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park from Tuesday August 25 to Friday August 28. 
On June 18, 2015, set photos from Boston began emerging of Kristen Wiig going to the former Everett High School dressed as Bronx Kuyper Middle School. The school's exterior was draped with banners that read "Higgs Science Institute." A taxicab dressed as a New York City taxi cab was seen. Wiig walked past two people brawling. Paul Feig was also seen. Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon were also seen in filming in costume.    
On June 20, 2015, amateur footage published on June 19 recorded exterior filming of Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon's characters hailing a cab and Kristen Wiig's character sends them off with a short line.  
On June 30, 2015, Melissa McCarthy was seen in a jumpsuit and Kristen Wiig was wearing a Proton Pack in civies. 
On July 7, 2015, the new Ecto-1 was spotting at a building at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Essex Street, Boston, MA 02111. It was dressed as a Chinese restaurant. 
On July 8, 2015, filming continued at the Chinatown set.  Leslie Jones was sighted filming.  Along with Ghostbusters branded motorcycles.  Amateur footage was taken of Kate McKinnon driving the Ecto-1. One of her punking Kristen Wiig and another picking up Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones.     Also seen on set were Honda motorcycles with the license plate "Ecto-2"  
On July 9, 2015, all four actors were seen in jumpsuits. 
On July 10, 2015, a blond stuntman in a jumpsuit appeared to be possessed by a ghost and drove off on the Ecto-2 bike. Kate McKinnon's stunt double was seen dangled out the window of headquarters and saved by Leslie Jones after Melissa McCarthy fails to hold on. Ecto-1 soon leaves headquarters. In another scene, Michael K Williams and Matt Walsh arrive in black suits from a black SUV and take the Ghostbusters with them after they finish talking to police officers. 
On July 15, 2015, a set piece resembling New York's 50 Street subway stop with a green screen was spotted in Somerville's Union Square.  Filming was scheduled at Batterymarch Street and Milk Street from 7 pm to 5 am.  
On August 6, 2015, it was reported Ozzy Osburne was at Boston's Citi Wang Theatre, portraying the frontman of a metal band in the "Rock Revenge Fest featuring Ozzy Osbourne" as part of a "12 Hour Marathon of Metal." On July 27 to 31, the Citi Wang Theatre was dressed as the Stonebrook Theatre. 
On August 17, 2015, photos of Chris Hemsworth in a jumpsuit riding an Ecto-2 was taken. 
On August 26, 2015, filming took place at the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park from Tuesday August 25 to Friday August 28. Location manager Charlie Harrington hinted it is a major location in the movie and the Ghostbusters go there on a call to bust a ghost. Sigourney Weaver was rumored to be involved in the scenes being filmed. 
On September 15, 2015, filming started at the Stonehurst estate in Waltham. 
On July 15, 2016, Luci Romberg posted a photo of her with McCarthy doing splits on the Times Square set surrounded by the actors portraying the ghosts. 
On April 17, 2017, call sheets for Day 39 and Day 44 of filming were posted. Day 39 of 64 of principal photography took place on August 9, 2015. Crew call was at 8:30 am and shooting call was at 9:30 am. Scene 57 and 58 were filmed of when Kevin tells the Ghostbusters that Martin Heiss is there to see them to Erin lets Mayhem out of the Trap at the first headquarters. The cast present was McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones, Casey, Hemsworth, Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Murray, Karan Soni, and Pat Kiernan. Day 44 of 64 of principal photography took place on August 14, 2015. Crew call was at 9 am and shooting call was at 10 am. Scene 97, the Ghostbusters confront Rowan-possessed-Kevin in the Mercado lobby, was filmed at Norwood. The cast present was McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones, Casey, Hemsworth, Michael Kenneth Williams, Karan Soni, and Brian Baumgartner. 
On September 12, 2015, the Ecto-1 cars and Ecto-2 were seen on Chambers Street between Church and Broadway. Kristen Wiig was seen driving Ecto-1. Filming also took place in Midtown over the weekend.   Ecto-1 was seen in front of the Surrogate's Court at 31 Chambers Street. 
On September 13, 2015, before 9:30 am, the Ecto-1 was seen south of Central Park by P.J. Carney's on 7th Avenue between W 58th Street and W 57th Street.  A few minutes later, it was seen on West 58th Street, passing the intersection with 8th Avenue. 
On September 15, 2015, Ecto-1 was seen in Morningside Heights by Columbia University's Alfred Lerner Hall at 2920 Broadway. 
On September 19, 2015, at 1:26 pm, Paul Feig tweeted principal photography had wrapped. He posted a photo by the firehouse used in the New York shoots of the original movies.  It was reported Ernie Hudson appeared on set to shoot his cameo. 
On September 9, 2015, Paul Feig hinted a teaser should be released by the end of the year. 
On October 28, 2015, in an interview, it was noted Ivan Reitman was going to see a cut of the movie sometime within the next two weeks. 
On November 4, 2015, in an interview, Paul Feig confirmed he finished his first edit of the movie on Monday. From a prior interview conducted during filming in Boston, there were New York hotel lobby and subway sets. Much of the film was shot with practical effects but there will be some CGI. Chris Gethard shot at least scene but it might not make the final cut. Gethard's character was punched by a Ghostbuster. Feig confirms he shot in digital because he needed the long takes and during filming, he sent by "French hours" or 10 hour days with no lunch. 
On March 7, 2016, Paul Feig revealed the movie is still in editing and post but he is just getting ready to test screen a version. 
On May 2, 2016, it was reported a scheduled day-and-a-half of reshoots in downtown Los Angeles concluded in the morning. 
On May 3, 2016, Melissa McCarthy was seen at the downtown LA set on May 1 sporting a protective vest, leg pads and pink elbow pads over a purple tunic and harem pants.  McCarthy was seen on a rig with a Proton Pack and being flown through mid-air. Kristen Wiig was also sighted Monday. 
On May 4, 2016, Paul Feig worked on editing. 
On May 12, 2016, it was reported Sigourney Weaver's cameo was removed from a previous edit and was then put back in the final cut. She was initially cut due to the scene not being essential to the story. There allegedly have been a lot of recuts, editing, different edits, re-edits and story alterations in recent weeks. One scene involving a musical number was cut because it wasn't working out. 
On May 22, 2016, Paul Feig tweeted two screenings of the movie were conducted for the day. 
On May 24, 2016, Kristen Wiig did an ADR session. 
On May 29, 2016, Dan Akyroyd saw a test screening of the movie. 
On June 23, 2016, Paul Feig mentioned he was involved in press screenings all week. 
On July 5, 2016, Paul Feig, in an interview, noted the run time of the first cut was 4 hours and 15 minutes. 
On July 6, 2016, Patton Oswalt confirmed he saw an early screening of the movie and there is a post-credits scene. 
On June 4, 2017, Dan Aykroyd stated Paul Feig spent $30 to 40 million on reshoots but Sony refuted the number and claimed it was $3 to 4 million. Aykroyd also noted Feig didn't shoot scenes that were suggested to him that others felt were going to be needed because he didn't think they were needed, then test screenings proved they were needed, and he went back and did reshoots.  
