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http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117976019.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&query=ghostbusters

Vivendi Games is pacting with Sony Pictures to turn "Ghostbusters" into a videogame franchise.

First title in what the publisher hopes will be a series of "Ghostbusters" games is set for release in fall '08 from Vivendi's Sierra label.

All four members of the movie team -- Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis -- will be giving voice and likeness rights for the game. Some supporting castmembers have signed up as well, including William Atherton, Brian Doyle Murray and Annie Potts.

In addition, film scribes Aykroyd and Ramis will pen a story for the vidgame that takes place in the early '90s, after "Ghostbusters II," during a new ghoul invasion of New York City.

Deal comes on the heels of several other classic movies that have recently been adapted into successful vidgames, including EA's "The Godfather" and Vivendi's own "Scarface: The World Is Yours."

"We noticed we did well on 'Scarface' and were alert for new opportunities to turn iconic film products into games in a way that is a new manifestation of the franchise," Vivendi Games CEO Bruce Hack said. "'Ghostbusters' is unquestionably among the small number of movies in that class."

Vivendi has sold more than 2.5 million units of last year's "Scarface" game worldwide, grossing more than $125 million and making it a solid success, if not quite at the level of top franchises like "Halo." Though Vivendi hasn't yet confirmed plans, a sequel is known to be in the works.

Hack noted that, in making both deals, Vivendi did a survey of gamers asking which movie properties they would like to see turned into videogames. "Scarface" and "Ghostbusters" were both in the top five.

Publisher is particularly optimistic for the chances of "Ghostbusters" because, unlike the young male-targeted "Scarface," it has the potential to appeal to children and adults. Developer Terminal Reality is making a "Ghostbusters" game for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 aimed primarily at the core gamer demographic, while Red Fly Studios is making a version for Playstation 2, Wii and DS designed more for families and casual gamers.

With the addition of "Ghostbusters," Vivendi now has several licensed franchises in its portfolio, including "Scarface," the Robert Ludlum books such as "Bourne Identity" and "Covert One," and rapper 50 Cent.

It's the first major vidgame deal for one of its library titles that Sony Pictures has made. Studio talked with several publishers before making a deal with Vivendi. Such deals can be quite lucrative because licensing revenue comes in with very little spending on the studio's side. Advances for multiyear deals on major franchises such as "Ghostbusters" are typically in the tens of millions of dollars.

"This brand is a very important asset for the studio, and we feel it's prime time for it to be rediscovered through videogames," said Mark Caplan, VP of Sony's consumer products division.

Several "Ghostbusters" games came out around the time of the two movies, and one in the past decade has been tied to the animated series "Extreme Ghostbusters."
 
From the pedigree of "Scarface," "Covert One" and rapper 50 Cent's "Bulletproof" comes the expectation of pure crap.
 
This will be explosive diarrhea on a disc.
 
Where's the optimism?

Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Hudson, along with Atherton, Potts and another Murray, with Ramis and Aykroyd writing?

No matter how poorly this might play, it'll all be worth it just for the things I listed above. If my PC can't run its version, I'm buying an Xbox 360, just for this game.

Not to mention the fact that Sony wants it to be a franchise of new games, and they're recognizing the brand as important again?

Could this be clues as to why Ecto 1 and Ecto 1A are being fully restored, and could it lead to other things? The rumored third film (either CGI or live action), or a release of the two cartoon series on DVD? It's the 25th anniversary of the first film soon, so we might expect a new release. Hopefully, a SE version of the second film, maybe even an extended cut? The ongoing comic series could even get started? Who knows.

If Sony's enthusiastic about the franchise, this could be very good. Although I've been wrong to have faith in Sony about GB before...
 
You're getting a 360 for THIS game? Mercy...
 
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There's no way this game will be as good in real life as I'm picturing it in my head :(
 
That pic doesn't look that bad. But isn't that from the first film? And they are starting the story from after the second?
 
That pic actually looks great, to me at least, but I know it cannot embody the greatness of it.
 
Even if this game IS good, I still won't believe it. I'll beat the game and be paranoid for the rest of my life when the suckitude of the Ghostbuster's Videogame is going to hit me...

That pic is hot though...
 
the pic isnt from this game, it's from the one ZootFly were working on unnoficially...I believe anyway.
 
Does anyone remember those Ghostbusters games for the NES? Those were the hardest games I've ever played.

But this one looks like it may have potential.
 
I remember playing the game tie in for one of the films, and it was pretty damn good!
 
at last! a sequel! or the closest thing we're gonna get.. I'm glad they're involving the original cast, so it should at least have the humor of the movies..
 
I don't get all of this negativity. The expectation of crap.

The companies making both versions aren't very notable, yes, but I'm sensing it's an expectation of crap because it's Ghostbusters. To that, I can only say What the Hell?

I mean, I don't want to believe that there's a whole group of people out there who are essentially kids who think GB is some stupid old franchise. Old? Yes. Lame? Never. GB was a real comedy. One of the kind that they don't make anymore. Respect the GBs, that's all I have to say.
 
the pic isnt from this game, it's from the one ZootFly were working on unnoficially...I believe anyway.

Zootfly never, ever got this far. Their demo hardly even looked like Ghostbusters, to boot. The equipment in it didn't even operate like a Proton Pack should.

No, this is from the true-blue game coming out next year.

As for the fact that Stay Puft is in it, yet the story takes place after GB2, who knows? We might get to play through the first two films before we get to the main storyline. We might get bonus missions based on the first two films.

Or maybe Slimer and Mr. Stay Puft just make an appearance in the new storyline? Because that building he's climbing up isn't the Shandor Building.
 
I don't get all of this negativity. The expectation of crap.

The companies making both versions aren't very notable, yes, but I'm sensing it's an expectation of crap because it's Ghostbusters. To that, I can only say What the Hell?

I mean, I don't want to believe that there's a whole group of people out there who are essentially kids who think GB is some stupid old franchise. Old? Yes. Lame? Never. GB was a real comedy. One of the kind that they don't make anymore. Respect the GBs, that's all I have to say.

The Ghostbusters story or movies won't have anything to do with this game sucking, and even if Ramis and Akyrod write a good script for the game it will all come down to gameplay. And thats where it will probably fail.
 
I don't get all of this negativity. The expectation of crap.

The companies making both versions aren't very notable, yes, but I'm sensing it's an expectation of crap because it's Ghostbusters. To that, I can only say What the Hell?

I mean, I don't want to believe that there's a whole group of people out there who are essentially kids who think GB is some stupid old franchise. Old? Yes. Lame? Never. GB was a real comedy. One of the kind that they don't make anymore. Respect the GBs, that's all I have to say.

Nah, I think most of us would be happy to play a great Ghostbusters game. Its mostly the publisher that makes us all iffy. However, I'm excited for it and I'm gonna hope against all odds that it turns out to be as good as I imagine it could be.
 
Anyone ever play Ghost Hunter for the PS2? I enjoyed that game when it came out and its what a Ghost Hunter game should have been like had one been released in recent years.



 
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