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Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) 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. [1] [2]

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  • Columbia Pictures
  • In association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures
  • An Ivan Reitman/Pascal Pictures Production


Script Writers


  • Paul Feig


Executive Producer

Music Supervision



All Characters are listed as they first appear in the film

Main Characters

Minor Characters






Plot Synopsis

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. [6] The script would be reportedly written from scratch. [7] 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. [8]

On October 8, 2014, Paul Feig tweeted he was officially the director and would co-write with Katie Dippold. [9] Sony confirmed through Twitter as well. [10] 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. [11] 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'. [12]

On December 10, 2014, Rebel Wilson confirmed she had a meeting with Feig but would consider a role after seeing the finished script. [13]

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." [14]

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. [15]

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. [16]

On January 15, 2015, Feig confirmed the story would take place in New York and there will be "fun nods to the old movie." [17]

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. [18] [19] Sony Pictures released a tentative release date of July 22, 2016. [20]

On February 17, 2015, Dan Aykroyd confirmed he was an Executive Producer on the film. [21]

On February 18, 2015, Dan Aykroyd, while on Unmasked with Ron Bennington on Sirius XM, revealed he would be making contributions to the script. [22]

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." [23]

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. [24]

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. [25]

On June 10, 2015, it was reported Chris Hemsworth joined the cast as the receptionist. [26] Paul Feig confirmed the casting on his Twitter account. [27]

On June 29, 2015, Paul Feig posted a photo of the Ghostbusters' uniforms. [28]

On June 30, 2015, Paul Feig posted a photo of a Proton Pack. [29]

On July 4, 2015, Paul Feig provided photos and measurements of a Particle Thrower. [30]

On July 5, 2015, Paul Feig provided a photo and measurements of a Proton Pack. [31]

On July 6, 2015, it was reported Michael K. Williams was in talks to join the supporting cast. [32] 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. [33] Paul Feig posted a photo of a Proton Pack with parts labeled. [34]

On July 7, 2015, it was reported Neil Casey was cast as a villain named Rowan. [35] Paul Feig posted a photo of the Ecto-1. [36] He followed up and posted the rear of the new Ecto-1. [37]

On July 8, 2015, it was reported the Proton Pack was on display at the Mattel booth at San Diego Comic Con. [38] [39]

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. [40]

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. [41] 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. [42] [43]

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." [44]

On July 31, 2015, Luci Romberg confirmed she will be Melissa McCarthy's stunt double. It is her fourth time doubling for McCarthy. [45]

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. [46]

On August 8, 2015, it was rumored Bill Murray arrived late this week in Boston to reportedly film a role. [47]

On August 21, 2015, at 2:26 pm, Chris Hemsworth tweeted he finished filming his parts in the movie. [48]

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. [49]

On September 20, 2015, it was rumored Annie Potts would cameo as a hotel clerk. [50]

On September 25, 2015, Paul Feig confirmed Sigourney Weaver would make an appearance in the movie. [51]

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.' [52]

On November 5, 2015, it was reported some easter eggs and callbacks included Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and P.K.E. Meters. [53]

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." [54]

On December 9, 2015, it was reported Charles Dance has a role in the movie. [55]

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." [56] 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." [57]

On January 15, 2016, equipment props from the movie were present at a Rocket Licensing event. [58] [59]

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. [60]

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. [61]

On March 5, 2016, Andrew Shaffer confirmed the Higgins Science Institute will be explored in the movie. [62]

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. [63]

On April 11, 2016, Adam Ray announced he is the voice of Slimer. [64]

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. [65]

On June 21, 2016, Robin Shelby confirmed she has a role in the movie. [66]

On July 9, 2016, it was reported from the live cast of the movie premiere that Robin Shelby provided the voice of Slimette. [67]


The codename for the movie is Flapjack. [68] 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. [69]

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. [70]

On March 5, 2015, it was reported some filming would take place in Boston and sets were already in the process of being constructed. [71]

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. [72]

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. [73]

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. [74]

On June 17, 2015, Paul Feig posted a tweet and implied filming would start on Thursday June 18. [75]

Boston Schedule

Filming started on June 18, 2015 and is set to end in mid-September 2015. [76]

