‘Ghostbusters’ to return to theaters in advance of Blu-Ray release

June 05, 2014 | 2:25 p.m.
Bill Murray, left, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in "Ghostbusters." (Columbia Pictures)

Bill Murray, left, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in “Ghostbusters.” (Columbia Pictures)

Fire up your proton packs, “Ghostbusters” fans: The beloved 1984 comedy classic is set to hit theaters once more.

To celebrate the three decades since Venkman, Stanz, Spengler and Zeddemore toppled the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Sony Pictures will re-release the film in more than 700 locations in the United States and Canada for a limited engagement starting Aug. 29, the studio announced Thursday.

The film has been restored and remastered in 4K for the release.

“Ghostbusters” starred Bill Murray in one of his most iconic roles, playing the charming, wise-cracking Peter Venkman, who, along with fellow parapsychologists Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), find themselves protecting the city of New York from supernatural mayhem. Business grows so brisk, they’re even forced to recruit a fourth member of the team, Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson).

The movie also starred Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis in uproarious turns.

Directed by Ivan Reitman, the comedy spawned not only a 1989 follow-up but also two animated television series, “The Real Ghostbusters” and “Extreme Ghostbusters,” and several video games.

On the heels of the theatrical re-release, Sony will issue a 30th anniversary Blu-Ray of “Ghostbusters” and a 25th anniversary Blu-Ray of “Ghostbusters II” on Sept. 16.

The franchise is also moving into the 21st century in other ways — Ghostbusters.com launched this week in conjunction with Sony’s announcement.

There remains interest in a potential third sequel. Aykroyd, in particular, has long expressed his willingness to return to the franchise, though any future installment would be without the voice of Ramis, who died earlier this year at age 69 from complications due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.

– Justin Sullivan | @LATHeroComplex

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