Scenes broken down per unnnamed chapters from the original 2016 Blu-ray and DVDs releases. These Articles are image intensive.
- Chapter 01
- Chapter 02
- Chapter 03
- Chapter 04
- Chapter 05
- Chapter 06
- Chapter 07
- Chapter 08
- Chapter 09
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Chapter 13
- Chapter 14
- Chapter 15
- Chapter 16
On February 2, 2016, Paul Feig announced the first full trailer will release at the end of the month. 
On February 13, 2016, Sony Pictures released a 28 second teaser trailer reciting "Who Ya Gonna Call?" amid footage of police and national guard gathering in New York City. The full trailer was stated to be set for release on March 3. 
On March 2, 2016, Paul Feig revealed the trailer will be posted at 6 am PST/9 am EST/1400 GMT. 
For full coverage of trailers for the film, see Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Trailers article.
For full coverage of promotion and advertising for the film, see Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Advertising article.
For full coverage of tie-in promotion and advertising for the film, see Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) Tie-In Advertising article.
|Movie Title||Territory||Country||Language||Release Date|
|North America||Canada||English/French||July 15, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||North America||United States||English||July 15, 2016|
|Cazafantasmas||Latin America||Argentina||Spanish||July 14, 2016|
|Los Cazafantasmas||Latin America||Bolivia||Spanish|
|Caça-Fantasmas||Latin America||Brazil||Portuguese||July 14, 2016|
|Cazafantasmas||Latin America||Colombia||Spanish||July 14, 2016|
|Cazafantasmas||Latin America||Ecuador||Spanish||July 15, 2016|
|Cazafantasmas||Latin America||Venezuela||Spanish||July 22, 2016|
|August 10, 2016|
|KROTITELE DUCHŮ||Europe||Czech Republic||Czech||July 28, 2016|
|Istjerivači duhova||Europe||Croatia||Croatian||July 28, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Europe||Danmark||English||July 14, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Europe||Germany||German||July 28, 2016|
(Noted translation "Tondipüüdjad")
(Text on page is in Estonian)
|July 29, 2016|
|CAZAFANTASMAS||Europe||Spain||Spanish||August 12, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Europe||Greece||Greek||July 28, 2016|
|SOS Fantômes||Europe||France||French||August 10, 2016|
Охотники за привидениями
|July 29, 2016|
|VAIDUOKLIŲ MEDŽIOTOJAI||Europe||Lithuania||Lithuanian||July 29, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Europe||Netherlands||Dutch||July 14, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Europe||Norway||English||July 22, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Europe||Austria||German||July 28, 2016|
|Ghostbusters - Pogromcy duchów||Europe||Poland||Polish||July 15, 2016|
|Vânătorii de fantome||Europe||Romania||Romanian|
|Охотники за привидениями||Europe||Russia||Russian||July 28, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Europe||Switzerland||English||July 28, 2016|
|Krotitelia duchov||Europe||Slovakia||Slovak||July 28, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Europe||Finland||Finnish||July 22, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Europe||Sweden||Swedish||July 22, 2016|
|Ghostbusters: Hayalet Avcıları||Europe||Turkey||Turkish||July 29, 2016|
|МИСЛИВЦІ НА ПРИВИДІВ|
ОХОТНИКИ ЗА ПРИВИДЕНИЯМИ. Трейлер
|July 28, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Asia Pacific||Australia||English||July 14, 2016|
|ក្រុមកម្ចាត់ខ្មោច||Asia Pacific||Cambodia||Khmer||July 28, 2016|
|捉鬼敢死隊||Asia Pacific||Hong Kong||Chinese||July 21, 2016|
|ゴーストバスターズ||Asia Pacific||Japan||Japanese||August 19, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Asia Pacific||Malaysia||English||July 14, 2016|
|Ghostbusters||Asia Pacific||New Zealand||English|
|Ghostbusters||Asia Pacific||Singapore||English||July 14, 2016|
|고스트버스터즈||Asia Pacific||South Korea||Korean|
|魔鬼剋星 (妖魔鬼怪塊陶啊)||Asia Pacific||Taiwan||Standard Chinese (Traditional Chinese)||July 15, 2016|
|Biệt Đội Săn Ma||Asia Pacific||Vietnam||Vietnamese||July 15, 2016|
(United Arab Emirates)
|Arabic||July 14, 2016|
|מכסחות השדים||Middle East|
|Israel||Hebrew||July 28, 2016|
|South Africa||English||July 15, 2016|
On July 13, 2016, it was reported Ghostbusters would not be screened in China because "it's not really that attractive to Chinese audiences" and "Most of the Chinese audience didn't see the first and second movies, so they don't think there's much market for it." It was speculated the reason was because of one of China's official censorship guidelines that technically prohibits movies that "promote cults or superstition." 
On July 15, 2016, it was reported the movie cost $144 million to make and $140 million was spent on marketing. 
On July 20, 2016, it was reported a Sony representative denied the $144 million budget - claiming it was absolutely wrong and completely overinflated. 
On November 2, 2016, it was reported that LSC Film Corp. pulled its financial backing, 25% of the budget, a month before the movie went into production. 
On June 23, 2016, it was reported the movie was tracking to earn $40-$50 million on its debut weekend. 
On July 15, 2016, it was reported the Thursday opening garnered $3.4 million. 
On July 16, 2016, it was reported the movie would earn $46.5 million in the opening weekend. Friday earnings were $17.2 million. It was also reported Sony's recent estimates had been in the $38-40 million range while rivals estimated it would be between $45-50 million. 
On July 20, 2016, it was reported on comments from Sony during box-office press calls on Sunday morning. Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, commented, "We have successfully restarted an important brand." It was also reported Sony insiders claim the break even amount is $300 million instead of the reported $375 million to $400 million figures. Ghostbusters garnered first place in the U.K. with $6.1 million and in Australia with $3.7 million. 
On July 25, 2016, it was reported the movie earned $21.6 million in its second weekend and its total U.S. take was $86.8 million. Combined with overseas, the current total is reportedly $122 million. 
On August 10, 2016, it was reported Sony was taking a $70 million loss with a total domestic gross of $117 million and total gross of $180 million, with foreign markets added, as of August 7. A Sony representative did dispute the loss calculation saying "multiple revenue streams, including consumer products, gaming, location-based entertainment, continued international rollout, and huge third-party promotional partnerships that mitigated costs, the bottom line, even before co-financing, is not remotely close to the number" being reported. 
Mattel will offer blind bag figures, a board game, collectible figures, and an Ecto-1. In each blind bag figure pack there will be a piece of a particular character. If a consumer buys all four figures, they can assemble a separate ghost. The figures will be made to fit in the Ecto-1. LEGO is involved, Funko will do figures through their Pop! Vinyl line and Rubie's is making costumes. 