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. [77]

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. [78]

On August 14, 2015, The Castle at Boston University was dressed as the "Historic Aldridge Mansion Museum" for filming on August 17. [79]

On August 26, 2015, filming took place at the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park from Tuesday August 25 to Friday August 28. [80]


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. [81] [82] [83] [84]

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. [85] [86]

On June 30, 2015, Melissa McCarthy was seen in a jumpsuit and Kristen Wiig was wearing a Proton Pack in civies. [87]

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. [88]

On July 8, 2015, filming continued at the Chinatown set. [89] Leslie Jones was sighted filming. [90] Along with Ghostbusters branded motorcycles. [91] 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. [92] [93] [94] [95] Also seen on set were Honda motorcycles with the license plate "Ecto-2" [96] [97]

On July 9, 2015, all four actors were seen in jumpsuits. [98]

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. [99]

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. [100] Filming was scheduled at Batterymarch Street and Milk Street from 7 pm to 5 am. [101] [102]

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. [103]

On August 17, 2015, photos of Chris Hemsworth in a jumpsuit riding an Ecto-2 was taken. [104]

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. [105]

On September 15, 2015, filming started at the Stonehurst estate in Waltham. [106]

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. [107]

New York

On September 10, 2015, it was reported filming will take place in Tribeca at Church Street and Duane Street on Saturday, September 12. [108] [109]

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. [110] [111] Ecto-1 was seen in front of the Surrogate's Court at 31 Chambers Street. [112]

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. [113] A few minutes later, it was seen on West 58th Street, passing the intersection with 8th Avenue. [114]

On September 15, 2015, Ecto-1 was seen in Morningside Heights by Columbia University's Alfred Lerner Hall at 2920 Broadway. [115]

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. [116] It was reported Ernie Hudson appeared on set to shoot his cameo. [117]

Post Production

On September 9, 2015, Paul Feig hinted a teaser should be released by the end of the year. [118]

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. [119]

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. [120]

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. [121]

On May 2, 2016, it was reported a scheduled day-and-a-half of reshoots in downtown Los Angeles concluded in the morning. [122]

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. [123] McCarthy was seen on a rig with a Proton Pack and being flown through mid-air. Kristen Wiig was also sighted Monday. [124]

On May 4, 2016, Paul Feig worked on editing. [125]

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. [126]

On May 22, 2016, Paul Feig tweeted two screenings of the movie were conducted for the day. [127]

On May 24, 2016, Kristen Wiig did an ADR session. [128]

On May 29, 2016, Dan Akyroyd saw a test screening of the movie. [129]

On June 7, 2016, Dan Aykroyd saw the completed movie with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson. [130] [131]

On June 23, 2016, Paul Feig mentioned he was involved in press screenings all week. [132]

On July 5, 2016, Paul Feig, in an interview, noted the run time of the first cut was 4 hours and 15 minutes. [133]

On July 6, 2016, Patton Oswalt confirmed he saw an early screening of the movie and there is a post-credits scene. [134]



On February 2, 2016, Paul Feig announced the first full trailer will release at the end of the month. [135]

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. [136]

On March 2, 2016, Paul Feig revealed the trailer will be posted at 6 am PST/9 am EST/1400 GMT. [137]

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.

