Well here we go again: Hollywood, after viewing the exhausting fiasco surrounding the release of the last rehash, is officially having another go at breathing new life into the Ghostbusters franchise. But this time they’re keeping things much more in the family.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, is poised to follow in his dear old Dad’s footsteps by helming another all-new Ghostbusters movie. But this time around, it’ll supposedly be set in the universe of the original two.
Reitman, who previously directed the likes of Juno and Up In The Air, was 6 years old when his father Ivan shot the original film which wound up being released in 1984. In confirming his involvement today, he stated he “always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan.”
I remember being on set and seeing them try out the card catalog gag for the first time when the library ghost makes them come flying out. I remember the day they killed Stay Puft and I brought home a hardened piece of foam that just sat on a shelf for years. I was scared there was a terror dog underneath my bed before people knew what a terror dog was.
Curiously enough, this film will do away with the Paul Feig-directed 2016 female-fronted reboot entirely and will, instead, act as a quote-unquote “true” extension of the original universe.
This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.
I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.
Jason’s father Ivan has been enlisted to produce the new film. There’s no word on plot or cast at this early stage, nor is there any word on whether original cast members Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, or Ernie Hudson will return. Harold Ramis sadly passed away back in 2014.
Cameras are expected to roll on the new film by mid-this year, with a view to releasing it in cinemas come the US summer of 2020.