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Get Out Your Proton Packs, Ghostbusters Goodness is Here

Anyone who follows me on Twitter can easily see that I am a mega-huge fan of Ghostbusters. As a child I was the proud owner of my own proton pack, my own Fire House play set from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon and the kid who pushed an old lady out of the way at the local 4th of July parade once just to get a look at the real Ecto 1. On top of that I went to school on Halloween as the Stay Puft marshmallow man three years in row. Three years, people. If that isn’t an insane commitment to a brand I don’t know what is. And to have such loyalty at such a young age (11th grade) is really saying something.

So you know that even though it won’t hit stores until June 2009, I will be hitting the pages of Amazon soon to place my order for a copy of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. In development for what seems like forever, the game has finally landed a publisher, Atari, and will make its debut next summer (June 16th) on XBox 360, Sony Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii. Versions for the PC and the Nintendo DS are scheduled for release two weeks later on June 30th. A trailer for the game has been released online, which you can check out below.

I have two thoughts in response to this clip. One, this video game looks phenomenal. Note the detail in the character’s faces and all of the iconic Ghostbusters moments, as well as the completely original voice cast (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson). Two, aren’t YouTube videos in widescreen wonderful? They complete me.

In other Ghostbusters related news, there is still talk of another film. You all know about the fact that The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupinsky were hired on in September to write a script. And in a recent interview with MTV, Sigourney Weaver said that she is “supposed to get in touch with Bill [Murray] next week.” And though she didn’t have any details, she did express interest in the project. And even if she’s not part of it, she does hope that little Oscar will be one of the new Ghostbusters.

I’m not so sure about little Oscar to be a new Ghostbuster — as I’ve heard that the ‘new’ Ghostbusters would be characters we’ve never seen before — but I’m open to something new. The world can never really have too much Ghostbusters.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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