When there is something strange in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? Even casual fans would know to answer this question from a song lyric with “Ghostbusters”. But here is a follow-up: Which Ghostbusters are you talking about? Here the answer might almost always be the one from the 1980s films and animated series, aka the “Real” Ghostbusters. Some may even say the “Extreme” team from the spinoff cartoons from the nineties. Almost none would mention the all-female version from the 2016 reboot. The son of the original films’ director can understand the polarization caused by the remake on account of a present-day culture conflict, and has announced a sequel “returning to form”.
Entertainment Weekly has it that Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman who directed the first two “Ghostbusters” films, announced that he will be working on a fourth movie that wills serve as an actual sequel to the originals rather than following up on the recent cinematic reboot. The younger Reitman recalls how he had visited the set of the 1984 film at age six, and made mention of his desire to make a new film that all fans would like.
“This is the next chapter in the original franchise,” says Reitman. “It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.” Sony Pictures has set a possible premiere date for this movie in 2020, with Jason Reitman set to both write and direct. Shooting could begin a just few months into 2019. “This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present,” Reitman adds. “We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”
Approaching a “Ghostbusters” sequel as a distant sequel to the originals is a sensible direction, especially considering that one of the four actors who played the eighties team of proton-packing paranormal investigators, Harold “Egon Spengler” Ramis, passed away in 2014. That was also the reason why the 2016 film directed by Paul Feig had to be a remake, though some of the surviving main cast members did play cameo roles.
Jason Reitman was deeply into the “Ghostbusters” franchise mythos from childhood. In addition to visiting the set, he played an extra with his sister and mother in a scene cut out from the first movie. In “Ghostbusters II” he had a speaking cameo as a birthday boy that dissed the Busters during a birthday party. Upon becoming a director in his father’s footsteps he directed some TV series episodes like from “The Office” on NBC, and films such as “Up in the Air” and “Juno”.
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