Ivan Reitman, who directed the original ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Ghostbusters II’ and produced last year’s Paul Feig-directed reboot reflected on the tepid performance of the reboot, saying:
“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit. But considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much, frankly, and that’s the real issue. I personally had other points of view in terms of where the film should go and it was kind of a continuous conversation with Paul [Feig] about that. But Paul was the filmmaker on this one and he’s a very talented director. I wanted to give him enough room to do the film he thought it should be.”
The reboot seemed doomed from the start. Many were simply upset that ‘Ghostbusters’ was being rebooted in the first place, but Sony wasn’t leaving that money just sitting on the table. Some were upset at the casting of all females in the lead roles, with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones headlining.
However, despite the reboot’s poor reception and box office performance, Sony still plans to move forward with additional ‘Ghostbusters’ films, both animated and live-action and Reitman is spearheading the entire initiative.
“I think ‘Ghostbusters’is this wonderful [intellectual property] because it has so many storytelling opportunities. ‘Ghostbusters’is so big you can kind of go all over the place.”
“We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”
Reitman hopes to get the animated movie in theaters by 2019 or 2020.
“It depends on on how fast we can get it all together. It’s hard to make an animated film.”
In addition, ‘Ghostbusters’ is expanding as a VR experience available on the Playstation Store, ‘Ghostbusters: Now Hiring’
One movie you shouldn’t expect to see is another with the cast of the reboot. That film didn’t break even at the box office, so any live-action movies will surely feature all-new cast members.
However, as I felt about the reboot, it seems that most fans simply didn’t want to see another ‘Ghostbusters’ minus the original cast. I’m not sure what Sony can do that will win people back over.
What types of ‘Ghostbusters’ movies would you like to see in the future?