In what has to be one of the biggest surprises to come out of Hollywood, Ghost Corps and parent company Sony, along with Entertainment Weekly made a very unexpected announcement that Jason Reitman (son of Ghostbusters I and II director Ivan Reitman) will take the helm in a yet untitled third Ghostbusters movie.
“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,” Reitman says. “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.”
While not much is known yet about the film, Reitman did add that “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 2016 Paul Feig Ghostbusters movie starring Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy was unconnected to the earlier films, so it won’t have ties to this new one. “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,” Reitman says.
The untitled Ghostbusters prime sequel has a screenplay already, co-written by Jason Reitman and Monster House and Poltergeist remake filmmaker Gil Kenan.
Ivan Reitman, Jason’s father will produce the movie under his Montecito Picture Company, with Sony releasing and likely backing the project. “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out,” says the elder Reitman, adding that he’s touched his son wanted to join this part of the family business. “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.”
A day after the announcement, Reitman released the film’s first “teaser trailer” which seems like more of a hype video than anything. The 1-minute clip, located somewhere on farmland, shows someone attempting to repair a Proton Pack. The wind picks up to reveal the back of Ecto 1, which sits covered and dirty. Slime is seen on a fence near the barn.
What do you think about another Ghostbusters movie so soon after the disappointment of 2016’s outing? Is Jason Reitman the right choice to add some life back into the franchise? Will the original cast appear? A tweet from Dan Aykroyd seems to indicate he’s interested.
We’ll have all of the coverage at more info draws near. Ghostbusters drops in the summer of 2020.