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The Ghostbusters II February 27, 1989 Draft is a collaborative draft of Ghostbusters II by Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd.

Overview

The February 27, 1989 draft contains the essentially the final movie version but with what become deleted scenes and the order of scenes change around as do some lines - the Ghostbusters go back into business a couple years after the Gozer incident to save Dana Barrett and Oscar from Vigo. Slimer is in the draft and is part of the ending. The ghosts are Vigo and the Scoleri Brothers. Louis Tully and his mini-arc of trying to capture Slimer is included. Mayor Lenny is in the draft.. The River of Slime appears. The Ecto-1a is referred to as Ecto-2 throughout the draft. The Statue of Liberty is used for good by the Ghostbusters to get into the Manhattan Museum of Art. The final battle with Vigo is brief as he immediately resorts to grabbing Ray Stantz and gets hosed by Winston Zeddemore

Differences and Similarities

  • Page 1 starts with an aerial shot of Manhattan starting with the Statue of Liberty and drifting towards Greenwich Village.
    • Dana has a longer conversation with Frank the Superintendent. She thanks Frank for help with the groceries and promises she will "get the hang of it." Frank makes funny faces at Oscar.
  • Page 2 has Oscar's carriage vibrate as if it was shaken by an unseen hand then the brake unlocks.
    • In the movie, it simply starts rolling slowly then fast.
  • Page 6 has Ray kicked in the leg by the Brownstone Boy #2 then Ray grabs him by the shirtfront and tells him, "I'm watching you."
    • In the movie, the boy simply tells them about why his dad thinks they went out of business.
  • On page 6, Ecto-1 won't start after the party.
  • On page 8, after Ray remarks 'what a ride,' he continues with "You can't make a hamburger without chopping up a cow." Ecto-1 finally starts but dies. Ray bangs his head on the steering wheel.
  • On page 8, The World of the Psychic starts in the WKRR-TV Studio reception area where World is playing on a bank of monitors in the lobby then the camera pushes in on the show.
    • In the movie, it starts with Peter making small talk before the episode starts.
  • On page 11, Norman tells Peter that Mayor Lenny was on Cityline.
    • In the movie, Norman tells Peter the spoon guy canceled.
  • On page 12, Peter tells Jack Hardemeyer he just wants to say hello to Mayor Lenny. Hardemeyer jokingly asks him if he's busted any ghosts lately. Peter retorts the Ghostbusters were sued, screwed, and tattooed by deskworms like Hardemeyer. Lastly, Peter quips Hardemeyer is the reason he won't vote for Lenny.
    • In the movie, Peter says he wants to give the Mayor a kiss. Hardemeyer jokes he doesn't see any ghosts. Peter calls him a bureacratic bookworm. Lastly, Peter contends he's a voter and Hardemeyer should have kissed his butt.
  • On page 13, Dana works on restoring a Turner, a 19th century landscape painting.
    • In the movie, she works on a Bonington.
  • On page 14, after Dana leaves, Janosz Poha switches on an English language tape and starts practicing phrases he thinks are working.
  • On page 16, Egon explains he's trying to determine whether human emotional states have a measurable effect on the psychomagnetheric energy field.
    • In the movie, his line is changed to determining an effect on the environment.
  • On page 17, Egon doesn't recall Peter mentioning Dana.
    • Egon does not scan Dana like in the movie.
  • On page 19, Ray tells a crank caller he carries books on alchemy, astrology, apparitions, Bundu Magic Men, demon intercession, U.F.O. Abductions, psychic surgery, stigmata, modern miracles, pixie sightings, golden geese, geists, and ghosts. He tells Egon the crank asked for goat hooves. Egon thinks the suggestion to look at Duke's mean averaging is a good idea.
    • In the movie, Egon says he already pulled the Duke study.
  • On page 20, Peter intimates he made the crank call then tells Ray to be him a sub. After Egon's epididymis line, Peter replies he doesn't want to know where that is.
    • Egon doesn't snicker about Peter's book.
