There are few things in this life that will get the game-scarred cynics of SPOnG to squeal with brazen delight, but details about an upcoming Ghostbusters
game from Vivendi oozing forth can bring on such ugly squealing.
Hollywood trade mag, Variety
reports that a deal has been inked between Sony Pictures and Vivendi for the latter to release a game based on the venerable '80s film franchise. Versions made by developer Terminal Reality are set for the PC, PS3 and 360, while Red Fly Studio (Mushroom Men
) is working on versions for the Wii, PS2 and DS.
The most exciting news - which surely shows that Vivendi is committed to this one - is that Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis will all lend their voices and likenesses to the game. Several supporting cast members, such as William Atherton (Walter Peck), Brian Doyle Murray (as himself) and Annie Potts (Janine) have all signed up, as well.
Additionally, Aykroyd and Ramis will reprise their roles as Ghostbusters
scribes to pen the game's story, which will take place in the early '90s after Ghostbusters II
The game will feature both multi-player and co-op, which will no doubt prompt maverick ghost fighters everywhere to try and cross beams.
"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."
Apparently, a survey of gamers put both Scarface
in the top five film properties they would like to see become games.
What about Withnail & I
or Little Miss Sunshine
"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.
The fact that Sony has decided to dust off Ghostbusters
has SPOnG down on its knees, praying to a God we don't believe in (Blorg, God of Cake) that a new film might be in the works...Source: Variety