A new Ghostbusters movie is coming. Entertainment Weekly reports that Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, will co-write and direct the new film that is not connected to the 2016 edition featuring an all-female cast of ghost hunters. Specific plot points for Jason Reitman’s new movie are being kept under wraps for now, but he did confirm that it’s set in the present day. It is not a reboot, but it’s a continuation of the original series.
“This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot,” he told EW. “What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”
The new Ghostbusters movie will start shooting later this year, and it’s expected to hit theatres in summer 2020. The other writer is Gil Kenan, who earned an Oscar nomination for Monster House.
“This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present,” Jason Reitman told EW. “We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”
Regarding the new characters, Justin Kroll of the website Variety said Jason Reitman may be looking to cast four teenagers in the lead roles. In the original films, the main characters were played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Rick Moranis. Ramis passed away in 2014.
Hearing he is currently looking to cast four teenagers for the lead roles
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) January 16, 2019
Reitman has four Oscar nominations, and some of his best-known films include Juno, Up in the Air, and Thank You For Smoking.
Ivan Reitman will produce the new Ghostbusters movie, and he told EW, “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out.” He said his son Jason came to him with the idea for the new film, and it left him in awe. “
“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,” he said.
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