Thursday, July 20, 2017

SDCC Ghostbusters news (Update)

From comments here...

Okay, turns out the animated film, and the ghost-point-of-view film are one and the same.
here's what was actually said.

“I think we have wonderful plans, both for an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already and a really great story,” Reitman said to audience cheers. “That’s going to surprise everybody, I think, when it comes out. And we’re dealing with Ghost World quite a lot. We’re looking at the film from a ghost point-of-view, and the Ghostbusters from a ghost point-of-view. I think that would be something very interesting for you. And of course a new live-action film.”

Also from the same article..

"Reitman teased the lead ghost in the new animated film would wind up joining the team of Ghostbusters".

I didn't think the animated film multiplying sounded right...
Stupid Twitter...

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SDCC Ghostbusters news.

Okay, it's two and a half hours since the event, and nothing else has rolled in, so I guess this is it.

The IDW panel revealed what the next arc in the mainline GB comics title is, and it's...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2.
Looks like the guys will be going to the Turtles world this time.

And of course, yesterday, they announced the GB:ATC spinoff title.

TMNT/GB drops November, GBATC drops October.

Those are the clearest most definitive reveals.
From here on, it gets a little murky.

So, Ivan Reitman was there, and he was the big thing I was waiting all week for.
He confirmed TWO movies in the pipeline.

The animated one that they're working on, still no details.

And (the long rumored, but never properly sourced or confirmed) one that explores the ghost world from a ghost's perspective.
Presumably also animated.

And then there's these two Tweets...

"Ivan just said they're trying to tie one of the new films to the 35th anniversary in 2019".

"Ivan said they're thinking about giving a new GB film a little "Rogue One", treatment for certain characters "Hint!" He said. Bringing back Ramis? De-aging characters? We're not sure".

Nothing on Ecto-Force.

Ivan also mentioned "Stranger Things 2", with the Ghostbusters theme to the kids play (like D&D in year 1). That had to be approved by Ghostcorps, so that's kind of a tie-in.

And a bunch of toys, which are neat, but it's the films I care about

So, that's it, the comics and the toys were the big things they front-loaded this year.
Least we sorta have a time table on the next flicks.

These were the "big announcements", they dangled at us for the 33rd anniversary, but didn't deliver on, because they wanted to moosh everything together for SDCC, and really milk it for one big info dump of the whole franchise.

I'm not gonna truly believe anything until we get titles, and casts, and they start shooting something.
I've been through this before with Ghostbusters 3.
But, I'll try to be optimistic.

So, I'll retro-link this in comments for both the GBATC 1st anniversary, and the GB1 33rd anniversary.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Quickie tech updates.

Sidebar overhaul.

Fixed the recent comments widget, and moved it up in priority, and moved other stuff down.
Deleted the Feedjit map, that's been broken forever.
I keep meaning to do spring cleaning on subscribers, because I suspect a lot of them are spammers, but I haven't had the heart to possibly wipe out innocents.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ghostbusters: Answer The Call spinoff comic!!

Well, if they keep spilling the beans like this, the wait towards Thursday might be a little less painful after all.

I totally saw this coming a mile away.
You don't introduce the girls into canon in "GB 101", to just abandon and forget them after.
No, you introduce new characters, you're thinking spinoff.
So, this news has come out before the Comic-Con announcement, whatever that's going to be.

It has the female creative team of Kelly Thompson and Corin Howell.
The Comic-Con thing is going to have the male team that does the mainline GB book, so this ain't gonna be that announcement.
This is on top of that.
I have theories as to what that other thing's gonna be.

It's a 5 issue limited series, presumably to test the waters before an ongoing series.
Regular Ghostbusters started limited too.
Fingers crossed for this taking off.

More details at this link.

Retro linking this to the GBATC 1st anniversary post via comments.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Martin Landau (1928-2017)

He passed Saturday.
I remember him best for "Ed Wood", so here's all the times I mentioned that...
And here's his IMDB.

Fucked up weekend.
Awesome things in sci-fi, but a bunch of deaths.
Fucking roller-coaster.

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George Romero (1940-2017)

Dammit, cancer.
Dammit, cigarette industry.

Here's my old Halloween thing on him.
Here's the Dead Series separately.
Here's an update on that.
Here's future projects that got stuck in the mud.

He had more work to do.
This sucks.
It sucks a lot.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Happy 1st anniversary, Ghostbusters: Answer The Call!

Yep, a year ago today, I was going to see it for the first time.
So here's all that went on...

Answer The Call-

Buildup to 101-
Ghostbusters 101. (still ongoing)

Buildup to today-

Well, like I said here...

GB:ATC premiered last night on Starz.
I fell asleep to it.
I had just got done watching it on Blu-Ray as counter-programming to the dumb Superbowl.
Weird feeling coming full circle from trying to get to sleep to wake up to see it at the theater in the summer, to falling asleep with it on TV.
Kind of a comfy sensation, actually.

..I've seen it on Starz, and I continue to watch it every time it happens to be on, and my small handful of appointment shows aren't on.

Even though I much prefer the extended cut, the theatrical cut that they play is just fine by me, and it gets better every time I see it.
I notice new things every time.
It ages like a fine wine.

And, it takes me back to '85 when the original one was on HBO, and I watched it almost every time then, and never got sick of it.
Same thing now.

Together with theater viewings, blu-ray viewings, and Starz, I've probably seen the film in the neighborhood of 15 times now.
Probably more.
(Make that 16, I fired up the Blu-Ray again this week, and watched the extended cut again, the first commentary, and all the deleted/extended scenes. I wrote the rest of this earlier, but added this just now)

In fact, now that the GB101 comics are coming out, I go back to it after every new issue to spot all the ways it connects up, and the way the new canon changes the meaning of certain scenes.
For example, the after credits scene finally has a sequel payoff.

I worried that I might wake up one day, and see it the way the haters do, and not like it anymore, and my love of it might have been a delusion, but nope, I truly do love this flick.

Cuz, that happened to the couple that runs the "Yes Have Some", podcast, they soured on it.
OTOH, one of the guys from the "Interdimensional Crossrip", podast sees it like I do.
So, it's still a split down the middle of fandom.

Anyhoo, we're two issues away from the climax of GB101, and there's going to be some Ghostbusters franchise reveals at Comic-Con this year (next friday, to be precise).
I'll do a story on that (if it's indeed worthy of comment), and link it in the comments here.
Bare minimum, there's going to be some big reveal from IDW comics.
Hopefully, this time next year, we'll be closer to a fourth film in the franchise.
We keep hearing about that animated one, hopefully there'll finally be a reveal of that either at the Comic-Con thing, or within the next few months.
They've got to 2018-2019 to crank that out, we've got to start hearing some things.

Here's to the Ghostbusters franchise!
May it continue to continue!

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