WATCH: Next chapter in ‘Ghostbusters’ saga reveals first official trailer

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes Columbia Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe.

Check out the film’s official trailer #1 below and watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife in Philippine cinemas soon.

In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan. Based on the 1984 film “Ghostbusters,” an Ivan Reitman film written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

Starring Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd, Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s executive producers are Dan Aykroyd, Gil Kenan, Jason Blumenfeld, Michael Beugg.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #Ghostbusters

Kristen Wiig, from ‘The Martian’ to ‘Ghostbusters’

Coming off an acclaimed turn in the Oscar-nominated “The Martian,” top American comedienne Kristen Wiig stars as Erin Gilbert, a particle physicist, academic firebrand and spectral warrior in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure “Ghostbusters.”

“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This July, they’re here to save the world!

When it came to casting the role of Erin, director Paul Feig says “Kristen’s name just kept coming up, but I didn’t even know if she’d want to do it, because she’s been showing what a great actress she is in so many dramas lately. Then, out of the blue, my wife was talking to Kristen and she said, ‘Oh, I know Paul’s doing `Ghostbusters,’ and if he’d ever want me to do any little part in it, I’d love to.’ That was music to my ears, because Kristen would be so good in this role. She’s really one of the funniest people in the world – she makes me laugh and always has.”

Wiig’s character, Erin Gilbert, believed in ghosts as a child, but as her physics career grew, she realized that her fascination with the paranormal was holding her back and hurting her credibility. She determines to put that old life behind her and forge a new career as a legitimate scientist… until her past comes back to haunt her.

“Erin grew up believing in ghosts – she actually saw a ghost when she was a child, and no one believed her, except Melissa McCarthy’s character, Abby,” says Wiig. “That really scarred her. She wanted to live a life where she wasn’t the weird one, so she left the paranormal world behind and went into academia, becoming a professor at Columbia University. Of course, she finds Abby again and meets Holtzmann and Patty. As it turns out, they’re these four misfits that find each other. I love that kind of story.”

Wiig relished the chance to do stunts for the film. ”It was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. We couldn’t wait to get into the stunt rehearsals.”

Wiig was similarly thrilled by the chemistry between the four Ghostbusters. “It’s always a great experience when you can find that right project to work with your friends and people that you love,” she says. “I’ve known Melissa for many, many years – we knew each other for almost 10 years before ‘Bridesmaids.’ She’s just really, really fun to work with and we laugh all the time, so it was so nice to be together again. Leslie makes me laugh so hard with everything she does – every time Leslie said something, I would just lose it. It’s a very funny character, but I don’t even have words for what she does with every line – she’s so specific and it comes directly from her. And Kate – Kate’s the best. I find her so interesting. She’s so fearless – she takes chances every scene. She does the unexpected, and it’s always funny. I love watching her.”

“Ghostbusters” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

‘Ghostbusters’ to be released in PH IMAX 3D cinemas

July 14, 2016 – IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Sony Pictures’ highly anticipated summer tentpole “Ghostbusters,” from director Paul Feig, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® theatres in the Philippines on Friday, July 15 (simultaneous with the nationwide opening in 2D and 3D cinemas).

“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.

“This Ghostbusters film is not only hilarious, it has the kind of action and spectacle that the IMAX format was made to showcase,” said Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. “We’re thrilled that audiences will have the chance to experience this incredible movie in IMAX.”

Director Paul Feig utilized the big-screen technology with his four paranormal investigators, saying it takes the comedy to “the next level,” balancing all the funny with a giant scope, while also giving audiences “that lost giant movie-house experience.”

“What I love about IMAX is it really creates this weirdly intimate experience between you and the characters,” says Feig. “You really get pulled into the screen because the screen is everywhere — it is your entire field of vision. And the IMAX experience really does what we as filmmakers desperately try to do, which is to pull an audience into a film and make them forget about the outside world for the two hours that they’re with us.”

“Ghostbusters is a cultural phenomenon, and we look forward to bringing this exciting re-imagining to IMAX® 3D theatres around the world,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “Sony has assembled a hugely talented team of filmmakers which has created a film with amazing scope and scale in which the stunts, the thrills and, of course, the laughs will all be bigger in IMAX.”

The IMAX® 3D release of Ghostbusters will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Opening on Friday, July 15, “Ghostbusters” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

‘Ghostbusters’ taps comedy chops of Chris Hemsworth

One of the most sought after actors in Hollywood today, Chris Hemsworth (“Thor” and “The Avengers” series) takes on the role of receptionist Kevin, a clueless man with a sweet simple attitude that both charms and confounds his female bosses to no end, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure “Ghostbusters.”