Foreign Markets

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 Chile Spanish
Cazafantasmas Latin America Colombia Spanish July 14, 2016
Cazafantasmas Latin America Ecuador Spanish July 15, 2016
Cazafantasmas Latin America Mexico Spanish
Cazafantasmas Latin America Panama Spanish
Cazafantasmas Latin America Peru Spanish
Cazafantasmas Latin America Uruguay Spanish
Cazafantasmas Latin America Venezuela Spanish July 22, 2016
Europe Belgium Dutch
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")
Europe Estonia English
(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
Ghostbusters Europe Ireland English
Ghostbusters Europe Italy Italian
Spoku mednieki
Охотники за привидениями
Europe Latvia Latvian
July 29, 2016
VAIDUOKLIŲ MEDŽIOTOJAI Europe Lithuania Lithuanian July 29, 2016
Szellemirtók Europe Hungary Hungarian
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
Caça-Fantasmas Europe Portugal Portuguese
Vânătorii de fantome Europe Romania Romanian
Охотники за привидениями Europe Russia Russian July 28, 2016
Ghostbusters Europe Switzerland English July 28, 2016
IZGANJALCEV DUHOV Europe Slovenia Slovenian
Krotitelia duchov Europe Slovakia Slovak July 28, 2016
ISTERIVAČI DUHOVA Europe Serbia Serbian
Ghostbusters Europe Finland Finnish July 22, 2016
Ghostbusters Europe Sweden Swedish July 22, 2016
Ghostbusters: Hayalet Avcıları Europe Turkey Turkish July 29, 2016
Europe Ukraine Ukrainian
July 28, 2016
Ghostbusters Europe United Kingdom English
Ghostbusters Asia Pacific Australia English July 14, 2016
ក្រុមកម្ចាត់ខ្មោច Asia Pacific Cambodia Khmer July 28, 2016
捉鬼敢死隊 Asia Pacific China Chinese
捉鬼敢死隊 Asia Pacific Hong Kong Chinese July 21, 2016
Ghostbusters Asia Pacific India English
Ghostbusters Asia Pacific Indonesia English
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 Philippines 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
บริษัทกำจัดผี Asia Pacific Thailand Thai
Biệt Đội Săn Ma Asia Pacific Vietnam Vietnamese July 15, 2016
غوستباسترز Middle East

(United Arab Emirates)

Arabic July 14, 2016
מכסחות השדים Middle East
Israel Hebrew July 28, 2016
Ghostbusters Middle East
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." [138]


On July 15, 2016, it was reported the movie cost $144 million to make and $140 million was spent on marketing. [139]

On July 20, 2016, it was reported a Sony representative denied the $144 million budget - claiming it was absolutely wrong and completely overinflated. [140]

Box Office

On June 23, 2016, it was reported the movie was tracking to earn $40-$50 million on its debut weekend. [141]

On July 15, 2016, it was reported the Thursday opening garnered $3.4 million. [142]

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. [143]

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. [144]

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. [145]

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. [146]


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. [147]

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. [148] The action figures have been in production for months. [149]

On January 7, 2016, Paul Feig posted a photo of Mattel's 6" prototype action figures of Abby, Erin, Jillian, and Patty. [150]

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. [151] [152]

On February 5, 2016, the LEGO set was previewed. It will be available July 1 for $59.99. [153]

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. [154]

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. [155]

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. [156] "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. [157]

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." [158]

On May 16, 2016, it was reported a soundtrack would release on July 8, 2016. [159]

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. [160]

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. [161]

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. [162]

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. [163] The movie score will release on July 8. [164]


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. [165]

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. [166] 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. [167] The first deleted scene was previewed, introducing Erin's sort-of-boyfriend Phil portrayed by Justin Kirk. [168]

For full coverage of news and information on Home Entertainment Releases, please see Ghostbusters (2016) Blu-Ray

Television Broadcast

On August 9, 2016, it was reported FX bought the rights to broadcast Ghostbusters. [169]


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." [170]

On July 18, 2016, in an interview, Ivan Reitman confirmed all the repercussions of the movie have been discussed included the end credit teaser. [171] 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." [172]

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." [173]


