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Fans are relieved that Jason Reitman’s upcoming ‘Ghostbusters’ movie takes place in the same world as the original movies from the ’80s, unlike Paul Feig‘s attempted reboot in 2016.  But according to Reitman, son of Ivan, who directed the first two, his vision might never have become a reality without Feig’s film kicking down the door.

Jason, Ivan, and Feig appeared at a ‘Ghostbusters’ fan event in Los Angeles over the weekend, and while Jason Reitman couldn’t give too much away about his upcoming movie, he did take a moment to give credit to Feig:

“[I want to] express gratitude to you for kicking down the door on what a Ghostbuster and who a Ghostbuster can be. … You were the first person through the door, and you were the person who allowed me, and [will] allow other people, to then make Ghostbusters movies about people of every race, every gender, for people around the world. There are all kinds of Ghostbusters movies that I want to see. Thank you for making that possible.”


Feig recast the ‘Ghostbusters’– all men in the originals– as all women– Leslie JonesMelissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig.  Chris Hemsworth co-starred as their himbo receptionist Kevin.  Not only were these all new characters, but this film also took place in a new world, where the events of the first two movies never happened.


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Reportedly, Reitman’s redo is set in the original ‘Ghostbusters’ continuity, although his cast will also be a departure from the all-male founders.  They will be kids.

As he also divulged at the gathering:

“We wanted to make a love letter to the original movie. And this is a story that I — again, I did not expect to be making a new Ghostbusters movie. I thought I was going to be this Indie dude who made Sundance movies. And then this character came to me. She was a 12 year old girl. I didn’t know who she was or why she popped into my head, but I saw her with a proton pack in her hand. And I wrote this story. This story began to form over many years actually. It started with a girl and all of a sudden it was a family. And eventually I knew this movie that I needed to make, that I needed to write.”

Mckenna Grace in ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, Courtesy Netflix

Mckenna Grace heads up the cast of Reitman’s version, however, the names of the characters haven’t been divulged.  Finn Wolfhard plays her older brother, with Carrie Coon as their mother.  RUMOR has it, Coon’s character is the daughter of Egon Spengler, the OG ‘Buster played by Harold Ramis, who passed away in 2014.

In another departure, it is reported that Reitman’s film isn’t set in New York City, but in a small town overrun with supernatural secrets.

Finally, Reitman offered a bit more of a tease for his movie:

“It’s a new movie. It’s really about a new set of characters. It takes place in a new place, a new location. And what I said to you, Paul, and meant, is that what I’m excited for is the possibility of all kinds of Ghostbusters movies. I’m hoping that you guys will join me on this one because these characters are amazing, I can’t wait to introduce you to them. … They are a family. … This is what I’ll say. You don’t know their connection [to the original characters]. And they don’t know their connection yet, either.”

Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters 3’ is due to be released on July 10, 2020.


Source: Cinema Blend