“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.

Once the Ghostbusters go into business for themselves, they need a little help out front. And what better help could they ask for than an attractive, dim-witted receptionist. Kevin might be a few apples shy of a barrel but he’s good-natured and sweet, and when the chips are down, he’s another Ghostbuster at heart – another misfit who finds a home.

For the role, director Paul Feig tapped the unexpected comedy chops of Chris Hemsworth. And even though his co-stars are comedy pros, they were impressed by his skill. “He’s one of the best improvisers I’ve ever worked with,” says Melissa McCarthy. “That completely threw me, because we were doing 18-minute takes during the interview scene and he was never thrown. He was saying some of the strangest stuff, completely in character – we had to hold for four minutes while Kristen and I tried to stop crying with laughter. He even started singing once, and I had to stop him… I guess he’s just bionic.”

“Kevin is a big, dumb puppy dog,” says Hemsworth of his character. “He’s full of enthusiasm and ambition, but he’s completely naïve and looks at the world from a very, very different angle than everybody else. It’s fun to play someone who is completely unaware.”

“We made Kevin into a loveable kind of lunkhead who has gotten by on his looks, but he earnestly wants to be part of the group,” says Feig. “It takes him a while to figure things out – Kevin’s a little slow on the uptake – but once he gets it, he gets it. Chris turned him into a three-dimensional, hilarious character.”

Just how clueless is Kevin? Check out his glasses. “From the start, I wanted to wear glasses, and Paul was cool with that. But the problem was, the lenses were reflecting the lights, so we took out the lenses – as if no one would notice. And then, midway through, I started scratching my eye, and Melissa started to laugh and said, ‘You’ve got to do that again – and I’ll try not to laugh.’ And the more we thought about it, the more we thought it was perfect – the lenses kept getting dirty, so he took them out. That’s a great, practical response, but only if you look at the world from a different angle from everyone else. He’s quite unique.”

Opening in Philippine cinemas on Friday, July 15, 2016, “Ghostbusters” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

‘SNL’ star Kate McKinnon invents spirit-capturing gadgets in all-new ‘Ghostbusters’

“Saturday Night Live” standout Kate McKinnon stars as Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer, munitions expert, and proton wrangler, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure “Ghostbusters.”

“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.

Holtzmann has always been an oddball. She thinks outside the box, doesn’t follow social norms, and she likes putting things together, inventing things. She doesn’t judge others but she gets a thrill out of pushing the buttons of uptight people, especially Erin (Kristen Wiig).

“I loved the idea of playing a scientist,” McKinnon says. “I like playing a woman character that doesn’t revolve around a romance, which is rare in a movie. I’m so glad to have been given that opportunity.”

Producer Ivan Reitman states, “I saw the extraordinary sketches in which Kate McKinnon plays Justin Bieber, and captures his essence in a totally original hilarious way. For `Ghostbusters,’ she brings a unique, quirky, comedic energy to her role that is perfect! Kate is a comedic force to be reckoned with.”

“Holtzmann is a genius,” McKinnon describes. “Holtzmann is the tech geek in all of this, which is usually the geekiest geek. She is in charge of perfecting the machinery that allows them to accomplish this mission. She is an essential creature. She’s bizarre. She is freakish. She’s full of joy. She is me. Yes, this is the closest character to my actual self that I’ve ever played, if that tells you anything.”

“Kate was actually the first person I cast in my head,” says Feig. “We had this part of Holtzmann – a really nutty, weirdo part, and if you know Kate, she’s lovely but she’s a nutty weirdo in the most wonderful way. We start casting by asking, ‘Who could shine in this role?’ Kate’s been shining on ‘SNL’ but not in a film yet. There’s something about her that’s so charismatic – she’s a movie star. It seemed like the part could be a great showcase for her, so it was a really easy decision.”

“Holtzmann is the hard scientist, she’s the nuts and bolts person,” Feig explains. “I don’t even know if Holtzmann has a passion for ghosts, but she has a passion for figuring out how to scientifically interact with ghosts, how to capture them, and how to use her skill to interact with them. She’s the hardware nut, and once she starts perfecting her hardware – her proton packs and her synchrotrons and all that – she really starts to go crazy. I’m a big hardware geek, so it was really fun to invent so much cool new weaponry and to have Kate’s character do it.”

