Ghostbusters (2020)

Ghostbusters Toys Are Coming Home to Hasbro

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Just in time for Jason Reitman’s new Ghostbusters film in 2020, Hasbro will be returning to the property that found Kenner Products success during the time of The Real Ghostbusters in the late 1980’s and will be the global master toy licensee for Ghostbusters moving forward. From 1986 to 1991, the Kenner Real Ghostbusters line was a best seller for the company. Kenner was purchased by Hasbro in 1991, around the same time the toy line came to a close.

Additionally, Hasbro has announced an ambitious and praise-worthy initiative to eliminate plastics from their packaging beginning in 2020 to assist in global efforts of conservation and sustainability.

The full press-release from Hasbro is below:

SONY PICTURES CONSUMER PRODUCTS TAPS HASBRO AS GLOBAL MASTER TOY LICENSEE FOR GHOSTBUSTERS™

New Product Line Launches in 2020

PAWTUCKET, R.I. AND LOS ANGELES – AUG. 21, 2019 – Today, Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced that Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, has been named the master toy licensee for Ghostbusters worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Hasbro will create a wide variety of toys inspired by the franchise and its entertainment properties globally designed to appeal to both fans of the original franchise, and a new generation of Ghostbusters around the world. Hasbro’s Ghostbusters line will be available in 2020, aligning with the promotion of the highly anticipated new Ghostbusters movie that is slated for Summer 2020 in the U.S.

The upcoming product line marks a return to the Ghostbusters franchise by Hasbro. From 1986 to 1991, Kenner, which is now part of Hasbro, created and marketed The Real Ghostbusters toy line, with many of the original developers from Kenner still working with Hasbro. More recently, Hasbro collaborated with Sony Pictures to create the Transformers Generations Collaborative: Ghostbusters Mash-Up Ecto-1 Ectotron which is currently available for pre-order exclusively at GameStop and HasbroPulse.com. Additionally, a Transformers / Ghostbusters crossover comic series is now available from IDW. These collaborations honor both brands’ 35th anniversaries this year.

“Ghostbusters is an iconic and beloved franchise and we are excited and honored to return to the brand as the global master toy licensee and bring new product to the next generation of fans,” said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President, Hasbro. “Drawing on Hasbro’s proprietary insights and culture of innovation, we are working closely with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to create a dynamic new toy line that we can’t wait to share with fans around the world.”

“As we build up to release our new Ghostbusters film next year, it was a natural choice to work with Hasbro to develop an all-new line of toys that not only celebrates the new film but also brings us back to the roots of the original film and toy line,” said Jamie Stevens, Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Consumer Products. “Hasbro has a proven track record of working with well-known IP to make a variety of high-quality toys and figures that appeal to people of all ages and we are excited to leverage this expertise to bring new product experiences to Ghostbusters fans around the world.”

Enter Paul Rudd to Ghostbusters (2020)

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This morning, in a surprise announcement accompanied by a pretty hilarious video on social media, the latest casting for Jason Reitman’s upcoming Ghostbusters film was revealed via Variety: Paul Rudd will be joining the new cast for production which begins in a couple weeks. It is not clear what his role will be at this time. (EDIT: According to Variety he’ll be playing a teacher.) He joins Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and McKenna Grace as the confirmed members of the cast. According to Jason Reitman at Ghostbusters Fan Fest, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver have all read the script. And, just recently on her press tour for Toy Story 4, Annie Potts excitedly didn’t deny that she had heard a thing or two about the new film.

Long-time fans may be having flashbacks as, in 2009 when a third Ghostbusters film was rumored to involve Judd Apatow Rudd’s name was among those that were speculated to be in his recast crew. So persistent were the casting rumors back then that Rudd had to deny his involvement. But now, there’s no denying his involvement this time around.

This will most likely be the first among many announcements and news items as production ramps up in Calgary.

The Next Chapter in the Ghostbusters Franchise Begins

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What an absolute whirlwind of a 48-hour span. On Tuesday of this week, Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed that Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) and son of Ghostbusters producer/director and Ghost Corps head Ivan Reitman would write and direct a Ghostbusters film set in the original universe from the first two films. Writer Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist) will co-write the new script with him.

The news is doubly surprising for two reasons:

First of all, Jason Reitman has often been asked if he would ever grab the keys to the Ecto-1 and had always been reluctant to do so - often answering that he prefers making small independent features. But, as the EW article states, Jason approached his father with an idea for a story that immediately took flight and the rest is history. Never say never, as it seems.

Secondly, in an era of faster-than-light news cycles, the film has been operating under the radar completely in secret. Using a security title of “Rust City,” the script has been in development for seemingly quite some time, a production office has been opened (as evidenced by “Rust City” appearing in last week’s Production Weekly), and casting for the film has already begun - again, completely in secret.

If this weren’t enough of a surprise bombshell for a random Tuesday in January, Sony Pictures and Ghost Corps followed up their surprise announcement with a teaser trailer early on Wednesday morning. The tease, more of an announcement than a full length teaser trailer, shows the Ecto-1, long-neglected and rusting under a tarp, housed in a barn where someone is conducting tests with a proton pack. The original Ecto-1, the original proton beam visual effects and even Elmer Bernstein’s iconic themes are featured in the teaser.

More on the film as it develops here on Ghostbusters HQ, and as always, tune-in to the Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip podcast this coming Monday morning for more news, analysis, and commentary.