    • In the movie, Peter tells Ray to close up so he can buy him a calzone. After Egon's line, Peter is silent.
  • On page 21, Ray doesn't get a call asking about store hours and is immediately tortured by Peter.
  • On page 22, Peter remarks he knew Dana would come crawling back to him and is hurt she didn't call him first. He asks her is she's seen his show. She replies she has and that's why she didn't call.
    • In the movie, Peter dramatically tells her hello.
  • On page 23, Peter sees the measuring tape and calipers then asks Egon if he's making Oscar a snowsuit.
    • In the movie, he asks Egon what he's doing to comical effect.
  • On page 24, Peter's "got my nose" happens.
    • In the movie, it happens when he's alone with Oscar after everyone went to his bedroom.
  • On page 25, Peter enters the bedroom and calls Ray "Holmes" but Ray informs him the room is subdued. Egon enters next and wants to look for anything abnormal on the street. Peter doesn't think that will be too hard.
    • In the movie, Peter enters and talks to Egon and Ray.
  • On page 26, Peter gets nostalgic outside and points out the old cash machine, dry cleaners and video store he and Dana used to go to. There is no trace on the P.K.E. Meter.
    • In the movie, both the P.K.E. Meter and Giga meter pick up readings.
  • On page 27, Ray explains the Giga Meter is a gauge to measure psychomagnetheric energy in GEVs. Dana asks if it's in her genetics that makes her vulnerable to the supernatural. Peter asks if she means like when she turned into a Terror Dog. He calls it a total coincidence.
  • On page 29, Ray and Peter talk as they leave the coffee shop. They agree they have to keep the investigation low key.
  • On page 31, Egon complains they were suppose to help. Peter jokes he needed the exercise. Egon hits an ornate iron manhole cover labeled "NYPRR." After realizing he got voted to go into the hole, Ray sarcastically replies, "Thanks, boys."
    • In the movie, Egon complains he was digging a big hole while they were getting coffee. Ray is silent after he realizes he was voted.
  • On page 33, Egon explains the NYPRR was an experimental subway system built in 1870. Ray takes a reading and states it is off the top of the scale.
  • On page 34, Ray gives an extended description of the River of Slime calling it 'a seething bubbling psychic cess, interlocking tubes of plasm, crackling with negative GEVs, lowing and moving.' Ray asks to be hauled back up.
    • In the movie, Ray only explains it's a river of slime. He asks to come back up after the police return.
  • On page 35, Ray yells for help because the river is eating his boots as the First Cop talks to Peter.
  • On page 38, Ray calls The Judge an open minded guy. Peter talks to Dana.
    • In the movie, the open minded guy line is spoken by Winston. The Judge is named Stephen Wexler.
  • On page 39, Peter asks Dana to visit him at Sing Sing if he's granted conjugal rights and compares himself to a cat and El Gato. Jack Hardemeyer greets The Prosecutor with "How are you doing hon'?" before asking her to put them away fast. After the Prosecutor notes it won't be hard, Jack tells her the Mayor (and future Governor) won't forget it.
    • In the movie, Jack's "How are you doing hon'?" line is omitted. The El Gato scene became a deleted scene.
  • On page 40, Louis realizes the whole city is against them and gets nauseous. Egon hands him a waste basket.
    • In the movie, Peter retorts to Jack they'll never take them alive.
  • On page 41, Ray whispers his guess the river of slime is 10,000 gallons. Egon speculates it is ebbing and flowing from some tidal source.
    • In the movie, Ray vehemently objects to Mr. Fianella's speculation.
  • On page 42, Louis rephrases himself after the Prosecutor's objection. He notes Peter coached a basketball team for underprivileged children. The Prosecutor counters that is irrelevant and immaterial.
    • In the movie, Louis only asks her to take it easy because they're both lawyers.
  • On page 43, Peter apologizes about the hole in First Avenue joke and says he couldn't resist the set up. He later notes his fingers were crossed when he was sworn in, then goes into how there are things in the world beyond understanding.
    • In the movie, Peter solemnly apologizes only and does not talk about crossing his fingers.