On January 6, 2016, Paul Feig also confirmed Diamond Select in addition to Mattel and Funko and estimated over 20 figures in all styles and sizes.  The action figures have been in production for months. 
On January 7, 2016, Paul Feig posted a photo of Mattel's 6" prototype action figures of Abby, Erin, Jillian, and Patty. 
On February 1, 2016, Retail Merchandiser magazine previewed some of the merchandise, including the Mattel action figures set for release in July, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing's book tie-ins, the Proton Pack and Wand kit, and the Ghosts from our Past book. New products mentioned are Hybrid and Fab NY adapting scenes from the movie into T-shirts and backpacks, high end replica Proton Packs for adult collectors, and NKOK making an RC car recreating a scene from the movie.  
On February 5, 2016, the LEGO set was previewed. It will be available July 1 for $59.99. 
On February 12, 2016, FUNKO figures of the four Ghostbusters, Kevin, the Icon Ghost, and an unnamed ghost were previewed at Toy Fair 2016. They are set for release in May. 
On February 14, 2016, photos of Mattel's 6" inch figures were posted including the four Ghostbusters, Rowan's Ghost, and a red demonic entity. 
On February 15, 2016, photos of Mattel's children's Proton Pack, the red demonic entity is named Mayhem, Slimer, and a look at Ecto Minis packs.  "Pixel Dan" Eardley posted a 2 minute 10 second video of a Mattel representative talking about merchandise at the Toy Fair 2016. If you collect all 4 6" Ghostbusters, you can build Rowan, the new bad guy in the movie. The toy particle thrower has a compartment for the mini figures. It can project an image of the figure onto walls. The three pack of Ecto Minis comes with one exclusive figure. But they can also be bought in blind bags. 
On April 7, 2016, it was reported the FUNKO press release released on April 6 indicated Rowan is "a convicted murderer who turns into a ghost after his execution is hit by a supercharged electrical storm. This gives him the power to raise an army of other ghosts." 
On May 16, 2016, it was reported a soundtrack would release on July 8, 2016. 
On June 8, 2016, it was reported Ghostbusters Story Pack #71242 of the Lego Dimensions video game will star Abby Yates and the rest of the team in 6 levels reliving the movie. The LEGO Toy Pad can be customized with the Zhu's Chinese Restaurant gateway build and unlock a brand new Ghostbusters Adventure World and exclusive Battle Arena. 
On June 21, 2016, Playmobil announced they will release a toy line based on the movie and posted a short teaser video that features an animated Ghostbuster capturing the Playmobil logo. 
On July 22, 2016, Mattel reported strong early sales for its line of toys based on the movie from both boys and girls. The sales figures at the top retailers in the country have exceeded expectations. Action figures, character mini-figures, the Ecto-1, and the Proton Pack are all selling well. 
For a list of merchandise, see Ghostbusters 2016 Movie Merchandise Wave article.
On June 2, 2016, RCA released an announcement about the movie soundtrack. The "Ghostbusters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" will be for sale on July 15 through RCA Records. Elle King's single "Good Girls" will be available on June 3 from all digital providers. "Good Girls" was written by Elle King and Dave Bassett and produced by Bassett. Other artists on the soundtrack include G-Eazy ft. Jeremih, 5 Seconds of Summer, Pentatonix, WALK THE MOON, Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliott, and Wolf Alice.  The movie score will release on July 8. 
On "Conan" season 5 episode 112, originally aired on July 8, 2015, there was a skit called "Wolverine Auditions" that centered on the search to find the next actor to portray Wolverine after Hugh Jackman retires from the role. At the 2:10 to 2:30 mark, actor-comedian Kristen Schaal shows up covered in green Ectoplasm and dressed in a homemade suit wearing a homemade Proton Pack to audition for Ghostbusters. 
Home Entertainment Releases
On August 30, 2016, Sony announced the digital release is September 27 and the physical release of the 4K Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray will be on October 11.  Extended cut is 133 minutes and theatrical is 116. There will be "more than 60 minutes of additional extended and alternate scenes with the Ultraviolet download." Blu-ray and 4k front covers and special features listing also included.  The first deleted scene was previewed, introducing Erin's sort-of-boyfriend Phil portrayed by Justin Kirk. 
For full coverage of news and information on Home Entertainment Releases, please see Ghostbusters (2016) Blu-Ray
- On January 28, 2017, the movie made its premium cable debut on the Starz channel.  It was also available to stream and download on the companion Starz App on the same day.  The movie was shown in 1.78:1 (16:9 fullscreen) but the end credits were in the 2.40:1 (16:9 letterbox) aspect ratio.
- The FX channel bought the rights to broadcast Ghostbusters, as reported on August 9, 2016. The premiere airdate is unknown, but likely sometime in 2018 or 2019. 
On July 17, 2016, Sony's president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer commented on a sequel saying, "While nothing has been officially announced yet, there's no doubt in my mind it will happen." 
On July 18, 2016, in an interview, Ivan Reitman confirmed all the repercussions of the movie have been discussed included the end credit teaser.  In an interview, Feig confirmed he had a story in mind, he would be open to do a sequel, and hinted "I might go to some other places too." 
On July 20, 2016, in an interview, Katie Dippold was asked if she talked about sequel yet. She answered, "I am being real careful. There are directions that I think would be really fun to go in, but I can't even allow myself to think like that… I just can't let myself think that far ahead. I just hope people can enjoy this. Just stop there and then see." 
On October 11, 2016, in an interview posted, Feig confirmed a sequel was talked about during production and he has a lot of ideas for it but admits they're all still recovering from production on the first. 
- Paul Feig first met with Katie Dippold about the movie at San Diego Comic Con 2014 near the Guardians of the Galaxy space-pod in the Marvel section. 
- Feig and Dippold starting writing the script in October 2014. They disconnected from their Internet and also kept up the Halloween decorations after the holiday to enhance the mood. 
- Paul Feig wanted to do a reboot instead of a sequel in part because he didn't want the new team to be handed the technology and be taught how to use them. He wanted to see it developed from the start. 
- Feig came close to setting the movie in Boston instead of New York City but ultimately decided against it because he thought Ghostbusters was such a 'New York story.' 
- The first cut of the movie, done by the editor, was 4 hours and 15 minutes. Feig's first cut was 3 hours and 30 minutes. The theatrical cut ended up being 1 hour and 56 minutes. The extended cut on the home entertainment release is 2 hours and 13 minutes.  
- There was about 1600 visual effects shots total. 
- Six effects houses worked on the movie. 
- Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI)
- Worked on: Ghosts of Times Square Past, Slimer, Possessed Parade Floats, and Proton Pack test in alley
- Worked on: Mayhem, Stonebrook Theatre, Proton Pack test in alley, Barrier Breaker Machine activated, Gertrude, Mirror Ghouls, Ghosts of Times Square Past, and Subway Rat Ghosts
- Zero VFX
- Worked on: Proton Pack alley test, Electrocuted Ghost, Proton Box, and Seward Street Subway Station
- Worked on: Mercado Hotel exterior and interior, Slimer, Rowan Ghost, Lady Slimer, Ecto-1 joyride, the Vortex
- Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI)
- The late Harold Ramis' wife, children, and grandchildren were on set for two "super-emotional" days. 