  • 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. [174]
  • 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. [175]
  • 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. [176]
  • 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.' [177]
  • The first cut of the movie was 4 hours and 15 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. [178]
  • There was about 1600 visual effects shots total. [179]
  • Six effects houses worked on the movie. [180]
    • Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI)
      • Worked on: Ghosts of Times Square Past, Slimer, and Proton Pack test in alley
    • Iloura
      • 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
    • MPC
      • Worked on: Mercado Hotel exterior and interior, Slimer, and Rowan Ghost
  • The late Harold Ramis' wife, children, and grandchildren were on set for two "super-emotional" days. [181]
  • The Tour Guide was Katie Dippold's idea. [182]
  • The Anti-Irish Fence was improvised by Zach Woods, who portrayed the Tour Guide. [183]
  • Gertrude Aldridge was in part loosely inspired by Lizzy Borden. [184]
  • Gertrude was originally an ugly old woman. [185]
  • 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). [186]
  • 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. [187]
  • Erin was an associate professor and specialized in the study of a subatomic particle called a neutrino, nicknamed the "ghosts of the standard model." [188]
  • 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. [189]
  • After Dean Filmore leaves Erin's office, a bronze bust is visible in the hall. The bust is of the late-Harold Ramis. [190]
    • Incidentally, in early drafts of Ghostbusters II, Egon was a professor teaching quantum physics at Columbia.
  • 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!"
    • Whereas, on Egon, Ray, and Peter's door, the note read, "Venkman, burn in hell"
  • The helmet Abby wears is a homage to the Aura Video-Analyzer colander possessed Louis Tully wore late into the first movie. [191]
  • Erin insists books can't fly.
  • Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland was inspired by Harpo Marx for Holtzmann's eclectic clothing choices. [192]
  • Holtzmann has bits of McKinnon's traits: "From another planet," joyful, friendly, and wants to connect. [193] [194]
  • 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. [195]
  • Bess Rous wore a LED light suit and was placed in a rig that took her up and down. [196]
  • For one take, Rous unexpectedly screamed and scared Kristen Wiig and all the others. [197]
  • 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. [198]
  • 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. [199] 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. [200]
    • Patty Tolan's name was a direct nod to McCarthy's Irish ethnicity. [201]
  • According to Feig, he mentally cast Jones after seeing her on SNL's "Weekend Update" segment. [202]
  • 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. [203]
  • 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. [204]
  • 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. [205]
  • 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.
  • 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. [206]
  • 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. [207]
  • 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. [208]
  • Jeffrey Kurland and Chris Hemsworth went through several pairs of glasses to see which one suited Kevin. [209]
  • The receptionist was always going to be male. During production Kristen Wiig improvised Erin having a crush on Kevin. [210]
  • 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. [211]
  • The Mike Hat joke was improvised by Chris Hemsworth while filming the interview scene. [212]
  • 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.
  • 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. [213] [214]
  • 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. [215]
    • The prop thrower was a large LED bar. [216]
  • The YouTube comments were always in the script but modified slightly in reaction to the online backlash against the movie. [217]
  • 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
  • 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. [218] [219] [220]
  • 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. [221]
  • While filming the scene with Pat Kiernan, Bill Murray recognized one of the technicians as someone he worked with on Saturday Night Live. [222]
  • 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. [223]
  • 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.