  • On page 45, Judge Wexler asks Louis if he has any final arguments. Louis approaches the bench and asks him for some of his water. For his closing argument, Louis tells his story about being stuck in an elevator during the blackout. Egon tells Louis he was concise and to the point. The Judge tells him that was the worst presentation of a case then rules them all guilty. He tells them he had the Scoleri Brothers electrocuted at Ossining in '48. Peter speculates they want to appeal.
    • In the movie, Louis's water request is omitted. The elevator story is Louis's opening argument and Egon tells him it was short but pointless. The Judge doesn't evaluate Louis's performance and only tells them he gave the Scoleri Brothers the chair. Egon suggests he tell them he doesn't believe in ghosts.
  • On page 46, the Scoleri Brothers blast the defense table with finger lightning then punch through the jury box in search of the Judge. He rescinds the restraining order. The Ghostbusters jump over the rail and dash across to the exhibit table and put on their Proton Packs while the ghosts tear up chairs in search of the Judge.
    • In the movie, the Scoleri Brothers toss the defense table. The Judge, Ghostbusters, and Louis run to one of the doors near the judge's chair. The ghosts are absent when the Ghostbusters put on their Proton Packs then the chairs in the gallery are thrown around.
  • On page 47, Ray tells everyone to switch to full neutronas. Peter asks the ghosts to pick on someone their own size. Ray sets the Trap. Egon takes the door while Ray and Peter try to corner the ghosts.
  • On page 48, Ray traps the ghosts. Peter declares, "Occupado." Egon tells the Prosecutor she made a brilliant summation as she is tended to by the bailiff and county clerk.
    • In the movie, Egon traps the ghosts. Peter aims at the Trap and barks at it. Egon doesn't talk to the Prosecutor. She is seen in the end credits being tended to by a paramedic.
  • On page 49, the old logo comes crashing to the ground then the new one is put up. Peter goes into the Firehouse.
    • In the movie, the new logo is already installed. This scene is deleted.
  • On page 50-51, the full commercial is shown. Louis coming out the door after the Ectomobile and meeting Slimer is one scene.
    • In the movie, only part of the commercial is shown. Louis coming out the door and meeting Slimer are two separate scenes.
  • On page 52, Ray sits on a bench across from Peter in Central Park. After the trapping, Peter notes the Jogger Ghost ran his last lap in under six minutes. Ray thinks he could have been an Olympic prospect.
    • In the movie, Ray is standing nearby. After the ghost is trapped, Peter waves "Bye bye."
  • On page 53, after the Ghostbusters emerge from the store wearing Santa hats, Ray tells the owner "Merry Christmas!" The Orrefors case takes place on Fifth Avenue. Ray and Peter talk to the manager while Egon and Winston set up an array. After the crystals crash on the floor, Ray asks the manager if he will pay by cash or check. Louis sets a chicken on a string trap.
    • In the movie, the Ghostbusters are simply seen running out of the store wearing Santa hats. The Orrefors case takes place on East 57th Street. The only part of the case seen is the crystals crashing to the floor. Louis' trap becomes a deleted scene.
  • On page 55, Dana tells Peter she's restoring an original Ver Meer worth $10 million. Vigo turns his head and watches Peter and Dana. Peter suggests $45 paintings from Art World then tells her they are still working on her case.
    • In the movie, Dana is restoring a Gauguin. Vigo's painting doesn't shift around. Peter doesn't talk about cheap art or the case.
  • On page 56, Janosz says the Vigo painting is for the new Byzantine exhibition and it is a self-portrait, boasting he was a skilled painter.
    • In the movie, Janosz says it is for a new Romantic exhibition. The self-portrait and line crediting Vigo's painting skills are omitted.
  • On page 57, Dana tells Peter goodbye and Peter says he would like to stay but he doesn't have time to hang around. Vigo turns his head and watches Dana go back to her workbench. She turns suddenly and catches a movement. She leaves the studio.
    • In the movie, the bit of Dana being paranoid walking back to her workbench is at the start of the scene. The scene ends with Dana and Peter watching Janosz talk to the Vigo painting then looking at each other.
