Friday 22 February 2019

'It's not a reboot' - Jason Reitman to direct new Ghostbusters film set in modern day

Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan directed the first film, will direct a new movie set to arrive in 2020.

Ernie Hudson, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis in 'Ghostbusters'
Ernie Hudson, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis in 'Ghostbusters'
Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters
In Ghostbusters, Dan Aykroyd's Ray Lantz laconically puffs his way through various slimings.
Slimer in Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters

A new Ghostbusters film is in development, its director has revealed.

Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan Reitman directed the beloved 1984 original and its 1989 sequel, will helm the latest instalment in the supernatural comedy franchise.

Writing on Twitter, Reitman said: “Finally got the keys to the car. #GB20.”

The upcoming Ghostbusters is not a reboot, Reitman said, and is set in the present day.

Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters
Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters

It is unknown whether stars of the original movie such as Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray will return. Harold Ramis, who also appeared in the first film, died in 2014.

Ghostbusters is set for release in 2020.

Reitman, who will also co-write the film, told Entertainment Weekly: “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 ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.”

He added: “This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”

The last instalment of the franchise arrived in 2016 and focused on four women – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wii, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – who started a ghost-catching business in New York City.

While the casting for the fourth outing is still unclear, fans and critics of the earlier three movies have not shied away from sharing their opinions online.

Some people saw the news as a reaction to the backlash the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot received for featuring female comedians in the lead roles.

“I’m totally fine with there being a new Ghostbusters movie set in the original universe – I just hate that the worst people will take credit for ‘winning’ because they were so against the idea of female Ghostbusters. Sigh.,” wrote Twitter user Eric Goldman.

Another user, Eric Goldmark, wrote: “Boy, I can’t wait for all the ‘I’m not sexist, I just hate unnecessary reboots!’ people to get frothing-at-the-mouth angry at THIS unnecessary reboot too.”

Others agreed that a fourth Ghostbusters film felt like a step too far.

“I say this as someone who grew up loving Ghostbusters, watching the cartoon, seeing the movie over and over and over again to a degree which is probably unhealthy but whatever: stop trying to make Ghostbusters happen,” tweeted writer Zack Handlen.

Some thought it would be impossible to recreate the magic of the original films, described as “lightning in a bottle” by Liz Finnegan.

She tweeted: “I said it last time they tried this, I’ll say it again – I don’t see how they can make that magic happen again.

“Almost none of the scenes were filmed as scripted. Most of Bill Murray’s lines were ad-libs. You can’t write the magic that happened on that screen, and I really wish people would stop trying to. Let it go.”

While others noted the creeping trend of sons remaking films their famous fathers had directed.

Jason Reitman confirmed the news on Twitter, writing simply: “Finally got the keys to the car. #GB20”

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