J.K. Simmons is a close friend and frequent collaborator of filmmaker Jason Reitman’s, and as such, is privy to information that we can only speculate about. But he’s a tough nut to crack, so don’t even think about getting him to spill any details about Reitman’s upcoming sequel to ‘Ghostbusters’.
For starters, Simmons admits that he has known about the project for some time, as he divulged to Entertainment Tonight:
“Which is hilarious, of course, and brilliant. Now I can talk about it. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to see what he’s gonna do with it.”
Although Simmons says that he “can talk about it,” it doesn’t appear that he will. As he continued:
“I can tell you absolutely nothing. I know everything but I’m just not telling you.”
Simmons first worked with Reitman on ‘Thank You for Smoking’ in 2005, and went on to appear in his films ‘Juno’ in 2007, ‘Up in the Air’ in 2009, ‘Young Adult’ in 2011 (uncredited), ‘Labor Day’ in 2013, ‘Men, Women & Children’ in 2014, and ‘The Front Runner’ in 2018.
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Jason Reitman is the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) and ‘Ghostbusters II’ (1989). Jason’s follow-up takes place in the same reality as those pictures, unlike the 2016 reboot, which failed at the box office. However, the new film reportedly shifts the action from New York City to an unnamed small town, where a single mother and her kids discover the supernatural mysteries contained within. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’) was reported to be in talks to play the mother, with ‘Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard as her eldest son, but no official announcement has been made yet. The same goes for 12-year-old ‘Black Mirror’ star Sarah Abbott who is reported to be in the running to play the daughter/sister role.
One thing that is confirmed and can be disclosed, is that Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ will begin haunting theaters on July 10, 2020.
You can watch all of Simmons’ interview below: