TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - January 16, 2019
Like, tolerate, or abhor the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, it's undeniable that it left the franchise irreparably broken due to overreactions by fans on many sides. On many sides. At this point in time, it seems like the franchise should just remain dead and buried, but because there's always blood to be gotten from a stone—and in Hollywood, that blood is synonymous with money—Ghostbusters appears to live again.
Though Jason Reitman has spent the bulk of his career differentiating himself from his father, it seems the faster he's tried to run away, the more he's actually just been running in a circle. Entertainment Weekly reports that the Oscar nominated director is tackling his dad's famous franchise by making a direct sequel to Ghostbusters II, set in the present day...
“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.”
So like David Gordon Green's Halloween, this will likely write or kill off those original Ghostbusters not able (Harold Ramis) or interested (Bill Murray) in participating, and just let a story unfold that's harmonious with what's come before. Honestly, Ghostbusters II perfectly set up the camaraderie between Ray and Winston anyway, what with them unsuccessfully trying to launch a birthday party business, so I guess it'll be more of that? Reitman's not interested in divulging details at the moment...
“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,” says Reitman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Monster House and Poltergeist remake filmmaker Gil Kenan.
Great, the Poltergeist remake guy, perfect choice. I hate this movie already.
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