Published Jan 16, 2019Oscar-nominated Canadian director Jason Reitman will be following in his father's footsteps by directing the next instalment of Ghostbusters.
His dad, Ivan Reitman, produced and directed both the original 1984 film, as well as its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2.
The younger Reitman's upcoming movie will exist in the original universe of the first two films, rather than picking up where the 2016 all-female reboot left off. It was anticipated that the 2016 film would not get a sequel due to its poor return at the box office.
"I've always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set," Jason Reitman told Entertainment Weekly. "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."
He added, "I have so much respect for what 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."
Shooting is expected to begin in a few months, and the film is expected to be released in summer 2020 via Sony Pictures.
UPDATE (1/16, 2:30 p.m. EST): You can now check out a teaser for the film below. As you'll notice, it comes with the hashtag #GB20, so yes, this is very much happening.
So far, no details have been released regarding the cast. The original Ghostbusters features Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis.
See the younger Reitman's Twitter announcement of the upcoming project below.