Well, nobody saw this one coming. Jason Reitman has revealed that he's following in his father's footsteps to take on the Ghostbusters franchise with a sequel to the original second movie. Jason is, of course, the filmmaking son of Ghostbusters legend Ivan Reitman, and the project has been developed in secrecy with a script already greenlit by Sony for a Summer 2020 release.
The new film won't be a continuation of Paul Feig's 2016 reboot, tentatively titled Ghostbusters 3, a teaser trailer was unveiled earlier today which features the iconic Ecto-1. Speaking about the sequel to Entertainment Weekly, here's what Reitman (Jason) had to say;
“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.”
While there is no mention of the original cast, this legacy sequel (the original characters return in supporting roles to usher in newbies) sounds very similar to a version that original writers Dan Aykroyd and the late great Harold Ramis had worked on more than fifteen years ago. That version never came to pass and despite Aykroyd's best efforts, not Ghostbusters 3 materialised. However, back in 2015, Sony set up Ghost Corps, a division that would exclusively develop Ghostbusters sequels, spin-offs, TV shows, and a host of related content. Channing Tatum was attached to lead the cast of a spin-off that would have been directed by Joe & Anthony Russo (Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame), again, that project didn't make it out of development hell.
I didn't love Feig's version, I didn't hate it as some fans do, but it's an overly glossy big-budget spectacle that focuses more on CGI than developing characters audiences will love. All four leading ladies did the best with the material they had, but they deserved a better script than the one they ended up making.
I have enjoyed most of Jason Reitman's films, especially Juno, Thank You For Smoking, Young Adult, Tully, and the recent political drama The Front Runner. That said, there's nothing on his CV that screams he's a perfect choice, but nobody can dispute his love of the franchise. I don't doubt that Paul Feig has a lot of affection for Ghostbusters, but that didn't fully translate to the big screen. Production on the new film is set to start this summer, at the time of writing there are no details on casting or if any of the original cast will be making cameos. We'll keep you updated with any developments.