IDW sneak-peaks ish #1 of Ghostbusters monthly! [UPDATE] Burnham interview!

[UPDATE] Comic Book Resource posted the same sneak pages today, but they also sat down with writer Erik Burnham. Read the interview here!

We’re now around a month away from getting our hands on the first issue of IDW’s monthly Ghostbusters comic, but IDW wants to keep us in high gear anticipation by providing us with the first six pages of the first issue.

Avoid if you don’t want any spoilers. Read away if you want a giant heap of awesome. I was curious how the tone of the book would be – I’m confident this is going to strike a good chord with comic and Ghostbusters fans.

Big thanks to Tristan Jones, who will be providing the back-up features for each issue (as well as a creepy as Hell cover for issue #3), for sending this to us.

Click for full size!

Michael McKean read for Louis Tully?

People ask, why are you so into Ghostbusters? And I tell them, because I find out something new about this movie all the time. This is one of those times. Rick Moranis talked about taking over the Louis Tully role after John Candy left the production and while I dared pry, he was polite enough to not talk about who else had read for the part. Turns out, we know at least one of them…

…at least, I’m pretty sure I hadn’t heard this and forgot (A real risk as the years go by.)

While chatting with Kevin Pollak on his chat show, Michael McKean (From Laverne & Shirley, Spinal Tap, and so many other awesome things) got to talking about his own turn as an interviewer and mentioned talking to Harold Ramis (which spiced things up, as Kevin’s girlfriend, who does tech and commentary on the show, is a self-confessed Harold Ramis / Egon fan.) This in turn lead to his revelation that he had met Ramis years before the interview when he read for the part of Louis in Ghostbusters.

Learn something new every day…

Great interview (you can download the audio podcast version on iTunes, if you don’t want to watch the video), but if you want to cut to the chance, the Ghostbusters talk is at 1:51:00.

Dan Aykroyd signing in Scottsdale, AZ, Sept. 10th!

Jeff at the Arizona GBs dropped us a heads up that the BevMo in Scottsdale, Arizona will be hosting a Dan Aykroyd signing on September 10th, from 10AM to Noon. The exactly address is 7129 E. Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (that’s the corner of Scottsdale and Shea)

And it’s looking like the Arizona, GBs will be there, so get there early. Don’t miss out!

Castle producer hopes for Aykroyd Halloween cameo, Frasier writer to script.

During the San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that ABC’s cop-mystery, Castle, will have a Ghostbusters-themed Halloween episode. At the time, the appearance of any Ghostbusters stars was all enthusiastic speculation based around producer Laurie Zaks` quoted hope that she could get one of the original Ghostbusters on the show.

What can people expect in Season 4? A special Halloween episode, which will be Ghostbusters-themed. Executive producer Laurie Zaks said later to reporters that she hoped they could have one of the original Ghostbusters appear.

Yesterday, TV Guide`s Keck`s Exclusives column revived the story thus;

This season, Castle will mark the holidays in a big way. “We’re planning a Ghostbusters-themed episode to air on Halloween night,” reports executive producer Laurie Zaks. Who’s she gonna call to offer a guest role? Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd, of course.

It`s impossible to tell if this is drawn from the Comic-Con coverage a couple of weeks back, or Keck actually talking to Zaks, which people are to infer (probably by design) by the lack of any sort of clarification. It`s also not clear if she actually said she wants Dan Ayrkoyd to cameo or if it`s Keck`s pick (not an unreasonable – I think pretty much everyone immediately thinks of Dan as the perfect candidate, with Ernie Hudson as a close second), but regardless, the article is clear on one thing;

No offer has been made.

Not that this has stopped the follow-up by entertainment sites from changing a maybe into a definite. Screen Rant and TV Fanatic have both lifted their news from Keck, but in the translation, maybe became an absolutely – this may be academic, as said above, Ayrkoyd is a solid pick. The man loves ever chance to show Hollywood how much people love Ghostbusters. But he`s also a busy man, so until there`s a confirmation, this one should simmer for awhile.

In another interview producer Zaks`talked a bit about the new writing staff on the show, and confirmed that Malcolm in the Middle and Fraiser writer Rob Hanning will be scripting the Ghostbusters episode. You can`t go wrong letting a comedy writer handle the comedy homage.

Are there new writers on the table too?
Laurie Zaks: Yeah, two new writers. One of them was in the panel here today, Christine Boylan, who is a wonderful young writer who comes from Leverage and was on Off the Map last year. Everybody wanted her, and I used a personal relationship. I worked with her husband, who just wrote Final Destination that was here, and also The Thing. And also Rob Hanning, who’s also a wonderful writer who comes from the comedy world. Rob was on Frasier for ten years so he’s really terrific. It’s a good staff. Rob is doing the Ghostbusters episode, Christine is percolating on hers.

Stay tuned!