There aren’t many movies that I’ll actually go see at the theater — I’m usually a wait-for-it-on-DVD kinda gal. But last weekend, I took a trip down nostalgia lane and saw the new Ghostbusters and It. Was. Awesome! I loved the references to the original movies which, IMHO, is the best way to do a remake. Check out Inquisitr‘s list of Easter eggs!
Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies has also been on my desk, waiting for me to read. So after the movie, I wanted to see what Freeman had to say about the original Ghostbusters. While the focus of her Ghostbusters chapter is “How to Be a Man,” I loved the tidbits on how the final cut came to be:
- Dan Aykroyd originally envisioned it as a dual project for him and his bestie John Belushi.
- Slimer was a direct homage to Belushi.
- Reitman, Aykroyd, & Ramis ended up using a combination of Wizard of Oz archetypes (the lion, the scarecrow & the tin man) and personal character traits when developing the characters.
As for the all-woman reboot, Freeman states “a remake with women feels like a hopeful glimpse into the future, one in which women are trusted with genuine event movies that celebrate friendship as opposed to catfights.” There’s definitely a lot to think about after reading Freeman’s book and now I’m off to re-watch the originals and queue up Ray Parker Jr’s anthem!
Imagery at top via geek.com