  • On page 58, Ray tells Peter and Winston they have something to show. Peter asks if it's that thing he can do with his nostrils then if they're going to eat the slime. Only Ray yells at the Psychomagnotheric Slime.
    • In the movie, it opens with everyone gathered at the table already. Both Egon and Ray yell at the slime.
  • On page 59, Peter thinks they should sell the slime. Egon notes they found slime at every event site. Ray likens it to a goat on garbage.
    • In the movie, Peter and Egon's lines are omitted and Ray likens it to a cop in a doughnut factory.
  • On page 60, Ray and Egon sing "Cumbaya" to the slime. Egon plays the guitar.
  • On page 69, Dana and Peter have a longer talk at his front door after the Slime in Bathtub Attack. Dana then tells him about how she caught Vigo looking at her.
    • In the movie, the talk is shorter and Peter lets her right in. Vigo isn't discussed.
  • On page 70, Peter presents the Joe Namath shirt then Peter calls up the Firehouse and talks on the phone without Ray's lines being revealed.
    • In the movie, Peter calls up the Firehouse and the conversation from Ray's side is shown. After the call, Peter presents the Namath shirt.
  • On page 71, Peter goes over and tries to clean up his dirty kitchen, realizes there is no food in the refrigerator, she has to wash dishes if she needs one, and the drawer is full of menus. He shows her the shower is tricky because both knobs are marked "Hot." He notes the sofa is a butt biter.
    • In the movie, Peter's tour is omitted.
  • On page 72, the car is called Ecto-2.
    • In the movie, the car is called Ecto-1a.
  • On page 73, Ray notes Vigo is also a bad monkey and he dabbled in all the Black Arts. Peter's Butch line isn't present.
    • In the movie, Ray goes straight to the prophecy story.
  • On page 74, Egon notes the story was a rough translation from Moldavian. Rudy the Museum Guard tells the Ghostbusters that Janosz said not to let them in anymore. Ray tells him the museum has an Ecto-paritic subfusionary flux in the building. Rudy is scared and follows his instructions to take over.
    • In the movie, Egon doesn't note the translation. The Rudy part is deleted but some of it is used in the end credits.
  • On page 75, Ray uses the Giga Meter.
    • In the movie, Egon uses the Giga Meter.
  • On page 76, Janosz tries to cover things up as chemical fumes. Peter talks to Vigo but gets no response so he takes photographs.
    • In the movie, Janosz offers no excuse. Peter doesn't talk and immediately goes to taking photographs.
  • On page 77, Winston's "That's one ugly dude" line jolts Ray out of his trance. Peter tells Janosz not to leave town and report any change in his address. Egon shares the P.K.E. Levels were max plus and the Giga Meter showed all read. Peter tells them to keep digging on Vigo and Janosz.
    • In the movie, Winston's "That's one ugly dude" is moved up to prompt Peter to take photographs. Winston simply tells Ray 'hey' and 'you coming down' to snap him out of the trance. The rest is omitted.
  • On page 77 to 80, Ray is possessed and drives recklessly and angrily. Winston clocks him and stomps the brake. They skid into a tree but are uninjured. Ray comes to and is shocked.
    • This becomes a deleted scene but some shots are used in the first montage of the movie.
  • On page 84 to 85, Louis uses a Proton Pack to try and catch Slimer but he almost blasts Janine. He notes he celebrates New Years on March 1st to avoid the crowds and big rush.
  • On page 86, the Ghostbusters knock on Peter's front door then invite him to the sewer investigation. Egon thinks there could be a roach surge because animals and lower life forms often anticipate major disasters.
    • In the movie, the Ghostbusters pull up and talk to Peter outside the building. The reason for the surge is omitted. This becomes an alternate scene.
  • On page 87, Ray tells Peter he'll miss all the fun.
    • In the movie, the line is omitted.
  • On page 88, Ray measures the river of slime. Egon and Winston pull off the sounding line but Winston doesn't let go in time and he is pulled into the river.