- The Tour Guide was Katie Dippold's idea. 
- The Anti-Irish Fence was improvised by Zach Woods, who portrayed the Tour Guide. 
- Gertrude Aldridge was in part loosely inspired by Lizzy Borden. 
- Gertrude was originally an ugly old woman. 
- The Tour Guide comes face to face with Gertrude Aldridge, off screen, at the end of the opening scene after he experiences some strange paranormal activity and runs. The camera zooms in on him as he screams, much like Alice encountering the Library Ghost in the first movie.
- When Erin Gilbert stands in front of a lecture hall and practices speaking, it was going to be a speech about the challenges of reconciling quantum mechanics with Einstein's gravity. On the whiteboards, the series of equations involved conformal compensator superfields that were written by MIT consultant Lindley Winslow and later transcribed on set. They illustrated the failure of a once-promising physics theory called SU(5). 
- Lindley Winslow, a consultant on the movie and experimental physicist at MIT, spent a week writing out Erin's Grand Unified Theory for her lecture on the challenge of unifying quantum mechanics and gravity. 
- Erin was an associate professor and specialized in the study of a subatomic particle called a neutrino, nicknamed the "ghosts of the standard model." 
- MIT consultant Janet Conrad created physics papers and grant applications to use as props on Holtzmann's desks and she wrote Erin's paper on neutrinos. The neutrino paper was formatted in the style of "Physical Review Letters." On the neutrinos article, Erin's coauthor is G.F. Siegal -- the name of Lindley Winslow's, another consultant, new baby. 
- After Dean Filmore leaves Erin's office, a bronze bust is visible in the hall. The bust is of the late-Harold Ramis. 
- Abby and Holtzmann's office is in the Kenneth P. Higgins Institute of Science is the Paranormal Studies Lab like Egon, Ray, and Peter at Columbia University in the first movie.
- The sign on Abby and Holtzmann's door is "Do not write stupid things on door!"
- The helmet Abby wears is a homage to the Aura Video-Analyzer colander possessed Louis Tully wore late into the first movie. 
- Erin insists books can't fly.
- Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland was inspired by Harpo Marx for Holtzmann's eclectic clothing choices. 
- Holtzmann has bits of McKinnon's traits: "From another planet," joyful, friendly, and wants to connect.  
- Erin, Holtzmann, and Abby's encounter with Gertrude Aldridge resembles Peter, Egon, and Ray's encounter with the Library ghost in the first movie - lack of equipment other than a P.K.E. Meter, not Ghostbusters yet, one tries to talk to it, one gets Ectoplasm stuck on themselves, one records with a camcorder, and the ghost briefly transmogrifies.
- Gertrude was worked by effects house Iloura. 
- Bess Rous wore a LED light suit and was placed in a rig that took her up and down. 
- For one take, Rous unexpectedly screamed and scared Kristen Wiig and all the others. 
- Abby identifies Gertrude as a Class 4 apparition. One of the few things preserved from the prime continuity is the Classification System for paranormal entities.
- It was scripted that Holtzmann keeps snacking throughout the investigation. Feig chose Pringles because it was easiest to haul around the can. Pringles wasn't interested in being an official sponsor but Feig kept it in anyway. 
- Gertrude's ectoprojecting on Erin appears to be a nod to Regan's projectile vomit in The Exorcist
- Erin Gilbert is fired from Columbia University for conducting research into the paranormal much like Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Peter Venkman in the first movie.
- Dean Filmore's office was filmed in the dining room of the Stonehurst estate Waltham, Massachusetts.  The ornate fireplace and door behind Erin is indicative of the dining room.
- Abby and Holtzmann also end up getting fired for their research.
- Dean Thomas Shanks is portrayed by Steve Higgins, the current announcer on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
- The Dean's name might be a nod to the late John Candy's character Tommy Shanks from SCTV.
- Dean Shanks states their research into the paranormal has no place at the Institute much like what Dean Yeager states to Peter, Egon, and Ray in the first movie.
- The role of Patty was originally written with McCarthy in mind. 
- Patty Tolan's name was a direct nod to McCarthy's Irish ethnicity. 
- According to Feig, he mentally cast Jones after seeing her on SNL's "Weekend Update" segment. 
- Leslie Jones lost 27 pounds filming the movie, took a lot of Epsom salt baths, got a lot of massages, and went to the chiropractor twice a week. 
- Rowan's last words to Patty before he jumps onto the tracks seems to echo a famous quote of Maximillian Robespierre from the French Revolution.
- The Electrocuted Ghost bears a resemblance to the Scoleri Brothers from Ghostbusters II. They bear period prison clothes, were executed through electrocution, manifest with electricity present and are a similar shade of blue.
- Zero VFX did visual effects on the Electrocuted Ghost. 
- The Zero VFX team nicknamed the Electrocuted Ghost "Fred". They were instructed to play with the notion that he was the first person to be executed by electric chair in New York. 
- The Mercado Hotel shares some similarities to the Shandor Building in the first movie. It is where the principal villain is based, it is where a portal is opened and where the climax takes place.
- Rowan walks past room 2206, another nod to Dana Barrett's apartment number in the first movie.
- According to Rowan's framed accolades:
- Rowan won The American Physical Society's J.J. Sakurai Prize on April 6, 2000 for his "work on M-Theory, its connection to eleven dimensional super gravity at low energies and the compactifying of its extradimensions."
- In reality, the winner of the Sakurai Prize in 2000 was Curtis Callan "for his classic formulation of the renormalization group, his contributions to instanton physcis and to the theory of monopoles and strings."
- Rowan was a physics teacher as implied by the America Association of Physics Teachers
- Rowan won The Hughes Medal on November 29, 2013 for "pioneering development of inkjet printing processes for organic semiconductor devices and dramatic improvement of their functioning and efficiency."
- In reality, the winner of The Hughes Medal in 2013 was Henning Sirringhaus for the same accomplishment.
- Rowan did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Physics.
- Rowan did his graduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and graduated with a Doctor of Science in Physics on June 6, 2007.
- Rowan won The American Physical Society's J.J. Sakurai Prize on April 6, 2000 for his "work on M-Theory, its connection to eleven dimensional super gravity at low energies and the compactifying of its extradimensions."
- Iloura did VFX for the mirror ghosts. They were envisioned as decomposing creatures recessed in a dark world. VFX artists gave them cooler shading and lighting tones and as they approached the surface of the mirror, they shifted to warmer tones. 
- The real estate agent is portrayed by Katie Dippold, the co-writer of this movie.
- The first location that Erin, Abby, and Holtzmann look at is the Firehouse from the original movies.
- Violet Ramis and her son, in her arms, make a cameo outside the Firehouse. 
- The Firehouse interior was a set designed to resemble (but not 100% replicate) the original L.A. firehouse interior.
