June 8th Celebrates Ghostbusters

On June 8th 1984 the movie called Ghostbusters was released, in the United States receiving a positive response from critics and audiences and grossing over $242 million in the United States and more than $295 million worldwide.

Who came up with the idea for the movie, Ghostbusters?

The movie’s concept was inspired by Dan Aykroyd’s fascination with the paranormal. The original story, as written by Aykroyd, was very different from what was eventually filmed.

In the original version, a group of “Ghostsmashers” traveled through time, space, and other dimensions combating huge ghosts (of which the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man was one of many). They wore SWAT-like outfits and used wands instead of proton packs to fight the ghosts.

Aykroyd pitched his story to director/producer Ivan Reitman, who liked the basic idea but immediately saw the budgetary impracticality of Aykroyd’s first draft, Reitman’s suggestion, to Dan Aykroyd was to hire Harold Ramis to help write the story, and overhaul the final screenplay during a three-week stay in a Martha’s Vineyard bomb shelter in May, and June of 1982.

Aykroyd and Ramis initially wrote roles especially for Belushi and John Candy. However, Belushi died before the screenplay was completed, and Candy would not commit to the project, so Aykroyd and Ramis made further changes that were reflected in the film’s production.

The soundtrack to Ghostbusters was released on LP in 1984 by Arista Records. The film’s theme song, “Ghostbusters”, written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr., sparked the catchphrases “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”

Today’s YouTube video clip shared by user name Ray Parker Junior VEVO, is the theme song from the movie called Ghostbusters.

In autumn of 1984, singer and songwriter Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker, Jr. for plagiarism, claiming that Parker copied the melody from his 1984 song “I Want a New Drug”. Lewis had been approached to compose the main theme song for the movie, but declined due to his work on the soundtrack for Back to the Future. The two musicians settled out of court.

In lieu of today’s story whether believe in ghosts or not, this comedy about three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City who start a ghost-catching business was pretty good, and the closing question is, if you see a ghost.

“Who are ya going to call?”

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
J.D Mitchell Design Studio


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