Fasten your seat belts, because the Ecto-1 is about to ride again! Entertainment Weekly reports that Jason Reitman will direct a sequel to 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters III, based on a script co-written by Reitman and Gil Kenan (Monster House). Reitman is the son of Ivan Reitman, the legendary director of the original series, and he even played the role of the unimpressed birthday boy at the beginning of the second movie. In his interview with EW, he fondly recalls his experiences on the set of the original film:
Over the past few months, producers (and original creators) Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd have publicly slammed director Paul Feige for the financial failure of last summers Ghostbusters reboot. Both have expressed nothing but love for the new cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon; and they believe that the film’s flaw was Feige’s unreasonably high budget and expensive reshoots, which were required to complete the film.
With Feige out of the picture Reitman and Aykroyd are free to go in any new direction they please, and they alone are responsible for the success or failure of upcoming Ghostbusters installments. Yesterday, Ivan Reitman and Ernie Hudson sat down for a Facebook Live Q&A to celebrate “Ghostbusters Day.” During the event, Reitman shared some of his ideas for future installments. Here’s what he had to say: read more
Now that the promotional period for last summer’s Ghostbusters reboot has died down, the film’s producers are more likely to say what’s on their mind about the success of the project (or lack thereof… the film earned approximately $128 million at the domestic box office against a budget of $144 million).
Over the weekend, Aykroyd appeared on Brittain’s Channel 4 show, Sunday Brunch. When asked about the 2016 Ghostbusters film, he didn’t hold back. His comments were edited from future airings of the episode, but Deadline has transcribed his statements: read more
Ghostbusters (2016) earned approximately $128 million at the domestic box office against a budget of $144 million. It picked up an extra $100 million overseas, but it’s safe to say that the film underperformed financially. The film’s performance led to questions and speculation about the future of Ghostbusters-related projects. Fortunately, Ivan Reitman (director of the original two films, and producer of the reboot) has a plan for the future. He recently sat down with io9 to reflect on last year’s project and shed some light on his ideas for the franchise. Here’s what he had to say: read more