- When told the Firehouse's rent is $21,000 a month, Erin exclaims "Burn in hell!" - another nod to the message left to Peter on his officer door in the first movie.
- As Erin notes, Abby's "If you see something, say something!" slogan is also the Anti-Terrorism slogan
- Abby considers "If there's something strange..." as the new slogan for their flyers. It is a line from Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" song.
- Abby's speech includes a nod to the classic "Who Ya Gonna Call?" line
- Paul Feig told Chris Hemsworth if he accepted the role, Kevin would be Australian so he could essentially be himself. 
- Jeffrey Kurland and Chris Hemsworth went through several pairs of glasses to see which one suited Kevin. 
- The receptionist was always going to be male. During production Kristen Wiig improvised Erin having a crush on Kevin. 
- Initially, Kevin was going to be an apathetic character but Melissa McCarthy pointed out the team had to care about wanting to rescue him. Hemsworth began improvising. 
- The Mike Hat joke was improvised by Chris Hemsworth while filming the interview scene. 
- In the "Sixth Sense," the lead character Haley Sear also had glasses with no lens.
- During his interview, Kevin is asked not to listen and he closes his eyes. As Abby, Erin, and Holtzmann discuss whether to hire him or not, he hits the gong and again closes his eyes instead of his ears.
- In the first movie, when Peter, Egon, and Ray investigated the New York City Public Library, he said, "Listen, do you smell that?"
- The origin of the classic No Ghost logo comes courtesy of a graffiti artist at the Seward Street Subway Station.
- Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig admitted one of the freakier moments in filming was sequence set in a subway tunnel. David Allen, portraying the Electrocuted Ghost, was covered in heavy prosthesis and blue lights, and apparently they received a few good shoves.  
- Just when the ghost is hit by the subway car, up on the platform, a big yellow poster reads the "If You See Something, Say Something" slogan
- During filming, the prop was used but in the final version of the movie, the gun and Proton Stream were all digital. 
- The prop thrower was a large LED bar. 
- The YouTube comments were always in the script but modified slightly in reaction to the online backlash against the movie. 
- Holtzmann dances to DeBarge's "Rhythm of the Night" song released in 1985.
- Patty presents a hearse she borrowed from her uncle, a Cadillac, like the original Ecto-1, but this is a 1984 Fleetwood Hearse
- When Abby's Proton Pack Mark I is flipped on, Patty and Holtzmann step back - similar to when Egon and Peter shuffle away when Ray turns his pack for the first time in the first movie at the Sedgewick Hotel.
- Harold Ramis' son Daniel has a cameo as one of the metal heads at Stonebrook Theatre. He is the person who gives Rowan a high five. 
- The NY 1 News Anchor is portrayed by Pat Kiernan and he coins Erin, Abby, Holtzmann and Patty as the "Ghostbusters".
- Kiernan returned to Boston a month after filming his initial scene to film a scene with Bill Murray. They filmed for 40 minutes with scripted and ad lib lines.   
- Martin Heiss is portrayed by Bill Murray.
- Feig and co. pitched a character who didn't believe in ghosts to Bill Murray. They didn't know until about two days before shooting scenes if Murray was in. 
- While filming the scene with Pat Kiernan, Bill Murray recognized one of the technicians as someone he worked with on Saturday Night Live. 
- James Maxwell also noted one of his colleagues worked closely with production to make sure the equations that appear throughout the movie such as on blackboards and papers scattered around the laboratory scientifically accurate. 
- MIT consultant Janet Conrad created physics papers and grant applications to use as props on Holtzmann's desks 
- For the new pack, a synchrotron was used. It can vary the magnetic field in a ring. For the synchrotron to work, it would then need superconducting magnets that are compact. To keep the magnets cold, there has to be a cryogen system and liquid helium. 
- By the time property master Kirk Corwin was brought on board, a lot of concept work on the Proton Packs was already done under the guidance of Jefferson Sage of the art department. The emphasis was to re-imagine the packs and construct lighter versions. They spoke with Proton Pack prop building fans and went to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and met with scientists to get their perspective. Corwin's team did rough mockups that showed how the characters would kluge objects together from the lab which also allowing the crew to see the inner workings of the Proton Packs. Feig and Sage liked that idea and building started. The first prototypes were too heavy. The first pack was 18 pounds. It was reduced down to 12.5 pounds. Inspired by behind the scenes of "Gone with the Wind," Corwin's team designed special seats for the Ghostbusters that had a ridge for the pack to take the strain off their backs. That way, they could rest between takes and wouldn't have to take off the pack then have it put back on.     
- Originally, the next bust was going to take place at Comic-Con, then a theater, then a ballet, then in the middle of a movie, and finally at Stonebrook. 
- On the way to Stonebrook Theatre, Ecto-1 drives through:
- When the camera has a close up on the hood ornament, they are on W 53rd going over Broadway past the Broadway Theatre at 1681 Broadway, as evidenced by the "Fiddler on the Roof" poster.
- 57 & 60 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002
- The sign for "60" is seen on the right) facing back of Municipal Building while "57" is on the red and yellow awning on the left, for New Lou Cheng Market, Inc.
- There's another Chinatown shot which clearly shows a green sign with a "212-226-8888" phone number. The number matches to Shing Tao Employment Agency on 5 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002. Visible is the white awning on left (with piece missing), green sign with phone numbers, green fire hydrant flanked by two small silver poles, and blue awning on right. Ecto-1 was on Eldridge St., turning on to Division St.
- Centre Street
- FDR Drive
- The exact spot of the FDR Drive location is by Exit 7, with the Con Edition parking lot in the background (that's their fleet of white vans with blue signage on the sides).
- Exit 7 goes to the spot where the night driving shot in the first movie occurred.
- The New York Public Library
- The drive ends with Ecto-1 turning on Fifth Avenue and Library Way.
- In a scene cut from the theatrical version, when the Ghostbusters first pull up to the Stonebrook, they encountered two angry nerds that insult them and tell them to clean a house with their 'vacuum cleaners.' One of the Ghostbusters retaliates by slapping their butts and lighting them on fire. 
- In the script, Holtzmann only put the wig on. During filming, McKinnon put the hat on, too. 
- The sound effect of the Proton Pack's activating from the original movies is included in the effect for the new packs.
- Inspired by an anecdote from "Gone with the Wind," Kirk Corwin created special seats for the Ghostbusters. There is a ridge on the seat for the pack to take the strain off their backs between filming and save time from re-fitting packs on the actresses. 
- A 'goop system' was made for the throwers. It made hot magma sludge drips off the throwers. The effects team put it through Houdini. It comes out red hot then goes to a dark hue. 
- In addition to the Proton Streams, the effects team decided to threat its glow as an illuminated vapor coming from the beam. They generated a fluid simulation of gas coming off the beam and lit it according to the scene. 
- Effects house Iloura, in Melbourne, worked on visual effects for the Stonebrook scenes and specifically Mayhem. 
