The Son Also Rises UPDATED - Now With Very Early Trailer
Despite the all-femme version losing them a ton of money a couple of years back, Sony have never given up on their Ghostbusters franchise and have been quietly beavering away on a direct sequel to their two original 1980s blockbusters. Which in theory would make their just announced new movie Ghostbusters 3.
And the director has been revealed as none other than Jason Reitman. Yes, the son of original helmer Ivan Reitman, who hung out on set of the original with his dad when he was all of six years old.
Now, on one level this may sound like a bad idea, but Reitman junior (who also has the likes of Juno and Tully under his belt), recently made a superb return to form with the under-valued The Front Runner, so this could prove to be an interesting mix. Little is known so far about plot but rumour has it that Reitman, who also co-wrote the script (with Monster House’s Gil Kenan), may have gone back to an idea that Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis had a few years back, which sees the old team (or what’s left of them) training up a whole new bunch of young ‘busters – so less Ghostbusters 3 and more Ghostbusters: The Next Generation, then.
This is what Reitman the younger had to say for himself - “I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans. This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the Eighties happened in the Eighties, and this is set in the present day.”
His dad Ivan meanwhile had this to add - “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out. 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 Ghostbustersmovie, but… I have this idea.’ Literally, I was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny.”
We have no doubt Aykroyd would be only too happy to reprise his Ray Stantz, but the big question remains – as always – who’s gonna call Bill?
Ghostbusters: The Latest Iteration (just a thought) is due in the summer of 2020
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