Ivan Reitman directed and produced the 1984 American supernatural comedy film Ghostbusters, which was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis star as Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler, three eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-hunting business in New York City. In addition to Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis, the film also stars Annie Potts, William Atherton, and Ernie Hudson in supporting roles.
Aykroyd envisioned Ghostbusters as a project starring himself and John Belushi in which they would travel through time and space combating supernatural threats, based on his own interest in spirituality. Following Belushi’s death in 1982, and Aykroyd’s concept being deemed financially unviable, Ramis was hired to help rewrite the script to set it in New York City and make it more realistic. From October 1983 to January 1984, the film was shot in New York City and Los Angeles. Due to the competition for special effects studios at the time, Richard Edlund used a portion of the budget to establish Boss Film Studios, which delivered the ghoulish visuals using a combination of practical effects, miniatures, and puppets.
Ghostbusters’ success launched a multibillion-dollar multimedia franchise, thanks to its impact on popular culture and devoted fan base. The Real Ghostbusters (1986) and its sequel Extreme Ghostbusters (1997), as well as video games, board games, comic books, clothing, music, and haunted attractions, are all popular animated television series., were all included. Ghostbusters II was released in 1989, and it fared less well both financially and critically. Following Ramis’ death in 2014, plans for a second sequel were shelved. A Ghostbusters reboot, also titled Ghostbusters, was released in 2016 to mixed reviews and financial failure. Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a sequel to the 1984 film, is set to be released in November 2021.