More than 25 years after they first arrived in movie theaters, the wisecracking Ghostbusters remain at the heart of a popular franchise.
Ivan Reitman plans a third “Ghostbusters” film for Sony. He recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he’s waiting on Bill Murray to read the script.
In the meantime, Murray’s character Peter Venkman — along with fellow Ghostbusters Egon Spengler, Raymond Stantz and Winston Zeddmore — continue to appear in other properties about the characters, including comic books and video games.
IDW Publishing’s Tom Waltz is involved in both of these worlds, as the editor of IDW’s “Ghostbusters” comics and as the writer of the upcoming “Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime” video game.
“Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime” will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation Network, and Windows PC Download at Atari.com, on Wednesday.
The game is a four-player, ghost-busting adventure that allows gamers to take on the role of a rookie hired by the Ghostbusters to save New York City from a paranormal disaster.
“The game itself ties in a lot more closely to the movies, as well as the last video game,” Waltz said. “I think our comics at this point (also) always tie back in to the movies.”
While the gamer will play as rookie characters, those characters interact throughout with the original Ghostbusters.
“The four main characters from the movies … are actively involved in the adventure though you’re not actively utilizing them with your joystick,” Waltz said. “The adventure hinges on decisions that the four original Ghostbusters are making.”
In the comics, those four original Ghostbusters find themselves fighting zombies in the IDW crossover event “Infestation.”
“We did a big event where we crossed over IDW properties ‘CVO,’ which is ‘Covert Vampire Operations,’ and ‘Zombies vs. Robots’ properties into our licensed books, which have included the Transformers property, G.I. Joe, Star Trek and Ghostbusters,” Waltz said.
Erik Burnham and Kyle Hotz are the creative team for “Ghostbusters: Infestation.”
“My hope is that … what we’ll see now is a continuation and possibly an ongoing series with our ‘Ghostbusters’ comics coming out of this ‘Infestation’ event.”
“Ghostbusters: Infestation” No. 1 is on sale now, and the concluding issue, No. 2, is set to ship Wednesday.
- By Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman