Ernie Hudson suits up as a Ghostbuster again for Cryptozoic
Lake Forest, CA – April 27, 2016 – Ernie Hudson is a Ghostbuster again! Cryptozoic Entertainment is proud to announce that their promotional video for GHOSTBUSTERS: THE BOARD GAME II features the long-awaited return of Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, his iconic role in the first two Ghostbusters movies. The five-minute video, which can be seen on the Kickstarter campaign page for the game, features Hudson strapping on his proton pack to lead a group of Ghostbusters as they take on a paranormal invasion.
Largely due to the promo video and exciting new gameplay elements, the campaign reached its initial goal in approximately two hours and hit $500,000 in under 48 hours.
Thanks to the support of Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Cryptozoic was able to shoot the video at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. The other members of the team are played by three of the Southland Ghostbusters, a group of Southern California cosplayers who were honored to work with one of the original busters. Hudson spent time between scenes joking with the crew and taking photos with fans, including several starstruck Cryptozoic employees.
Describing the shoot, Hudson said, “I had the absolute best time, and it was so much fun getting back in the jumpsuit again!”
John Sepenuk, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Cryptozoic, said, “We are so thrilled to be working with Ernie. Bringing bring back one of the original Ghostbusters, the iconic Winston Zeddemore, means so much to all of us at Cryptozoic, and certainly all the Ghostbusters fans around the world.”
“Directing Ernie was the most amazing experience,” explained Pete Sepenuk, director of the promo video. “He was Winston from take one: hilarious, charming, taking charge and schooling the newbies. We had such a good time together, creating this new world where he could bust ghosts in 2016.”
Fans of Ernie Hudson, the Ghostbusters franchise, and board games can check out the video and the Kickstarter campaign for GHOSTBUSTERS: THE BOARD GAME IIhere
The campaign includes a unique social media component called “Gimme Grabber” that asks fans to share various images and videos on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Since it’s announcement one week ago, eight of the ten social media goals have been reached and most backers will receive Grabber, an exclusive ghost figure. The first goal, asking pre-order customers to share a message about the game on Facebook, was reached in less than one day. Fans can share the Facebook message by clicking here
The campaign for GHOSTBUSTERS: THE BOARD GAME II lasts until May 9 and the game is estimated to be delivered to backers May 2017.