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Published On: Thu, Jan 17th, 2019

New ‘Ghostbusters’ film coming 2020, Jason Reitman writing and directing

Yesterday news broke that Sony Pictures is not only planning to release a new Ghostbusters movie in Summer 2020, but that original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman’s son Jason Reitman is co-writing and directing the project.

Check out the new Ghostbusters movie teaser trailer below, via EW, and watch out for casting news in the coming weeks and months.

Everybody can relax, I found the car. #GB20pic.twitter.com/WIxZRehbeY — Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) January 16, 2019

The footage focuses on a quiet night outside, a weather-worn barn. Someone is tinkering on a machine that refuses to start. As the camera presses in, late Elmer Bernstein’s recognizable score from the library scene of the 1984 original is dubbed in. There is a small bit of ectoplasm on a nearby fence and then fans get the big reveal: Ecto-1.

“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.”

Sony Pictures has dated the film for Summer 2020, with plans to start shooting in a few months.

“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.

Paul Feig made made a new film in 2016 with Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy started its story from scratch, unconnected to the earlier films, so it won’t have ties to this new one. “I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film,” Reitman says.

Reitman confesses that he is as obsessed with Ghostbusters as any other ‘80s kid.

“I love everything about it. The iconography. The music. The tone,” Reitman says. “I remember being on set and seeing them try out the card catalog gag for the first time when the library ghost makes them come flying out. I remember the day they killed Stay Puft and I brought home a hardened piece of foam that just sat on a shelf for years. I was scared there was a terror dog underneath my bed before people knew what a terror dog was.”

Sony is also developing an animated Ghostbusters film, but that will come out after this new live-action project, and a different team will be involved in creating it.

“The Ghostbusters universe is big enough to hold a lot of different stories,” Jason says.

Forbes entertainment reporter Scott Mendelson denounced Sony’s decision as placating “misogynistic trolls,” “you’re rewarding a white male director whose last five movies bombed” and “Kids don’t care that a reboot is newbie-friendly while their parents want to see new movies set in the old continuity.”

“The idea of giving the most disrespectful ‘Ghostbusters’ fanboys, like the ones who temporarily drove Leslie Jones off of Twitter, even a little of what they want is (unintentionally?) odious,” he writes.

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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