AceShowbiz - Jason Reitman is resurrecting the ghost-hunting team. The "Juno" director, whose father Ivan Reitman directed the first two movies in the "Ghostbusters" film franchise, is set to serve behind the lens for a new sequel, which will be set in the world where the proton pack-wearing team went in action three decades ago.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the new sequel will be a continuation to the 1984 movie and is not related to the all-female reboot "Ghostbusters (2016)" which was directed by Paul Feig. Filming is expected to start in a few months for a summer 2020 release.
"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 tells the site. "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."
"I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them," he says of the reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. "However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film."
Reitman co-writes the script along with "Monster House" and "Poltergeist" remake filmmaker Gil Kenan. The plot is still under wraps and it's currently unknown if there's any of the original cast members like Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson or Bill Murray will return for the upcoming movie.
"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," Reitman teases. His father will produce the movie. Ivan said he's touched his son wanted to continue his legacy. "I was quite surprised when he came to me with Gil and said, 'I know I've been saying for 10 years I'm the last person who should make a 'Ghostbusters' movie, but...I have this idea.' Literally, I was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny," the veteran filmmaker shared.
Aykroyd was one of the original actors who has remained hopeful about "Ghostbusters 3". "There is a possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters," he said in November 2018. "I think Billy will come. The story's so good. Even if he plays a ghost."
Murray has hinted several times that he's not interested to return for another "Ghostbusters" movie, while Harold Ramis, one of the original actors in the first two movies who also co-wrote the scripts with Aykroyd, passed away in 2014.