The Ghostbusters reboot has got to be one of the worst films to come out of 2016, and it didn’t even have anything to do with the all-female cast. The good thing is, it looks like Sony has learned its lesson, and they’ve greenlit a movie set in the original Ghostbusters universe.
Check out the teaser:
According to Entertainment Weekly, Jason Reitman—son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, and director of films like Juno and Thank You for Smoking—has been hired to direct the third Ghostbusters movie in the series. We don’t have any main details on the film, but I’m guessing it’s going to focus on a mainly younger cast with appearances from the original actors.
Reitman had this to say about taking over for his father:
“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… 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.”
It is worth noting that Reitman Sr. is still attached to this film, but this time he’s onboard as a producer. His son taking over the franchise is being considered as a ‘passing of the torch’ between the two.
A few years back there was a pitch for a third Ghostbusters film that Max Landis (American Ultra, Bright) had shared online. Now the script has been taken down, and personally, I think it has something to do with this movie being made. As someone who read the whole pitch, I can say it was actually a good story, and it presented an interesting young cast with meaningful involvement of the original gang.
Of course, them using Landis’ story is just my guess. It’s possible that Reitman could still be working on a completely new story.
Ghostbusters 3 is set to come out the summer of 2020.