No, the original cast didn’t get together and shoot Ghostbusters 3 while no one was looking. It seems that the Ivan Reitman-directed Ghostbusters, the 1984 original starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, will be seeing a theatrical re-release in a few weeks’ time.
The comedy classic returns to theaters on October 13, playing on that night and the two Thursdays that follow on 500 screens, with only one show per night, Columbia has confirmed (via CraveOnline. The movie has had a little bit of remastering work done; no 3D, but a new 2K digital print with 5.1 surround sound. You can bet that Sony Pictures’ number-crunchers and soothsayers will be watching this one closely, to see if all the apparent effort that’s been put into reuniting the original cast — Murray is reportedly the lone holdout — is really worth keeping on top of.
The re-release plan seems like an odd choice, with just three showings in total over the course of the three week run. This is a busy time of year, but October is a sensible moment to put a movie like this in front of theater audiences again. Thursday offers audiences the biggest gap of time between the previous week’s releases and the current week’s offerings. One screening per night seems like it goes a step too far though. It’ll be interesting to see how the demand shapes up.