Opening across the Philippines on Friday, July 15, 2016, “Ghostbusters” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Melissa McCarthy takes on the paranormal in all-new ‘Ghostbusters’

Oscar-nominated comedienne Melissa McCarthy (“Spy,” “The Heat”) is Abby Yates, a scientist who believes in the paranormal and she won’t let the non-believers grind her down, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure “Ghostbusters.”

“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This July, they’re here to save the world!

“Abby has always been the believer,” says McCarthy. “It doesn’t matter if people are making fun of her, which they always have. It doesn’t matter if nobody else believes. It doesn’t matter that people think she’s crazy. She’s just always believed in the paranormal. I just love that she’s stayed the course, no matter what.”

In their screenplay, Kate Dippold and Paul Feig created a friendship between Abby and Erin, who is played by Kristen Wiig. “Our characters were friends all through high school – they were the two eccentric girls who believed in ghosts and the paranormal,” says McCarthy. “But they had a bad parting, because Erin didn’t want to defend herself anymore, so she went in a more academic direction. Now, in the movie, they come back together. It’s a little bumpy in the beginning, but you can tell that the history is there. And that’s easy to portray with Kristen, because I’ve known her so long and she’s one of the greatest people I know.”

“I think the reason why Melissa is one of the most successful comedians working today is that she brings an everyman quality to her work,” says producer Ivan Reitman. “She brings great energy, great truth – she has a quality of being very funny and very real. People love her because she’s here to represent them.

One of McCarthy’s most memorable moments was trying on the proton pack for the first time. No movie magic here – McCarthy says that the prop is just as heavy as it looks. “Especially for what we have to do with them – we’re diving, we’re running, and we’re fighting. Every time we get blown back by something and we land on our backs, there’s sharp, heavy jagged metal,” says McCarthy. “On the other hand, I hate when you can tell that somebody’s running with something light, so I’m glad that’s not what happens in this movie. We look like we’re struggling because we are.’”

“Ghostbusters” allowed McCarthy to do many of her own stunts. “I really love all that stunt stuff,” she says. “I’m asking to be thrown into things. I try to do everything they’ll let me do. And then every once in a while Paul would have to say, ‘No, you’re not doing that. You’re not getting dropped onto a car from 25 feet up.’ And when he says that, I’m thinking, ‘Yes, that makes sense,’ but what I’d hear myself saying is ‘Why not?’ And Paul would say, ‘You’re insane,’ and walk away.”

One of the stunts that McCarthy was able to perform herself was crowdsurfing at a rock concert. “I’ve never done that before,” she says. McCarthy notes that stunt work sometimes involves complicated rigs or wires, and she asked the stunt coordinator, Walter Garcia, what was the best way to perform a stage dive. “He said, ‘The best way you do it is you run to the end of the stage and dive off.’ Okay. Let’s do that. The first take, I was a little tentative, but once I did it I knew I was in good hands. Of course, I realize there were ten stunt people out there waiting to catch me, so I’m not sure I’m going to try that in real life, but that was wildly fun.”

Opening in Philippine cinemas on Friday, July 15, 2016, “Ghostbusters” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

New ‘Ghostbusters’ team answers call of the haunted

More than 30 years after the first film debuted… more than 25 years after ghosts were last busted on screen… the long wait is finally over. “Ghostbusters” is returning to theaters, with a new team and new characters in a new adventure.

The new film began with director Paul Feig, who, as the creator of “Freaks and Geeks” and the director of “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” and “Spy,” has built an impressive comedy resume of some of recent years’ most successful, groundbreaking, and memorable comedies. Given the opportunity to reboot the franchise, it was Feig who saw a way to bring one of his personal comedy influences into the 21st century.

“I was an enormous fan when `Ghostbusters’ first came out,” he says. “I saw it the opening weekend in the theater and had honestly never seen a comedy do what that movie did to that audience. People, including myself, just lost our minds, not only because it was funny. It was the funniest people – we all loved Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, so seeing them together – this supergroup of funny guys – made it even better. But the thing that put it over the top was the context of an enormous world of fighting ghosts with technology…that’s the greatest idea in the world. It’s one of these things that make you say, ‘I wish I had thought of that idea.’”

Naturally, the idea for another “Ghostbusters” – as a sequel – was one that had been explored for quite a while. “I’ve always wanted to do another sequel,” says Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the first two iconic films in the franchise, and now produces the new film with Amy Pascal. “It’s one of those movies that you should revisit and I was really hoping that I could do it. But unless we all agreed on something, it wasn’t going to get done. Getting four people – especially these four people – to agree was kind of impossible. And then, unfortunately, we lost Harold.”