    • In the movie, Winston measures the river and gets pulled in.
  • On page 89 to 90, Dana's resolution is to stop getting involved with men who aren't good for her.
    • In the movie, no resolutions are discussed.
  • On page 91, Dana thinks she should call Janine Melnitz. Janine can't believe a person can live like this.
    • In the movie, both are omitted.
  • On page 92, Louis doesn't talk about his mom, hamster, nor suggests any video games.
  • On page 93, Egon joins the fight asking who wants it first.
    • In the movie, Egon isn't in the quarrel.
  • On page 95, the police tells the Ghostbusters they are out of uniform. Ray realizes they look ridiculous in Armand's Restaurant. Ray insists they need to see the Mayor. A cop ends up arm locking Peter. Peter tells Dana to finish the dessert and it's all paid for.
    • In the movie, the police have no lines in Armands nor do they arrest the Ghostbusters.
  • On page 96, Peter looks at the cops' name badges for when the Mayor asks them why they didn't let him know sooner what was happening. The cops relent to tell them to follow them.
    • In the movie, the scene is omitted.
  • On page 97, Janine doesn't remark "typical," and Dana starts to change her clothes when she checks on Oscar. Ecto-2 drives to Gracie Mansion. The Ghostbusters are given police raincoats to wear. The Mayor is already in his study and grumbles he has 200 of the heaviest campaign contributors in the city eating a bad roast chicken waiting for him to give the speech of his life. Winston suggests they tell him about the Animated Toaster. No newspaper headlines are pitched.
    • In the movie, only the police car is seen driving to Gracie. Egon, Ray, and Winston are still in their long underwear. The Mayor walks into the study to meet with them. He doesn't note his contributors.
  • On page 100, Janosz references Gainsborough's Blue Boy then Oscar flies out of Dana's arms.
    • In the movie, Janosz's Gainsborough's Blue Boy line is moved to the end of the movie when the Ghostbusters arrive to save the world.
  • On page 101 to 104, there is a scene of the Ghostbusters in the Parkview Psychiatric Hospital lounge area and Ray predicts "Shitstorm 2000" is about to begin. Winston wonders if the predictions about the world ending in the 90s was true. A patient in the room tells them his Labrador Retriever told him the world ends in 1997. Peter thinks Labradors are habitual liars. Louis pleads with his cousin Sherman Tully to help free the Ghostbusters but Sherman insists he's just a dermatologist at Parkview and can't. Louis reminds him he got him out of that bad tax shelter. Sherman remembers Louis got him in that bad tax shelter. Louis recalls he set him up with Diane Troxler. Sherman remembered that didn't pan out and he ended up giving Troxler free dermatology for a year. A drain pipe drips Psychomagnotheric slime into the Hudson River near the Cunard Line docks. A public fountain at 59th and 5th spouts slime.
    • In the movie, this is all omitted.
  • On page 105, the Woman with Fur Coat thinks they should have stayed in Palm Beach. She is bit by her coat. The doorman yanks the coat off. A cop gets a call about dead people in a cemetery asking for directions.
    • In the movie, the woman throws the mink coat off. The cemetery call is omitted.
  • On page 107, Sherman was promised a ride in the car. Sherman starts a story about seeing his grandfather at the foot of his bed but the Ghostbusters drive away from Parkview leaving Louis and Sherman. Louis claims he lets them handle the little stuff.
  • On page 109, Peter says he hates Jello. The Fire Captain tells the Ghostbsuters the crews have been trying to cut the slime shell for three hours. They're told the Titanic arrived. Peter jokes better late than never. Egon tells everyone to go to full neutronas, maser assist.
    • In the movie, Winston says he hates Jello. The Fire Captain up to the dime sized hole part becomes a deleted scene. The better late than never line is said earlier in the movie by the Dock Supervisor at Pier 34. Ray tells everyone to go full netronas.
  • On page 110, the Ghostbusters ask everyone to sing Cumbaya. They only open a dime-sized hole.
    • In the movie, Cumbaya is not sung and it goes straight to the Ghostbusters realizing they can use the Statue of Liberty.