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  172. Empire Online "Ghostbusters Sequel May Leave New York" 7/18/16 Paul Feig says: "I've got a story in line...I might go to some other places too...I've always steered clear of doing sequels just because I always liked to do new stuff but this world is so rich and this cast is so great [that] I'd be open to it. There's so much stuff that can be done."
  173. Yahoo! Movies "Screenwriter Katie Dippold on How 'Ghostbusters' Changed and Why 'The Heat 2' Isn't Happening" 7/20/16
  174. Semlyen, Nick (2016). Empire Magazine Issue 324 June 2016, p. 60. Bauer Media Group, Harborough, Leicester, United Kingdom, ISBN 1234567890. Line reads: "Feig called his writing partner Katie Dippold and arranged to meet with her on the convention floor at Comic-Con. Next to a Guardians of the Galaxy space-pod in the Marvel section, to be precise."
  175. Semlyen, Nick (2016). Empire Magazine Issue 324 June 2016, p. 60. Bauer Media Group, Harborough, Leicester, United Kingdom, ISBN 1234567890. Line reads: "Having disconnected their Internet, Feig and Dippold began the script in October 2014 keeping Hallowe'en decorations up at Dippold's house throughout the writing process to enhance the mood."
  176. The Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip Podcast 201b 18:38-18:56 3/4/16 Paul Feig says: "I--I know some people are, 'Why isn't it a sequel instead of a reboot?' I didn't like, personally, them being handed technology -- 'here's how to do this.' I want to see it developed and I love -- I'm a tech-head. So it's cool to see all these Proton Packs in the front. I'm totally geeking out."
  177. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 05:42-05:59 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "But we couldn't shoot in New York because we couldn't get the tax break we needed so we went back to Boston where I shot "The Heat" and when we were prepping I was going, 'Maybe I should set it in Boston...' because I hate kind of making one city look like another one and came close to doing it but I was like again it's such a New York story I couldn't do it."
  178. Collider "‘Ghostbusters’ Director Paul Feig Says an Extended Cut Will Be on the Blu-ray" 7/11/16 Line reads: "The editor's first cut was 4 hours and 15 minutes, and I trimmed that down to a slim 3 and a half hours (laughs). We generate a lot of stuff and I always wanna have all the underpinnings of a big, emotional story, and because of that it just added a lot of extra scenes that as you're going through, you know you have to make a lot of choices because I knew I had to bring this down under two hours. You just start weeding and saying, 'What do people want to delve deeper into and what do we wanna just kind of skirt through and get to the fun parts?'...We actually just finished [the extended cut] so it's about another 15 minutes longer, but I will also include a lot of the deleted scenes and extra material that we have on the DVD."
  179. Semlyen, Nick (2016). Empire Magazine Issue 324 June 2016, p. 65. Bauer Media Group, Harborough, Leicester, United Kingdom, ISBN 1234567890. Line reads: "Well into mixing the film's sound and approving its 1,600 or so visual effects shots, the director looks relaxed enough."
  180. Semlyen, Nick (2016). Empire Magazine Issue 324 June 2016, p. 64. Bauer Media Group, Harborough, Leicester, United Kingdom, ISBN 1234567890. Paul Travers says: "We have six effects houses working on the movie, and the thing all of them wanted to do was Slimer."
  181. Semlyen, Nick (2016). Empire Magazine Issue 324 June 2016, p. 65. Bauer Media Group, Harborough, Leicester, United Kingdom, ISBN 1234567890. Line reads: "Harold Ramis' wife and children, says Pascal, dropped by the set on two "super-emotional" days."
  182. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 12:50-12:59 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "That was -- that was Katie Dippold. She was really hot on the idea on like having it be a tour guide giving like a tour of this haunted mansion and so we played with it from there."
  183. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 13:52-14:14 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "That's pure Zach Woods. I mean he is such a genius. Such a brilliant improvisor and so every take he was coming up with different things and then just made us laugh as it's so 'back in those days' like everything was so much prejudice and weird things against the Italians and Irish in our country so it felt like a good play on this old mansion."
  184. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 14:34-15:07 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "No, it was... we just liked the idea of this sort of spooky history of this Lizzy Borden-type character who killed people and the family locked her down. That's a real -- Katie Dippold likes that sort of spooky stuff like that and it just felt... I -- we really like the idea that there's the ghost that would be powerful enough to work their way back or would stick around to be re-energized are the one's carrying enormous hatred and evil with them."
