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NYC attacked by ghosts! Who you gonna call?

11.04.2011

When you hear about a team that runs around Manhattan taking care of ghosts, there's really only one crew you're going to think about. Legendary Pictures is hoping you have room in your head for another one though with their upcoming film SPECTRAL. 

SPECTRAL doesn't even have a script yet but from the pitch it sounds like a much more action-oriented film, as it focuses on a spec ops group that's been formed to fight ghosts that have taken over Manhattan. 

Writer Ian Fried (pictured) sold the pitch to Legendary for a cool six figures, apparently by presenting a "rip reel", a mashup of other films that showed off what the tone and visual style would look like. Be interesting to hear what films he used in it, and if one starts with GHOST and ends with BUSTERS. You don't know Fried just yet but he's sold two big scripts recently- THE EVER AFTER MURDERS, which has fairy tale characters Tom Thumb and Rachel Riding investigating a killing, and the Gothic Jack the Ripper story GASLIGHT.

A darker and more serious GHOSTBUSTERS certainly sounds like the recipe for a hit though, and hell, I'm always in the mood to see my city get destroyed for the umpteenth time.

Extra Tidbit: The firehouse from Ghostbusters is real, and they have the sign from Ghostbusters II still hanging up on their wall!
Source: THR

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1:46PM on 11/06/2011
extra tidbit:
Pretty sure I read a couple months ago that the fire house was demolished.
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Pretty sure I read a couple months ago that the fire house was demolished.
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7:27PM on 11/06/2011
It wasn't demolished but there have been talks about closing it indefinitely. It actually IS a real firehouse.
It wasn't demolished but there have been talks about closing it indefinitely. It actually IS a real firehouse.
9:20AM on 11/06/2011

Picture this

"Heres my ghostbuster 3 script"
"Bill Murray says no"
"sorry did i say ghostbusters 3 i mean its called spectral"

thats what happened i swear
"Heres my ghostbuster 3 script"
"Bill Murray says no"
"sorry did i say ghostbusters 3 i mean its called spectral"

thats what happened i swear
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5:59PM on 11/05/2011

uhh...fairy tale murder story eh?

I don't know about how skilled he is, since I obviously haven't seen any of the films he's written for...but The Ever After Murders sounds EXACTLY like Jasper Fford's novel "The Big Over Easy".
I predict a settlement in the future of whatever production company is responsible for that movie.
I don't know about how skilled he is, since I obviously haven't seen any of the films he's written for...but The Ever After Murders sounds EXACTLY like Jasper Fford's novel "The Big Over Easy".
I predict a settlement in the future of whatever production company is responsible for that movie.
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7:28PM on 11/04/2011

More original spec scripts

were bought in October than 2009 or 2010. So be prepared for more original films on their way in the next 2-3 years. This isn't a sequel or a remake. Stop complaining.
were bought in October than 2009 or 2010. So be prepared for more original films on their way in the next 2-3 years. This isn't a sequel or a remake. Stop complaining.
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5:14PM on 11/04/2011
Is Ian Fried a New Yorker? If he is, this makes total sense, if not, he could have picked any other city and we wouldn't be making that comparison. Having just rewatched Ghostbusters, I'm not all that sure I like the idea of some sort of serious take on the subject-matter.
Is Ian Fried a New Yorker? If he is, this makes total sense, if not, he could have picked any other city and we wouldn't be making that comparison. Having just rewatched Ghostbusters, I'm not all that sure I like the idea of some sort of serious take on the subject-matter.
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4:45PM on 11/04/2011

A spectral *spec* ops team hunting ghosts in NYC...

Peter Venkman: I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for spirits like you. If you let my city go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I *will* look for you, I *will* find you, and I will BUST you!

Gozer the Gozerian:
Peter Venkman: I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for spirits like you. If you let my city go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I *will* look for you, I *will* find you, and I will BUST you!

Gozer the Gozerian: [after a long pause] Good luck!
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4:21PM on 11/04/2011

Hmmmm

Sounds a lot like the original concept of Ghostbusters, darker and more badass.

WTF shit is a "rip reel?" Is this an acceptable thing to pitch when you don't even have a finished script?
Sounds a lot like the original concept of Ghostbusters, darker and more badass.

WTF shit is a "rip reel?" Is this an acceptable thing to pitch when you don't even have a finished script?
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5:11PM on 11/04/2011
I imagine it's not too far removed from the "It's like Die Hard meets Dirty Dancing with a sprinkling of Jurassic Park for good measure" pitch routine.
I imagine it's not too far removed from the "It's like Die Hard meets Dirty Dancing with a sprinkling of Jurassic Park for good measure" pitch routine.
2:57AM on 11/05/2011
the descriptions of everything this guy has written sound like "rip reels". "a mash up of other films".
the descriptions of everything this guy has written sound like "rip reels". "a mash up of other films".
6:21PM on 11/06/2011
@Smlert

Rip reels are common practice. It's basically a cheap way to cut a pitch trailer that evokes the tone and visuals they're going for.

Nowadays most studios and networks expect to see some kinda of accompanying video with a pitch so they feel more confident in putting up the money, even if only for development.

A similar approach is also sometimes used during network Upfront presentations, where they are trying to get advertisers psyched about new shows that have only just
@Smlert

Rip reels are common practice. It's basically a cheap way to cut a pitch trailer that evokes the tone and visuals they're going for.

Nowadays most studios and networks expect to see some kinda of accompanying video with a pitch so they feel more confident in putting up the money, even if only for development.

A similar approach is also sometimes used during network Upfront presentations, where they are trying to get advertisers psyched about new shows that have only just begun production. They'll do an image shoot with the cast and cut in footage from other movies to fill in the gaps.
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