- The Beasts of Mayhem, the band interrupted at the rock concert, had songs written for them by the movie's composer Teddy Shapiro. 
- Mayhem manifesting at a heavy metal concert was meant to be a comedic coincidence. 
- Jonathan points out the theatre was done in the Art Deco style, like the Shandor Building in the first movie
- After Mayhem is trapped, Ozzy Osbourne makes a cameo. He refers to his ex-wife Sharon exclaiming, "Sharon, I think I'm having another flashback!"
- The Ghostbusters celebrate and dance to DMX's single "Party Up"
- Feig simply wanted Heiss to be the type of person to wear suits but Bill Murray specifically wanted to base the look of Heiss off English writer and storyteller Quentin Crisp. 
- Heiss' walking stick is a nod to Paul Feig. He has a hobby of collecting antique walking sticks.  
- Martin Heiss was originally going to be killed off so much that in a deleted scene there were chalk outlines of him and his hat and cane but it was decided to keep it ambiguous. 
- While speaking to Officer Stevenson, Abby and the others cite numerous Patrick Swayze movies like "Ghost", "Roadhouse", "Dirty Dancing", and "Point Break" Abby and Stevenson specifically mention the scene in "Ghost" where Sam and Molly make a vase together.
- As in the two movies and The Video Game, the Ghostbusters end up explaining things to the Mayor.
- Abby realizes Mayor Bradley and the agents don't want there to be mass hysteria. In the first movie, the Ghostbusters explained to Mayor Lenny they were on the verge of mass hysteria.
- The scene introducing the new equipment was added to the script partly as a result of the development of the Times Square battle later in the movie. A pickup shot done in LA then SPI, Iloura and Zero VFX all worked in that sequence. 
- The Ghost Chipper originated from Walter Garcia's pre stunt viz video. 
- The Ghost Chipper was originally envisioned as a Proton Shield Gun/Emitter type device. The Ion Shield Pistol 's proton effect was later sort of retrofitted for the Ghost Chipper.  
- The Ghost Chipper went through several iterations in the concept phase. At one point, it was drawn as a sentry weapon that could unfold and stand on either legs or a tripod.  
- The toy based on the Proton Sidearm Blaster takes its design cues from one of the early concept designs rather than the final look in the movie. 
- The ghost polar bear was originally going to cameo in the movie and float by. 
- The discovery of the Ley Lines is similar to the discovery of the Mandala system in Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
- When the Ghostbusters first drive to the Mercado, as Ecto-1 drives towards Times Square in Chapter 12 around the 1:10:23 mark, the camera POV faces towards 874 7th Avenue and West 54th Street.
- The Mercado's 1525 Broadway address conflicts with when Erin stated it was between 7th and 8th Avenue.
- The interior appears to be visually inspired by the Cicada Club in Los Angeles.
- The Desk Clerk, Vanessa, at the Mercado Hotel is portrayed by Annie Potts. The Ghostbusters approach her when she's on the phone. She addresses them with one of Janine's classic lines, "Whaddya want?"
- MIT consultant Janet Conrad wrote string theory paper on Feynman ghost diagrams for Rowan North. It was also a bit of a jab at disciplines - one protagonist is a neutrino theorist and the antagonists is a string theorist. 
- Erin's apartment was filmed at a co-op built in the 1920s at 310 West 106th Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
- Filming was done at the building in March 2016. 
- When Erin tries to call the Ghostbusters' at Zhu's, she gets the answering machine. Kevin quotes Janine's "Whaddya want?" line
- As in the two movies and Ghostbusters: The Video Game, someone gets possessed. In this case, Rowan possesses Abby then Kevin.
- Possessed Abby's neck turn is a nod to The Exorcist.
- Patty's "The power of Patty compels you" line is a spin of "The power of Christ compels you" from The Exorcist
- Possessed Kevin drives Ecto-2 past 45 Henry Street.
- Erin initially pounds on the glass of Lotus Leaf from the outside, a similar act to when Louis runs to the Tavern on the Green in the first movie.
- As Erin (and the sheet) are pulled off the table by Lotus Leaf employees, the center piece is still standing. This might be a nod to the first bust in the first movie, when Peter declares the flowers are still standing.
- Mayor Bradley doesn't take well to being accused of being "worse than the Jaws mayor", a reference to the Mayor Larry Vaughn from the first Jaws movie, who denied Amity Island had a shark problem despite the an abundance of verifiable evidence.
- When the ghosts breach the mirrors, the glass shattering was practical effects during filming then CG warping, reflective bows, and CG smashed glass were added by the Iloura team. 
- A bar nearby the Mercado Hotel advertises, "Serving Irish beer since 1984" - another nod to the first movie.
- The Mercado is shown have "replaced" the Paramount Building at 1501 Broadway and appears to be visually inspired by the Carbide & Carbon Building in Chicago. This corroborates with Erin's statement during the discovery of Leylines of it being between 7th and 8th Avenue.
- The up shot of the Vortex above the Mercado appears to be a nod to a similar upshot to the Shandor building in the first movie.
- As in the two movies and Ghostbusters: The Video Game, the weather is affected and the city is blanketed in darkness.
- The vortex above the Mercado is inspired by "Close Encouters of the Third Kind" and the 1984 version of "Ghostbusters." 
- Artist Kyle Brown came up with several rough sketches of ghosts for Times Square. The less risque version of the Flasher Ghost was chosen. 
- The scene of the ghosts running rampant - chasing police cars, the woman running from ghost, and the Flasher Ghost - were filmed on or near Franklin Street in Boston's Financial District.
- The police car and woman running was at Franklin and Pearl Street hinted by the blue signage.
- The Flasher Ghost is at 260 Franklin Street.
- In a rush to get back to Zhu's, Erin hails a taxi. The driver is portrayed by Dan Aykroyd.
- He notes the ghosts he sees are just Class 5 vapors.
- In the first movie, Ray classified Slimer as a Class 5 after the Ghostbusters trapped him.
- He recites the classic line, "I ain't afraid of no ghost."
- He appears to be dressed similarly as the Zombie Taxi Driver in the first movie
- Initially, driver was going to be attacked by a ghost as he drove away but it was decided that was too terrible a thing to do to Aykroyd. 
- There were comebacks for Erin to say like "That's a double negative!" but they were deleted because it was deemed they extended the scene too much. 
- A discarded idea for Aykroyd was to play a spiritual adviser named Rick Gale but it was cut for pacing. 
- He notes the ghosts he sees are just Class 5 vapors.
- In a deleted scene, when Homeland Security shows up in front of the Mercado - Agent Hawkins would have had a line that referenced "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Alright, on the count of 1...2...5, fire!" However, the blast from the Proton Cannon made things worse and further energized the Mercado Hotel. A blast would have been shot back and destroyed the cannon. 
- The cut dance scene allegedly cost in the low seven figures and took up two full days of shooting, not including rehearsal time. It involved a choreographed dance number to The Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing." There were mixed responses from test audiences so it was cut but then added to the end credits.  Ultimately, it was cut because making the villain too funny at this point would remove the threat from him and affect the tone oddly. 
