Who Ya Gonna Call! Looks Like We Might Be Getting Ghostbusters 3!
The Ghostbusters franchise is coming back again. Entertainment Weekly reports that Sony Pictures has tapped Jason Reitman (the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 film) to direct a sequel set in the world of the original Ghostbusters. It’s planned for a summer 2020 release.
Reitman is coming off his own string of well-received films, including Juno, Up in the Air, Tully, and last year’s The Front Runner. He tells EW, “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.” It’s not clear whether the franchise’s original surviving leads — Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Bill Murray — will return to reprise their roles. (The film’s fourth star, Harold Ramis, died in 2014.) According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reitman is looking to cast two male and two female teenagers for the film.
Various Hollywood trade papers note that the Ghostbusters franchise remains a priority for Sony, even if the 2016 film disappointed at the box office. Any sequel will inevitably be tainted by the backlash against Feig’s reboot, and a return to the original story feels as though Sony is trying to head off further resistance and online rage. Reitman’s new project might satisfy continuity hounds who genuinely loved the original films and / or the 1980s animated spinoff series, but this could be another demonstration that studios are willing to wilt before online backlash. Hopefully, this new film will retain some of the reboot’s high-minded goals and run with them.