  185. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 15:09-15:37 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "Originally it was written to be this sort of ugly old woman then I worked with Bess Rous. She was one of the stars of my show "Other Space" I did for Yahoo! that's been geo blocked here which I'm trying to desperately get you guys because I love it and she's so great. She's perfect. She can do that almost Kubrick-ian thing where 'beautiful face but minute she tips her head down like the face becomes evil and the eyes get evil' and stuff like that. So I was, it has to be Bess."
  186. PC Magazine "Reimagining Ghostbusters, and Proton Packs, for 2016" 7/11/16 Line reads: "The inspiration went beyond just facilities, though. In one scene in the movie, Wiig's Gilbert stands in front of a lecture hall, speaking on challenges of reconciling quantum mechanics with Einstein's gravity. On the whiteboards, behind her, a series of equations tells the same story: a self-contained narrative, written by Winslow and later transcribed on set, illustrating the failure of a once-promising physics theory called SU(5). (Yes, "Pa/RA(NO x RM)alS + UDIes/Lab" might be an easter egg, but "conformal compensator superfields" are a real thing."
  187. Boston Globe " Meet the MIT physicists who vetted the science in ‘Ghostbusters’" 7/27/16 Line reads: "Winslow herself spent a week writing out a lengthy and elaborate Grand Unifying Theory known as SU(5). (You can spot it in a scene where Wiig's character, Erin Gilbert, while trying to earn tenure at Columbia, prepares to speak on the challenge of unifying quantum mechanics and gravity.)."
  188. Boston Globe " Meet the MIT physicists who vetted the science in ‘Ghostbusters’" 7/27/16 Line reads: "Like Wiig's character, Winslow is an assistant professor. She studies a subatomic particle called a neutrino. So little is known about neutrinos they're called the "ghosts of the standard model," Winslow said."
  189. Wired "The MIT Physicists Who Infused Ghostbusters With Real Science" 7/11/16 Line reads: "With Winslow now on parental leave, the production asked Conrad to create physics papers and grant applications to use as props on the character’s desks—something she did in almost absurd detail. Wiig’s character got a paper on neutrinos, formatted in the style of real-world journal Physical Review Letters. (There’s an even deeper homage as well: on the paper, Gilbert’s coauthor is one G.F. Siegal—the name of Lindley Winslow’s new baby.) Meanwhile, an antagonist named Rowan North got a string theory paper on Feynman ghost diagrams, which offered the opportunity for a little interdisciplinary ribbing. “Of course we made the woman a neutrino theorist and the bad guy a string theorist,” Conrad says."
  190. paulfeig Tweet 7/15/16
  191. Empire Online "Ghostbusters - trailer breakdown with Paul Feig" 3/9/16 Paul Feig says: "Melissa wanted some piece of equipment that's odd when we first see her. We looked around at a bunch of different stuff and got inspired by the original. A funny helmet is always fun."
  192. Empire Online "Ghostbusters - trailer breakdown with Paul Feig" 3/9/16 Paul Feig says: "Our costume designer, Jeffrey Kurland's preliminary designs had her in these very out of the ordinary outfits. I liked how eclectic we were making Holtzmann – to me she's almost Harpo Marx, who just appropriates all this clothing. You imagine her room is just this enormous pile of clothes she's found in dumpsters and Goodwill and bought at garage sales. The glasses, I liked the idea of her wearing glasses and Kate liked the idea of having something to play with. When those goggles were brought out that was a home run. She goes through a few different eyewear looks, but that one in the trailer is my favourite look of hers."
  193. Entertainment Weekly "Kate McKinnon on proton packs, playing a scientist, and all things Ghostbusters" 4/15/16 Kate McKinnon says: "She hits close to home for me in that she's kind of on another planet. She's joyful and friendly and wants to connect, but also [she begs the question], 'What the heck are you talking about, girl?'."
  194. Entertainment Weekly "Kate McKinnon on proton packs, playing a scientist, and all things Ghostbusters" 4/15/16 Kate McKinnon says: "Paul told me once it was based on me. He said that it was sort of inspired by some of my traits."
  195. fxguide "Who you gonna call? Call Illoura, MPC, SPI, & Zero VFX" 8/10/16 Line reads: "One of the key ghosts the Illoura team helped design was Gertrude, seen early on in the film when the team interact with the tour guide played by Zach Woods."
  196. The Verge "Analyzing the Ghostbusters trailer with director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold" 3/3/16 Line reads: "To be able to get Bess Rous, who was one of my actors in Other Space, I thought that would be great if she was the ghost [in the museum scene]. So we got here in this LED light suit, and put her on this rig that took her up and down."
  197. The Verge "Analyzing the Ghostbusters trailer with director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold" 3/3/16 Line reads: "But then she could interact with my cast, and even surprise them. At one point, she did this thing where they didn't expect it: she just screamed. It scared the shit out of Kristen and all the others. It was great."
