After the box office disappointment of Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, it was unclear what the future might hold for Ghostbusters fans. At the time, Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd had been very ambitious and formed a production company called Ghost Corps to oversee a whole universe of Ghostbusters movies, but their other projects (which included an all-male reboot and an animated series called Ghostbusters: Ecto Force) were put on hold. Last we heard, a Ghostbusters animated feature was still in development, but now this week they have gone and dropped a pretty major bombshell: Jason Reitman will take on the mantle from his father and direct a brand new sequel set in the original Ghostbusters universe. Reitman had this to say about the announcement:
“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… 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.”
Reitman went on to praise the female Ghostbusters film, stating he’d like to see more stories from that cast as well, but it is unclear if Sony agrees. This new movie is aiming for a summer 2020 release and it will be co-written by Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist) while Ivan Reitman will produce. As per usual, it is still unclear if any of the original cast members will return but you have to wonder what would be the point of continuing this storyline if they weren’t involved in some way. Are you looking forward to a brand new movie set in the original Ghostbusters universe?