- In the alternate extended scene, behind the Homeland Security's forces are several posters advertising Sony-produced television series:
- The Goldbergs
- Black List
- Shark Tank
- Dr. Ken
- Better Call Saul
- On the way to the Mercado, Ecto-1 passes through Broadway and West 55th Street in Chapter 14 around the 1:25:08 mark, evidenced by the blue Champion Parking sign in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Slimer makes a cameo initially eating from hot dog cart.
- In the first movie, when Slimer is released from the Containment Unit, he ends up eating in a hot dog cart.
- In both this movie and the first, Slimer is eating specifically from Sabrett Hot Dog carts.
- Slimer is a fully articulated puppet augmented with special effects. The puppet was build and operated by Rick Lazzarini, who worked on ghosts for Ghostbusters II.  
- The VFX teams at Sony Pictures Imageworks and MPC worked on Slimer. 
- Effects added random bits of hair to Slimer in random places as well as an overabundant amount of slime so that it poured off Slimer's arms. 
- Slimer car jacks Ecto-1. In Ghostbusters II, he jacked a bus to help Louis.
- The Ghostbusters encounter the haunted Thanksgiving Day parade on West 38th Street and 6th Avenue.
- The majority of the floats in the haunted Thankgiving Day parade are based on actual floats from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parades in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
- The last float in the haunted Thankgiving Day parade is based on the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
- The Haunted Parade Float scene was filmed at the Franklin and Federal Street intersection in Boston evidenced by the Fidelity Investments logo on the building to the right in one shot.
- The present day Times Square ads include
- The past 70s Times Square ads include
- Taxi Driver
- Boris Karloff's Isle Of The Snake People
- One of the movie theater displays is for "Welcome to the Other Side," a possible nod to when Peter remarks, "See ya on the other side, Ray" in the first movie.
- The effects team recreated Times Square of the 1970s digitally using reference photos from the era. 
- The battle of Times Square was shot on green screen in Boston. The actors portraying ghosts all wore LED tracking markers. They were many more ghosts planned to appear but it was scaled down in the final version of the movie. 
- The Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) effects team removed the background actors and rotoscoped the Ghostbusters from the background completely. In the final version of the movie, everything but the actresses are digital. 
- Most of the background actors were replaced with smoke. The SPI team had to employ a deep compositing pipeline and depth compositing approach. 
- The battle scenes were filmed twice. It was first filmed with the stunt women on wire rigs. A couple days later, the scene was filmed with the actresses. The prop packs were replaced in post by the visual team. 
- At the South Weymouth Naval Air Station set, Jones was thrown into a van repeatedly and McKinnon fell a lot. 
- The Weymouth set in Boston recreated two and a half blocks of Times Square from 42nd Street to 44th Street. A section of actual frontage to the Mercado Hotel was also built. The set design crew paid attention to detail and did things like painted the real detail of crosswalks, used real streetlights, and used real planters. It was accurate enough that vehicles could drive around. Surrounding the set was 22 feet of green screen. Jefferson Sage and co. were able project "a blueprint" of the planned-for effects as a reasonable guide for the actors and crew to get down things like scale and lighting. Multiple teams worked on effects from September 2015 to June 2016. Sage and co. did research and made schematics for the digital team and also got permission to use more than what was seen in the movie.  
- The Times Square battle started out as a stunt viz sequence created by stunt coordinator Walter Garcia. Working independent of production, Garcia produced an entire choreographed fight sequence with a stunt team, who became the four leads' stunt doubles, complete with effects done in Adobe After Effects. Paul Feig and visual effects supervisor Pete Travers were impressed but the battle was in the script at that point. 
- In an earlier version of the script, the battle was a much smaller fight involving prohibition-era ghosts. 
- The Times Square ghosts are basically the people who died in various eras in the last few hundred years. 
- The first ghost fought was inspired by Bowery Boys leader, William "Bill the Butcher" Poole. 
- The Times Square battle accounted for almost half the total number of shots that Sony Pictures Imageworks completed for the movie. 
- The fight was four and a half minutes at one point in production. But it was decided it didn't make much sense for the other ghosts to just stand there while only a few at time attacked like in an old Kung Fu movie. Sony didn't want to pay the cost of the entire fight. They settled on a fog, from which ghosts energize out of, to obscure the other background extras. Instead of AC/DC's "Shoot to Thrill," the music was replaced by a score made by Teddy Shapiro.  
- The Subway rat ghosts were worked by effects house Iloura. 
- In total, Iloura did 500 visual effects shots for the movie. 
- After the scene when Holtzmann battles some of the Times Square ghosts, her pack monitor reads "1984," a nod to the first movie.
- Lady Slimer was voiced by Robin Shelby, who portrayed Slimer in Ghostbusters II.
- Lady Slimer was based off of the wife of Looney Tunes character, the Tasmanian Devil. 
- When the Ghostbusters enter the Mercado, Rowan tries to throw a piano at them. It plays the variation of the Ghostbusters theme first heard in the first trailer for the movie.
- Rick Moranis' cameo would been as a Mercado resident, in his pajamas and robe, who wanders down and stands near the Ghostbusters unaware of what's happening. Possessed Kevin mockingly points him out as another Ghostbuster. They tell him to beat it. Brian Baumgartner filmed the scene in Moranis' place but it became a deleted scene anyway. 
- Similar to Gozer in the first movie, Rowan asks the Ghostbusters to choose a form for him.
- Rowan first manifests as the animated No Ghost Logo as the same seen at the start of the movie in the Ghost Corps title card.
- The No Ghost logo form Rowan first manifests as was done with traditional hand drawn animation. 
- Rowan first appears as the No-Ghost logo before he changes his appearance and grows huge like in his various sketches - in the diner scene and later when Erin looks through his copy of Ghosts From Our Past.
- During pre-visualization, the effects team used the Icon Ghost from The Real Ghostbusters as a place holder and planned for the design to evolve as work went on. 
- Like the two movies, the climax involves a giant being walking around crushing cars.
- The shot of Rowan's foot crushing the car resembles a similar shot when Lady Liberty's foot crushed a police car in Ghostbusters II.
- MPC did about 250 visual effects shots including work on Rowan's ghost form. 
- As the Mercado Hotel is destroyed by the vortex, there is a Terror Dog statue hidden among the debris. 
- Rowan rampaging down the street seemingly recreates the similar scene in the opening title sequence of The Real Ghostbusters.
- The Ghostbusters get an idea to change the flow of the vortex, a total protonic reversal. In the first movie, Ray realizes this would happen when they Cross the Streams.
- During the reports after the world is saved, a reporter is upstaged by a civilian in the background - a nod to the first movie when something similar happened in the first montage.
- Pat Kiernan's segment with Mayor Bradley was the first scene Kiernan filmed.
- During the reports, Al Roker makes a cameo.
- Roker did a set visit in Boston during filming.