  • On page 111, the Mayor and Jack Hardemeyer arrive outside the museum. The Mayor learns people are trapped inside. Hardemeyer wants to call news stations for the PR. Ray tells them they have to act by midnight or city gets sucked into the tenth level of hell. The Fire Captain muses he could get into the museum if he had a nuclear warhead.
    • In the movie, the Mayor and Hardemeyer aren't present. The tenth level of hell line is spoken by the Mayor earlier before he fires Hardemeyer at City Hall. This also becomes an alternate scene.
  • On page 113, Hardemeyer pounds the slime shell to prove his point but he gets sucked in. The Mayor takes that in then asks the Ghostbusters what they need.
  • On page 116, Egon tells Peter there is 300 tons of iron and steel under the Statue of Liberty's toga.
    • In the movie, the line is omitted.
  • On page 120, Winston admits he has never been to the Statue of Liberty.
  • On page 121, at the South St. Seaport, celebrants line up at the riverfront pointing and gawking at the Statue of Liberty.
    • In the movie, the scene is omitted.
  • On page 123, Winston admits he can't swim. Egon states they would survive approximately 15 minutes in that freezing cold water. Ray thinks they should keep to the middle of the channel, they're okay to 59th, and they should take First Avenue to 79th. Peter disagrees and tells him there will be bridge traffic so they should take 72nd straight up to Fifth. Peter brings up he used to drive a cab. Dana tells Janosz she hates and despises him. Times Square is filled with people. The Statue goes up Broadway and approaches 42nd. After stepping on a car, Peter says the Statue is new in town. Janosz paints mystical symbols on Oscar. Vigo starts to emerge from the canvas and states, "Soon my life begins."
    • In the movie, the lines and scene are omitted.
  • On page 124, Oscar starts to glow. After Janosz steps in front of the painting, Egon tells him to feel free to try something stupid.
    • In the movie, the line is omitted.
  • On page 125, Vigo is half out the painting. Ray tells him the "Vigi Vigi, you've been a bad monkey." Vigo grabs Ray. Winston hoses them both with slime.
    • In the movie, Peter has the Vigi line. Ray is possessed by Vigo until he's slimed.
  • On page 126, the Vigo painting melts and reveals another under it. Peter reacts to Ray and asks if they gotta to live with this. Ray hugs each of them. Peter recoils.
    • In the movie, the realm in the painting blows up but the transformation of the painting isn't shown. Winston has the do we got to live with this line. Ray only hugs Janosz.
  • On page 127, Peter sees Oscar's symbols and calls him a sailor. Ray tells Janosz he had a violent prolonged transformative psychic episode and offers coffee. Egon tells Janosz he is now physically intact and psychomagnetherically neutral. Janosz asks if that's good.
    • In the movie, Oscar has no symbols painted on him. Egon tells Janosz he had the psychic episode but no coffee is offered.
  • On page 128, Egon thinks the new painting is Caravaggio or Brunelleschi. Winston notes there's something familiar about it. Slimer drops off Louis. Louis wants them to hang out on Monday for dinner and bowling. Louis realizes he's late. Ray pops a bottle of champagne. Hardemeyer staggers out of the museum feeling great. The Statue of Liberty is sprawled inert on her back in Central Park behind the museum. The Mayor quibbles they just had the statue restored. Ray gives him an invoice. He refuses to pay. Peter muses she will look nice in the park.
    • In the movie, Egon thinks Raphael, or Pierro de la Francesca . Louis arrives earlier and blasts at the slime shell. Hardemeyer is later seen in the crowd singing along. The part about Louis suggesting they hang out on Monday becomes a deleted scene. The rest is omitted.
  • On page 129, the Mayor relents. Egon states they don't accept checks.
    • In the movie, the scene is omitted.
  • On page 129-130, the Liberty Island epilogue happens in full. Slimer flies out of the Statue of Liberty's torch to the screen.
    • In the movie, some of the epilogue is seen in the credits. The rest is a deleted scene.

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