Drop everything, Venkman. We got one. A new Ghostbusters movie is coming out next year, which is “AMAZING!!!” or “DUMB!!!” depending on who you ask. But it is definitely happening and the new movie will not be a reboot, but rather a sequel to the original movies.
Is Jason Reitman serious about actually catching a ghost? Jason Reitman is always serious. That’s because Jason is the son of Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters from 1984 and Ghostbusters II from 1989. Jason is co-writing the upcoming Ghostbusters movie with Gil Kenan (Monster House, 2015’s Poltergeist, City of Ember).
“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Jason Reitman brags. The movie will feature a “world that was saved decades previously by the proton pack-wearing working stiffs in the original 1984 movie.” Ivan will be a producer on the new film.
“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,” Jason said. “I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember.”
The new Ghostbusters movie will be set in the same universe as the original and will continue the story in the current day. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise,” Jason said. “It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.” Reitman continued, “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.”
The new movie will have nothing to do with Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot. “I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them,” Reitman said. “However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.” Jason has directed and been a producer as such movies as Tully, Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking, Juno, and Labor Day. Who ya gonna call?
“It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out,” Ivan said. “It was a decision he had to come to himself. He worked really hard to be independent and developed a wonderful career on his own. So I was quite surprised when he came to me with Gil and said, ‘I know I’ve been saying for 10 years I’m the last person who should make a Ghostbusters movie, but…I have this idea.’ Literally, I was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny.”
Sony has not released any casting news about the new Ghostbusters, so we don’t know who will play Vinz, Vinz Clortho, Keymaster of Gozer, Volguus Zildrohar, Lord of the Sebouillia. Somehow the movie will start shooting in the very near future with an aggressive release in the summer of 2020. Better charge up your proton packs and get some milk bones for nice little doggies and cute little poochies.
With a brand new Ghostbusters movie on the way that opens the door for some very serious questions. Will the movie have somewhat of the original cast of Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, or Bill Murray (Harold Ramis died in 2014)? Will Rick Moranis come out of obscurity and retirement from Hollywood to be in the new Ghostbusters? Will Hi-C bring back Ecto Cooler? Most importantly, the new Ghostbusters had better remember to not cross the streams.
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