- At the end, Patty's Uncle Bill is arrives in search of his hearse. He is portrayed by Ernie Hudson.
- Uncle Bill mistakes "the other side" as "New Jersey" - a classic jab at the Garden State.
- Uncle Bill becomes irate at Patty's suggestion of using one hearse for two bodies. Her Uncle retorted that he's "not stacking them like flapjacks." "Flapjack" was the codename for the movie during filming.
- In the second teaser during the credits, Holtzmann introduces Erin and Abby to her mentor Rebecca Gorin who is portrayed by Sigourney Weaver.
- Gorin has a "Screw U" brooch like Holtzmann.
- Weaver's cameo was changed from something else. A discarded idea was when no one believed the Ghostbusters and they driving around the city, Weaver approached them and told them she believed in them. But either walked away and laid down on the ground or went told someone else the same line.  
- In the post credits sequence, Patty tells the others she heard "Zuul" while listening for EVP. Zuul was one of the minions of Gozer in the first movie.
- The post credits teaser was a last minute addition right before the movie went into production. Katie Dippold pitched it among rewrites and Feig approved of it. 
- Near the end of the credits is a dedication to the late Ghostbusters fan Ryan Kemp, who passed away in 2015.
- The credits end with a dedication to the late Harold Ramis.
- In the Ghostbusters Annual 2015, on page 4, in panel 4, in the left corner, is a motorcycle that appears to be visually inspired by Kevin's Honda 1967 CL77 Scrambler dubbed Ecto-2.
- In Ghostbusters International #2, on page 5, in panel 5, to Ray's left is a medium sized frame with an instagram photo posted by Melissa McCarthy on August 25, 2015 in reaction to the Girl Power hash tag. It featured cast and crew from the Ghostbusters 2016 movie. 
- In Ghostbusters International #3, on page 6, in panel 3, the drawer labels are 2206 and 013335. Both were also recently employed as easter eggs on the new Proton Pack in teaser posters of the the movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #3, panel 5, the four waiting outside are visually based on the team in the Ghostbusters 2016 Movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #4, in the What Came Before! section, Janine's new hire is revealed to be named Kevin likely as a nod to the secretary of the same name in the 2016 movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #5, page 4, in panel 4, below the Twinkies is the collectible Ghostbusters pen that came with ticket sales of Ghostbusters (2016) in Japan.
- In Ghostbusters International #6, page 5, Miguel Castillo admits he thought the Ghostbusters were all men - perhaps a tongue in cheek nod to the general reactions to the new 2016 movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #7, page 17, In panel 6, on the whiteboard, is the equations written by Erin Gilbert in the Columbia University lecture hall at the start of the movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #7, page 18, in panel 4, there is are Ecto Cooler (2016) cans on top of the boxes
- In Ghostbusters International #7, page 20, in panel 3, on the right, is the Trap from the Ghostbusters 2016 movie
- In Ghostbusters International #7, page 20, in panel 3, the Twinkie on the ground appears to the Key Lime Slime Twinkie offered during the theatrical run of the movie
- In Ghostbusters International #8, page 1, in panel 3 and 5, atop the console, is a can of the 2016 Ecto Cooler.
- In Ghostbusters International #8, page 4, panel 2, in the upper left corner, the tray of Ecto Cooler cans atop a box of Cracker Jacques
- In Ghostbusters International #8, page 4, panel 2, on the whiteboard, is the equations written by Erin in the Columbia lecture hall at the start of the Ghostbusters 2016 movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #8, page 4, panel 2, the Trap from the Ghostbusters 2016 movie
- In Ghostbusters International #8, page 5, panel 1, the green bucket is J.S. Burgers' Green Smoothie offered during promotion of the 2016 movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #8, page 5, panel 2, Kylie looks at a Zhu's Authentic Hong Kong Food business card from "Ghosts From Our Past" promotional material.
- In Ghostbusters International #8, page 17, panel 3, to the right on the shelf is the P.K.E. Meter from the 2016 movie
- In Ghostbusters International #8, page 19, panel 1,
- Above the lamp is J.S. Burgers' Marshmallow Mad Burger from the 2016 movie promotion
- Right of Ray's first word balloon is a copy of Ghosts From Our Past
- In Ghostbusters International #8, page 23, the Special Agent in Boston is named after Jillian Holtzmann from the 2016 movie
- In Ghostbusters International #9, page 1, panel 3, the invoice Walter Peck holds out has many references to the 2016 movie
- The client is listed as "E Mulgrave" or Ed Mulgrave Jr.
- The order number in the upper right is "150716" or the date of the theatrical release July 15, 2016
- In the description section is a shooting location for the Aldridge Mansion Museum, Boston University Castle and its address: 225 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215
- Under the address is an "Attn Zach," a nod to Zach Woods who portrayed Tour Guide Garrett.
- In Ghostbusters International #9, page 20, panel 4, on the far right corner is the Containment Unit from the 2016 movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #10, page 20, panel 6, Loftur Þorsteinsson's "Ley Lines" book is visually inspired by the "Ley Lines: of North America" book from the 2016 movie.
- In Ghostbusters International #11, page 20, panel 7, under Ray, are Rowan's drawings of himself from his copy of "Ghosts From Our Past" in the 2016 movie.
- The drawing of giant Rowan grabbing people opposite of the 'Open the Barrier' page
- The close up drawing of Rowan's face opposite of 'The Fourth Cataclysm' page
- In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 7, in panel 3, on the far left is a menu with several items from J.S. Burger Cafe's promotion of the 2016 movie:
- The GB Burger
- Marshmallow Mad Burger
- Black Chilli Chips
- Green Ghost Shake
- In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 32, among the tray of P.K.E. Meters are some from the 2016 movie.
- In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 39:
- In panel 2, on the top shelf between Ray's word balloons is the Ecto-1 2016 toy mint.
- In panel 2, on the shelf behind Ray is a Trap from the 2016 movie.
- In panel 2, on the far right, on the tower monitor screen is the Ghost News website from Chapter 12 of the 2016 movie.
- In panel 2, on the cork board, top right, a scratch and win lottery ticket with Ghostbusters 2016 artwork seen in Fall 206 in BC, Canada.
- In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 42, in panel 3, over Ray's shoulder, is Abby's barren take out soup from the 2016 movie.
- In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 43, in panel 4, the green flier is Abby's from Chapter 5 of the 2016 movie when it's pointed out it copies the 9/11 motto "If you see something, say something."
- In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 43, in panel 5, on the left above the microwave is a drawing of Rowan's ghost form from the 2016 movie.
- In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 48:
- In panel 2, Mayhem from the 2016 movie appears.
- The Firehouse and Ecto-1 from the 2016 movie appear.
- The 2016 uniform is hung up on a locker.
- Kevin's hot dog design and the atomic symbol from the 2016 movie are on the locker
- In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 51, the promo page advertises the upcoming Ghostbusters 101 mini-series.
- The Proton Pack, Particle Thrower, Trap, and P.K.E. Meter from the 2016 movie appears
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