Ghostbusters fans will be able to experience the 1984 classic in a whole new way with Ghostbusters Live In Concert, a screening/live concert series that will kick off this fall. Peter Bernstein, son of legendary composer Elmer Bernstein, will join local orchestras in each city as the guest conductor, as they perform Elmer Bernstein's score live during the movie screening. Schirmer Theatrical is teaming with Columbia Pictures and Ivan Reitman's Ghost Corps for this screening/concert series. Here's what Ivan Reitman had to say about Ghostbusters Live In Concert.
"I'm thrilled to be presenting Ghostbusters with a live focus on Elmer Bernstein's brilliant score. I've always felt that his remarkable music was the magical glue that held together the film's unique mixture of funny, mysterious, and scary."
Ivan Reitman directed the original Ghostbusters from a script by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, which took in $229.2 million domestically from a $30 million budget in 1984, which would be the equivalent of a $625 million movie today. The original spawned the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2, along with animated TV shows and video games and the 2016 reboot with an all-female cast. Here's what Peter Bernstein had to say about Ghostbusters Live In Concert.
"I am deeply excited to be able to bring Ghostbusters Live to the concert hall. Working for my father as an orchestrator all those years ago was a unique and wonderful time. To be able to bring that score back to life and conduct it is thrilling both professionally and personally."
This Ghostbusters event will also include Ray Parker Jr.'s chart-topping theme song, but there has been no indication if he will be performing this iconic song in person or not. The theme song landed one of two Oscar nominations for Ghostbusters, which was also nominated for visual effects. Here's what Adrian Smith, president of Sony Pictures Releasing, had to say about Ghostbusters Live In Concert in a statement.
"This is a completely new way to experience the timeless classic Ghostbusters with live accompaniment from symphony orchestras. Ghostbusters Live in Concert promises to be an extraordinary film with live orchestra experience for audiences of all ages."
While Ghostbusters Live In Concert has been confirmed for a fall debut, exact dates and venues have yet to be announced. There is no indication yet if any cast members plan on making appearances throughout this tour as well. Here's what Schirmer Theatrical president Robert Thompson had to say in his statement.
"What makes this particular production unique is that both the film's director, Ivan Reitman, along with Peter Bernstein, orchestrator of the film and son of Elmer Bernstein, are directly involved in creating this show, along with the wonderful team at Sony Pictures and Ghost Corps. We're all very excited to bring Ghostbusters Live to international audiences."
This news comes just days after Sony and Ghost Corps announced a new augmented reality mobile game known as Ghostbusters World will be released later this year. There have also been rumors of a new Ghostbusters movie for 2019, but nothing has been confirmed at this time. Variety broke the news of this Ghostbusters Live In Concert series earlier today.