Hollywood wanted to make a new Ghostbusters years ago. 1984's original was supposed to be a high-concept one-off for the Saturday Night Live crew. It took five more years to churn out a sequel, which, besides Vigo the Carpathian and a dancing toaster, wasn't as good as anyone remembers. A dip in quality should have killed threequel ideas, but both movies were box-office bonanzas, and talk of a new entry cropped up any time Dan Aykroyd had a movie to promote. The proposed trilogy-capper -- which Aykroyd claimed would have sent the scientific superheroes to Hell -- never came to be, and Ghostbusters III stewed in limbo. Until Bridesmaids director Paul Feig took over.
This summer Ghostbusters returns, with a new movie serving as both a sequel and a reboot of the original. Feig recruited Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones to strap on the proton packs and ward off a new wave of pissed-off spirits, and left room for Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson to bridge the 30-year gap with cameos. (Original cast member Harold Ramis passed away in 2014.)