Lost Gozer costume found, rescued.

Andymac over at the GBFans.com messageboards spotted this thread at prop/costuming messageboard – after 26 years, Slavitza Jovan‘s Gozer bodysuit has been found in a surplus store on an “unidentified” costume rack! A very flimsy piece of kit, the costume has held up well, with the various body-bubbles taking the most abuse over the years.

When compared to photos of Jovan in costume, it is very easy to see it is the actual costume, minus the “neck warmer” which was applied separately, presumably because its lace edges ran up the neck, under the chin, and behind the ears, as it it was a part of her. The man who found it, Mr. Fusion, is determined to restore it – we wish him the best of luck. It’ll be hard, but worth it.

Just because it’s Friday: The Ecto-12

The gang over at the GBFans messageboards have started up a thread on that old chestnut, “What will the cars be in the third movie?” The question comes up a lot and some good guesses have been made, including the so-good-someone-made it Ecto-Magnum (which not only looks good, but is also, like the original Miller Meteor, a car that is no longer being produced). I stick by my half-joking suggestion of an Ecto-Smart (c’mon – perfect to busy New York streets – drive it on the sidewalk if you have to.)

But regardless of what the current script has in mind (and what the reality of pre-production will end up using), back in 1999, Dan Aykroyd had an idea.

And he called it the Ecto-12.

From the first draft, GB3: Hellbent script;

EXT. 59th STREET BRIDGE – NIGHT

A 1989 converted Cadillac, ECTO-12, weaves in and out of traffic.

And, as with most movie scripts, that is all. A name and a year, and even the year is more thought than most scripts would include, but obviously, being a gearhead, Dan had some ideas. The only trouble is, he never expanded on it anywhere else.

So, the question is, what was he thinking of. Certainly a 1989 model car is nearly as aged a design as the original Ecto-1 was, and the Cadillac brand is still there for continuity – but there were six Caddy models produced in 1989.

Three we can discount as being too small – not that smaller cars can’t be used, but let’s assume for the sake of discussion that Dan was thinking of cars of similar imposing size to the Miller Meteor conversion from the first film. That cuts out the Seville, DeVille, and Allanté (a Roadster.)

The Fleetwood and Brougham are also classified as full-sized vehicles, the same as the Seville and DeVille, but unlike those two, the Fleetwood and Brougham are of sufficient size that there are hearse conversions of them (1989 is square in the modern ambulance era. ie truck with panel box on back) – coincidentally, the recent replica auctioned off for charity in Germany was an even older model Fleetwood, which looks not bad, but the ’89s are kind of, well, ’89ish.

This just leaves the Eldorado, and this car has “Dan Aykroyd will love it” written all over it. Indeed, the early models are highly reminiscent of the Ecto-1. But what about the 1989 model? Well, that’s the tricky part – after 1986, the cars seem a bit too modern, compared to the Sixth Generation Eldorados (1979-1985), which don’t have to sculpted front grills of the early models, but is still more distinctive that the Seventh generation models.

And the ’71 wagon… oh what an Ecto it could be.

But it’s a ’71 – Dan said ’89.

So, just because it’s Friday, what 1989 Caddy do you think Dan had in mind or would approve of? Can you find a hearse conversion I didn’t see? Can the smaller models make good Ectos? Maybe you like the Seventh gen fronts over the Sixth gen. Why the hell is it the Ecto-12? What the hell is the Ecto-50!?

Talk it up!

Rubber Rules: Get Slimed part 3 now online

Steve Johnson’s Rubber Rules (see the previous installments here) has posted their third installment of Get Slimed, in which Johnson talks specifically about the performance of the character by Mark Wilson.

One of the more interesting things is Johnson talking about shooting the scene of Slimer flying around the ballroom chandelier, which I seem to recall was ditched in favour of a low tech, last minute shot solution that Reitman was never happy with.

Johnson also talks about the old school, pre-digital days of effects. He also talks about the Solid Thoughts Corporation he started, in order to create collectibles for fans, that are based on those old school effects (like the Slime Statue created for the Amazon Edition of the video game, and which is available for purchase separately now, at GBFans.com.)

Sony confirms 3D conversion of back-catalog – Ghostbusters suspected

The HD Room has reported that Sony has confirmed they are setting up shop in India to convert back-catalog titles (of which Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 are included) into 3D. This is growing out of two notable initiatives by Sony – the first is to produce and market 3D Rlu-ray releases of films that have already been theatrically released in the format and the second is to anticipate the release of any upcoming 3D releases.

Ghostbusters isn’t mentioned by name by Sony – no back catalog titles are referenced by Sony as candidates for the process (of which I can only begin to fathom. Google says “complicated mathematical perspective algorithms”, which I believe), but as a confirmed “Evergreen” title, it’s not hard to assume Ghostbusters will make the list, eventually, if not initially. Ghostbusters 2, maybe not so much. That movie hasn’t even gotten a regular Blu-ray release yet.

But I digress – the most important detail in the article is;

“Joe Nakata, a deputy general manager for Sony’s 3D strategy unit…”

This confirms that Sony actually HAS a corporate strategy for 3D films that isn’t just an idea in the CEO’s brain. Between this exciting idea of giving the 25 year old film some depth, it also adds serious weight to the idea that if/when made, Ghostbusters 3 will indeed be Ghostbusters 3D. Which is good, because the guy at MarketSaw that first reported the rumour of a 3D film has slightly altered his post from the original friend-I-know-at-ILM to the way it reads now, which is friend-at-ILM-who-is-a-friend-of-a-guy-I-know.

[VIA HDRoom and River Of Slime]