Jason Reitman (Tully, Up in the Air, Juno) is set direct and co-write a new Ghostbusters movie for Sony Pictures that is set in the world of the original two films, the filmmaker tells Entertainment Weekly. The first two films were directed by his father, Ivan Reitman.
“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 told the magazine. “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.”
The studio has set a Summer 2020 release date for the new Ghostbusters movie, which is expected to start shooting in a few months. It has not been revealed whether original actors like Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, or Ernie Hudson will return (Harold Ramis passed away in 2014).
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Reitman is casting four teens for the movie, two boys and two girls.
“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 Gil Kenan.
The movie will have no connection to the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters movie that was released in 2016 and stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. “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 adds.
Ivan Reitman will produce the movie. “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out,” said Ivan. “It was a decision he had to come to himself. He worked really hard to be independent and developed a wonderful career on his own. So 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.”