  198. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 25:28-25:57 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "We had it scripted that she was just snacking the whole time because it would be really fun in that thing y'know for a joke in a very tense moment. Someone bites into a chip and scares the shit out of you. So yeah, it just became Pringles because it was just easier for her to carry around. We have no deal with Pringles I will tell you that. It's not like we're making any kind of money from Pringles which because at first I was like, 'Hey, let's get a deal with Pringles!' but they're like they didn't want anything to do with us. I have to change it to something else! But it's a can, the only chip that comes in a can I can think of."
  199. Waltham Patch "'Ghostbusters' Starts Filming in Waltham This Week" 9/15/15
  200. Empire Online "Ghostbusters - trailer breakdown with Paul Feig" 3/9/16 Paul Feig says: "Actually, when Katie and I wrote the script, we had written the role with Melissa in mind, but then I thought I've seen Melissa play a brash, larger than life character. She's done it in my movies before."
  201. LA Times "Upset about an all-female 'Ghostbusters'? Screenwriter Katie Dippold makes no apologies" 4/24/16 Katie Dippold says: "Dippold said she originally pictured McCarthy for that role and gave the character an Irish name in a nod to the actress' ethnicity."
  202. Sperling, Nicole (2016). Entertainment Weekly, p. 72. Time Inc, New York City NY USA, ISBN 092567102150. Line reads: "In Feig's mind, Jones landed the role the moment he saw her first stint on SNL's "Weekend Update"."
  203. IGN "What we learned on the set of the Ghostbusters Reboot" (page 1) 4/28/16 Leslie Jones says: "I've lost 27 pounds with the packs and the running and everything. It's pretty brutal. I take a lot of Epsom salt baths, I get a lot of massages, and I go to the chiropractor twice a week. [laughs] I have to, I'm old, everything is breaking. I'm like humpty dumpty."
  204. fxguide "Who you gonna call? Call Illoura, MPC, SPI, & Zero VFX" 8/10/16 Line reads: "It's a great moment, which let us help sell the story for the filmmakers – that’s our entire vision in life at Zero VFX."
  205. fxguide "Who you gonna call? Call Illoura, MPC, SPI, & Zero VFX" 8/10/16 Line reads: "The team nicknamed the ghost "Fred." The brief was make Fred look cool, but to also play on the notion that he had been electrified, as he was the ghost of the first person to be put in the electric chair in New York. This meant adding things such as vapour or plasma."
  206. fxguide "Who you gonna call? Call Illoura, MPC, SPI, & Zero VFX" 8/10/16 Line reads: "Another Iloura creation was the band of mirror ghouls, envisioned by the filmmakers as decomposed creatures recessed in a dark world who take on a suggestive form from afar, but becoming more legible as they approach the mirror surface and tried to escape. To achieve this vision, Iloura’s artists developed a number of looks for the translucent creatures from the recessed world, as well as more creepy, human-like forms that appear close to the surface. Cooler shading and lighting tones were utilized behind the glass, which shifted to warmer tones as the ghouls approach the surface; a technique that helped inform the audience of their other-worldly environment and their relationship to ours."
  207. Cineblog "Ghostbusters, Paul Feig in Rome: a report from the press" (retrieved through Google Translate) 6/27/16 Line reads: "There his son, in a scene during the rock concert, and more. In the first scene where you see the fire station appears Harold's daughter with her grandson in her arms, but also the Ramis widow has made its contribution, having almost never left the set."
  208. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 03:03-03:08 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "So immediately I said, "If I do this, I want you to play this Australian so you can be yourself"."
  209. Cinema Blend "10 Ecto-Cool Things We Learned on theGhostbusters Set" page 8 4/28/16 Jeffrey Kurland says: "He wanted to create a character that was different from his persona and we thought the glasses will be great to break away from that. So we tried on several pairs to see what suited the character that he wanted to play and that was the best one."
  210. Yahoo! Movies "Screenwriter Katie Dippold on How 'Ghostbusters' Changed and Why 'The Heat 2' Isn't Happening" 7/20/16 Katie Dippold says: "We always thought male. At least in the script, the hunky part wasn't super-important. And actually even Kristen having a crush on him, she just kind of improvised and started doing it. That was something that happened during production."
