Well, I guess Sony Pictures didn’t learn their lesson with the last attempt to reboot the Ghostbusters franchise as EntertainmentWeekly reveals that Jason Reitman will follow in father Ivan Reitman’s footsteps and make his own Ghostbusters movie for Sony.
He’ll reportedly co-write and direct the new movie.
Entertainment Weekly has learned exclusively that Jason Reitman will direct and co-write an upcoming film set in the world that was saved decades previously by the proton pack-wearing working stiffs in the original 1984 movie, which was directed by his father, Ivan Reitman.
“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.”
Sony Pictures has dated the film for Summer 2020, with plans to start shooting in a few months.
They also add that filming could begin spring/summer with Sony Pictures eyeing a summer 2020 release date for the untitled film.
Variety’s Justin Kroll added this tidbit on Twitter that film will reportedly be connected to his father’s original movie from 1984. Although, there is no word on the original cast reprising their roles.
@JasonReitman is coming on to direct top secret GHOSTBUSTERS film with plans to be released Summer 2020. Sources say this will be continuation of 1984 pic with 2016 version not involved in logline https://t.co/DOp1sWRWiI
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) January 16, 2019
Jason Reitman is certainly an interesting choice as he’s best known for more awards material like Up In The Air, Juno, and Young Adult. He hasn’t exactly tackled a studio blockbuster like this and might approach the project a little differently given his close relationship with the original’s director, as Ivan Reitman is his father.
The previous reboot attempt with all-female cast seemingly suffered from a weak script, rushed production, and an overreliance on improvised comedy. Not even an amazing cast and director could save it. Hopefully, they’re not dusting off the franchise just to make another generic movie.
SOURCE: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY