Before you groan at an uncreative Hollywood... hear this one out first. Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two 'Ghostbuster' movies will return as a Producer on the sequel; while his son Jason will direct.
While Hollywood struggles to come up with original ideas, this plan of theirs could theoretically tick all of the boxes and be a recipe for success... and could also involve slime, lots and lots of slime.
Jason Reitman has announced that he will helm the newest entry in the 'Ghostbusters' series. Reitman has quite an impressive CV, having directed Hugh Jackman's latest 'The Front Runner' and 2007's 'Juno.' The directed tweeted his involvement in the new movie, saying "Finally got the keys to the car. #GB20."
Finally got the keys to the car. #GB20 https://t.co/T1Np2lRQl1
— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) January 16, 2019
The movie is slated for a summer 2020 release date, with filming expected to begin in a matter of months. While there happened to be an all-female reboot of 'Ghostbusters' in 2016, this new movie will be ignoring it.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reitman spoke of the idea they had, and is essentially 'Ghostbusters III.' He told them, "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. This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet."
New characters? But Reitman, we want Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Annie Potts back for this. Unfortunately, the director failed to comment on any of the cast that will appear.
As well as Reitman getting to visit his father's movie sets as a child, he also had a brief role in 'Ghostbusters II.' He played the spoilt birthday boy who says to the ghost capturers, "My dad says you guys are full of crap."
Speaking on his son taking up the mantle on the new 'Ghostbusters' sequel, Ivan Reitman said "It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out." He also went on to say that when Jason approached him with this new idea, he "was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny."
Here's hoping we get some casting confirmation on the 'Ghostbusters' flick soon.