With the passing of Harold Ramis in 2014, the studio and Reitman began to look for a new comedic talent to take the helm of a future film. That’s when Feig entered the picture. “I knew they’d been trying to put together a sequel for a long time,” says Feig. “I started wracking my brain. Funny people fighting the paranormal is still the greatest idea ever, and it felt like there was still so much to explore outside the worlds of the first two films. I thought, ‘How would I do it?’ Well, I’d make it with the four funniest women I know. That excites me, because it makes it something new.”

Reitman was excited about the opportunities for comedy in Feig’s idea. “What’s really exciting about Paul’s take is that it’s not about the gender,” he says. “It’s the friendship of four particular characters as they do something extraordinary.”

“At first, we spent a lot of time talking about what we wanted the script to be,” says screenwriter Kate Dippold. “There were so many different creative debates – what elements of the original do you want to see again? What should feel new? Then we talked about the story and the characters. Nobody wanted to do remakes of the original characters – Venkman will always be Venkman. So we came up with four new characters of our own.”

“Paul was intent on making a movie that lived up to the spirit of the original but had a new reason for being,” says Amy Pascal. “It always comes down to the characters, and that is what Paul has always been brilliant at creating.”

It was in this way that Feig approached the film as an entirely new story as a new team answers the call. “I wanted the movie to start with our world today – a world that has never seen ghosts that we can prove,” says Feig. “Our Ghostbusters have dedicated their lives to scientifically proving ghosts exist, but they’re considered loonies, because there’s no physical proof. But when they actually get to see the ghosts they’ve been trying to see for their whole lives, they’re going to prove that their whole lives’ mission was correct. They all have this common goal, and they complement each other.”

So, Dippold and Feig created new characters who would mesh well as a team. He explains: “Abby is the paranormal expert; she’s dedicated her life to studying ghosts. Erin is the physicist, who tries to bring a scientific grounding into it. Holtzmann, the engineer, can take the concepts that Abby and Erin come up with and actually build the physical equipment to fight them. And finally, Patty joins the group as the newcomer who knows the ins and outs of New York City, which will be one of the keys to solving where the ghosts are and what’s happening to Manhattan.”
“You’ve seen men as comedic eggheads but it’s been a long time since have women been portrayed as funny scientists,” says Pascal. “It was a fresh and unique take on the material that needed to be told.”

Opening across the Philippines on July 15, 2016, “Ghostbusters” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

‘Ghostbusters’ fans set Guinness World Record for largest gathering of people dressed as ghosts

SINGAPORE, June 12, 2016 – “Ghostbusters” fans have set a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Ghosts at a Single Venue. The event was organized by Sony Pictures Entertainment in anticipation of the release of “Ghostbusters,” the hotly anticipated reboot of the classic film, which will be on July 15th across the Philippines.

Fans of the beloved franchise came to the affair at The Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore dressed as ghosts, cleverly incorporating the franchise’s familiar “no ghost” icon into their outfits. An adjudicator for Guinness World Records confirmed that a total of 263 people dressed as ghosts claimed a new title for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Ghosts at a Single Venue.

Commenting on the announcement, “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig said, “Seeing this many people get their ghost on and set a Guinness World Records title is a true testament to this amazing franchise that Dan, Harold and Ivan created 32 years ago. Fortunately, I ain’t afraid of no ghosts because we were up to our armpits in them. Ghostbusters of the world, gear up!”

Rishi Nath, Guinness World Records Adjudicator, added, “We are incredibly impressed the fans’ dedication to ‘Ghostbusters’ as well as their sense of adventure and fun. It’s official – this is a fantastic achievement!”

Following the announcement, fans attended a gala red-carpet event and were joined by “Ghostbusters” star Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig. Set against the spectacular Singapore skyline, the excited fans were treated to a bit of Hollywood magic in anticipation of the upcoming action-adventure tentpole movie.

“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world! The film is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film “Ghostbusters,” an Ivan Reitman film, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

“Ghostbusters” is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

‘Ghostbusters’ team strikes a pose for new poster

The four female leads plus lone male Chris Hemsworth pose tall in the new poster for Columbia Pictures’ adventure comedy “Ghostbusters” in Philippine cinemas on July 15.

“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!

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The film is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film “Ghostbusters,” written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.

Opening on July 15, 2016, “Ghostbusters” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: More supernatural mayhem arises in new ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer

A new trailer for Columbia Pictures’ adventure comedy “Ghostbusters” has just been unveiled and may be viewed below.

“Ghostbusters” makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!

The film is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film “Ghostbusters,” written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.

Opening across the Philippines this July, “Ghostbusters” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.