Trivia / Ghostbusters

  • Actor Allusion:
    • All over the place in the comic book from IDW Publishing. In the first issue alone we have Ray being visited by the ghost of Joliet Jake and Peter talking about golf.
    • One of the results of the photo shoot in issue two of "The New Ghostbusters" has Ron Alexander (who's based on Chevy Chase) in a pig suit.
    • Ray's preference for deep-dish pizza is probably a nod to his The Blues Brothers and SCTV roots. (Pizza is Serious Business for New Yorkers, and liking Chicago's is tantamount to treason.)
    • In Ghostbusters 101, it's revealed that Jillian Holtzmann (of Ghostbusters (2016)) has a counterpart in the 1980's universe who's an FBI Agent. Plus Jillian eventually introduces Peter to her mentor, Dr. Rebecca Gorin, who was played by Sigourney Weaver, and he asks Rebecca if she's ever been turned into a dog.
    • It's also mentioned that in one of the alternate universes the Ghostbusters visited via their portal, Peter's counterpart blew up a golf course.
  • Approval of God: Artist Dan Schoening met Dan Aykroyd in 2014. He apparently likes what he's read of the comics.
  • Development Gag:
    • In the comic, a guide who helps Ray through his dreams bears a resemblance to John Belushi (specifically, in The Blues Brothers), who would have played Venkman in the films had it not been for his untimely death.
    • The rival ghost removal team is called the "Ghost Smashers", the original name for the film.
  • Development Hell: That damned third movie. Rumors of it ever getting made started as early as the release of Ghostbusters II and only even ended because Harold Ramis died. While Dan Aykroyd had written a treatment, in which the team go to hell, Ramis's falling out with Bill Murray during the production of Groundhog Day stood in the way of physical production ever beginning (the two men wouldn't patch things up until just before Ramis passed away).
    • The video game was eventually made as a direct sequel to the original two films, even being set at the same time, with most of the cast returning.
    • A third Ghostbusters film was eventually released in 2016, but it just reboots the franchise with an all-new (and all-female) team of Ghostbusters who have no connection to the original franchise. This naturally proved controversial and divisive for many reasons which we don't need to belabour here, and an IDW comic book series published in 2017 further places the 2016 film in its own continuity from the earlier films.
  • What Could Have Been: Harold Ramis' death in February 2014 was the final nail in the coffin for Ghostbusters III (though Egon's appearance in the film was supposedly going to be very brief anyway), and most likely contributed to the third film becoming a Continuity Reboot instead.

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