Yesterday, news broke of a new Ghostbusters movie to premiere in the summer of 2020, written and directed by Jason Reitman. A teaser for the project has already been released.
Reitman, known for Juno and this year’s Tully and The Front Runner, apparently worked in secret on this project. He wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan, who directed 2015’s Poltergeist and 2005’s Monster House.
The new flick will follow the continuity of the ‘80s originals, which were directed by Reitman’s own father, Ivan Reitman, who will serve as producer. For the younger Reitman, Ghostbusters was a special project for him to take on, having grown up on the set of the two movies. He said to Entertainment Weekly: “I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember.”
What we can expect
Reitman has confirmed that this is not a reboot, but instead an extension of the Ghostbusters universe. “What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.” While little is known about the plot, The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit alleges that the movie revolves around teenagers: two boys and two girls.
The main characters will be 4 teens: 2 boys, 2 girls, per sources. https://t.co/jwcSlpz3CY
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) January 16, 2019
Reitman has confirmed that the movie will not grapple with the continuity of the 2016 reboot. “I have so much respect for what [director Paul Feig] 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.”
And hours after making the announcement, a teaser video has already been published by EW. After 2016’s remake fell flat, Ghostbusters fans might be skeptical of yet another installment in the franchise, but the teaser has heartfelt callbacks to the past. The late Elmer Bernstein’s score, and the original logo are prominent features. And if nothing else reassures you, then director Reitman’s love of the franchise should. As the movies’ “first fan,” as he puts it, I’m confident he’ll deliver something that’ll match the spirit of the originals.