Ivan Reitman Plans to Link ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot to Original and Explore International Settings for Future Films

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:

Reitman would like to link the world of the original film to the world of the reboot.

“I think one thing that fans have clearly wanted, and so did I, that somehow we tie the worlds together. I think it was a little awkward that it wasn’t connected, and we certainly heard a lot from everybody out there.”

I’m not exactly sure that this is the “one thing that fans have clearly wanted,” but the inclusion of the original characters in a future film certainly couldn’t hurt!

Reitman would like to create a world of international Ghostbuters franchises, with the New York business remaining as the global headquarters.

“[The] idea doesn’t have to just take place in New York, it can happen over the world. I think it would be really cool to see Korean ghosts or Chinese ghosts. All those great traditions in the world have all these tales and things those people are afraid of. To have a sort of local group of Ghostbusters that tie with the head office in New York would be fun.”

American cinema currently survives due to a global box office marketplace. For example, The Mummy is expected to bomb in American cinemas this weekend, but it will likely also make back its budget due to the fact that Chinese audiences love Tom Cruise and they are expected to head pack theaters this weekend. Given the lucrative possibilities for tailoring American films to foreign markets, it makes sense that Reitman would want to target Korean and Chinese audiences by incorporating Asian culture and locale into future films.

Ironically, it is unlikely that a film like this would make it into Chinese theaters. Last summer, the Ghostbusters reboot famously failed to be approved for Chinese cinemas. At the time, Sony executives claimed that the decision was made because Chinese audiences are largely unfamiliar with the franchise; but there were also rumblings that several similar big budget films have not passed China’s censorship screening due to their visual depictions of ghosts on screen. If Reitman plans to set the next Ghostbusters in China to soak up some of that sweet international box office, he’d better make sure that Chinese officials will allow it to be screened!

Click below to watch the entire interview:

Ghostbusters Day w/ Ivan Reitman and Ernie Hudson

Happy Ghostbusters Day! We are getting into the ghoulish spirit with director Ivan Reitman and star Ernie Hudson answering all your busting questions! SHARE this video to win all the swag you seen on screen. Stick around to the very end for a sneak preview of ACT 2 of the PlayStation Ghostbusters VR. Special thanks to Playmobil, Mondo, 80stees.com, IDW Publishing, and Cryptozoic Entertainment for all the giveaway goodies.

Posted by Super News Live on Thursday, June 8, 2017

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John Evans
Staff Writer at Horror News Network

John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He’s since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.


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