  211. Yahoo! Movies "Screenwriter Katie Dippold on How 'Ghostbusters' Changed and Why 'The Heat 2' Isn't Happening" 7/20/16 Katie Dippold says: "Kevin probably changed the most because originally his character was this apathetic [guy]… I thought about what would have to be the most frustrating thing for them to deal with in an assistant? Cause these people are trying so hard to do this thing and they're really passionate trying to prove something. So I thought they'd have this guy who was super-apathetic… But then in hindsight, I don't think apathy is the funnest thing to play. And also because we changed it so he's rescued in the third act. Melissa had a point like, "We need to care about getting this person back." So we started playing around with it and Chris started improvising a lot, and it kind of became this lovable dummy."
  212. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 02:28-02:32 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "That was actually -- that came from the mind of the genius Chris Hemsworth."
  213. Cinema Blend "10 Ecto-Cool Things We Learned on theGhostbusters Set" page 10 4/28/16 'Line reads says: "Curious about this aspect of the movie, I asked Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig about any freaky moments during production, and both reflected on one particular sequence set in a subway tunnel. During the scene, their characters are chased down a tunnel by a speedy ghost covered in heavy prosthetic and blue lights, and apparently they received a few good shoves. Evidently it was quite the creepy experience for the women, and even though McCarthy has actually known the guy for a decade, it still managed to freak her out."
  214. Cinema Blend "10 Ecto-Cool Things We Learned on theGhostbusters Set" page 10 4/28/16 Kristen Wiig says: "He was glowing with blue lights, and his teeth, and he was above us, going at a speed, and we sort of had to run away from him. There was one take where he went faster than normal and we were like, 'Oh my God!'."
  215. fxguide "Who you gonna call? Call Illoura, MPC, SPI, & Zero VFX" 8/10/16 Line reads: "Zero VFX also got to focus on the Proton packs for another sequence when the new devices are first used in anger in the subway. On set for the subway, unlike in the Times Square sequence, the correct props were worn by the actresses but the end gun and the plasma rays were digital."
  216. fxguide "Who you gonna call? Call Illoura, MPC, SPI, & Zero VFX" 8/10/16 Line reads: "The beam was sometimes animated by hand and sometimes procedurally generated, but in both cases the beam was generated in Houdini. The prop gun was a large LED bar that had to be removed in post, but it provided the much needed contact lighting on the actresses. "Often times there’s a two-foot LED light beam attached to the barrel of the proton gun," says Brian Drewes, co-founder of Zero VFX (Boston). "Removing it was a complicated challenge, especially when there was practical ectoplasm covering it. That's where a lot of goop enhancements come to bear."."
  217. EMPIRE Online "Empire Podcast: Ghostbusters Spoiler Special with Paul Feig" 07:50-08:01 7/27/16 Paul Feig says: "No, that was just kind of -- came in the moment because we just had a bunch of alt jokes we were doing for what was going to show when Kristen goes over to that monitor and reads that thing. And that was just one of the ones we wrote."
  218. Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "About a month later, there was an urgent phone call saying, "We have another scene for you. It's not the same scene, and we're pretty sure you'll want to clear your schedule for this one. Could you be in Boston on these days?" It was right in the middle of summer vacation, and they were very mysterious about it, but I said okay."
  219. Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "There were a couple of scripted lines, and Paul Feig, as he is with everything on his movies, just let the actors try to do their things and build on those lines. He just had us do the scene several times with the core of the lines that they'd written, but we’d bounce back in and out of what Bill could come up with on the spot. He succeeded at being the difficult interviewee, and he enjoyed the fact that he was making me squirm a little bit while trying to keep up as the straight man anchor."
  220. Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "The actual time on set with Bill was about 40 minutes, and, as you know from reports back at the time, he was not the first of the alumni to sign up."
  221. Cineblog "Ghostbusters, Paul Feig in Rome: a report from the press" (retrieved through Google Translate) 6/27/16 Line reads: "Murray did not want to do anything and we have proposed the role of a character who does not believe in ghosts. He found interesting, however, does not immediately accepted, so much so that until two days before the shooting did not know if he would have shot."
  222. Entertainment Weekly "Ghostbusters: Anchor Pat Kiernan talks cameo with original star" 7/18/16 Pat Kiernan says: "As he walked into this huge old converted warehouse they made into a sound stage, he recognized one of the technicians who I think he worked with on SNL, and he goes, "How the hell are you, man?" The two of them just had this warm exchange, and I think it put everyone at ease, because I think there had been some tension over the fact that it was just a one-day shoot and he hadn't been initially eager to do the movie."
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