At this rate, we’ll have to organize a Ghostbusters film festival sooner or later. This entry to the field of fan films, from the gang at Ghostbusters Italia, takes things to a whole new level. Besides a sizable, twelve and a half minute video, with the prerequisite amount of props and effects, the production team used their connections to have the original Italian language dubbing actors (for both films AND the videogame) dub them! Strictly speaking, the actors didn’t need to be dubbed, as they speak Italian just fine… being Italian and all… but after having at least some, if not all (I can’t rightly remember right now) of the actors – Sergio Digiulio, Michele Gammino, Mario Cordova, Cristiana Lionello – appear at their Ghostbusters Day gathering this past Summer at guests of honor, they figured why not take full use of that access and make something special.
And don’t sweat it, it’s been subtitled into English. A bravo to the GB.IT crew for the film and props to GBFans for arranging to share the film online. Here’s hoping there will be more in the future.
Ghostbusters Italia recently held Ghostbusters Day 2010 – a fantastic gathering of fans and even some of the famous voice actors that dubbed the boys in grey into Italian!
Also in attendance was Stefano Paganini, Product Marketing Manager (Catalogue, Animation and TV series at Sony Pictures Entertainment) for Sony Entertainment Itay. While addressing the fans, he happily reported (paraphrased from the English translation of the Italian, by me);
“I spoke about [Ghostbusters Day] with my boss in Los Angeles. She has let me let you know that the script for Ghostbusters 3 has been approved. So the engine has been turned on!”
This confirms what has been heard before, that the Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg first draft, has been accepted and the process is moving ahead. It also leaves a lot of the usual questions unanswered – like, has Sony accepted it or has everyone accepted it? Can Bill Murray (who apparently still hasn’t read the script) still sink the project?
But… it’s the one thing we’ve been waiting on more than almost anything else. An actual Sony rep confirming there’s a script and that it is at least good enough to move the process forward.
So, congrats to the Italia GBs for their awesome event, and hooray! Sony finally said something about Ghostbusters 3! Let’s savour that for a moment before the next round of internet rumours start up again.
For awhile now I’ve been looking for an appropriate lull to introduce everyone to Ghostbusters Italia – the site and the team behind it have been working hard to become the number one destination for Italian-speaking Ghostbusters fans. They’ve even gone well beyond a mere web-presence…
…a woman just walked by my window speaking loudly into her cell-phone, in Italian. Spooky!
They are avid followers of Proton Charging (good thing I added the Google Translate option to the sidebar!) and in return I’ve become fans of them. While people might take it for granted, this truely is a silver age for Ghostbusters fans.
In related news (but not involving the gbit.it crew, I don’t think) is this float that appeared in Sunday’s carnival festivities in Gambettola. Proof positive that Italy has a wealth of fellow-Ghostheads. Hmmm. Fantasma-individuo? Looks like I’ll have to brush up on my Italian!