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Ivan Reitman: “We’re still developing more Ghostbusters movies…”

March 21st, 2017 by Marc Comments

One thing that we know for sure is that, love it or hate it (here’s our review), Ghostbusters 2016 was a bit of a damp squib.

The movie itself was well enough received critically but the fans stayed away in droves, with the movie not really sure who – or what – its audience really was. As a result, the movie reportedly lost up to $70m… that’s some whack of money to lose, no matter who you are.

We knew there was an animated movie and series still coming (here) and despite writer/director Paul Feig saying he believed the movie was a success and a sequel could still happen (here), no-one really believed another live-action Ghostbusters movie could happen. At least not for a loooong time.

No-one it seems, except the director of the original two Ghostbusters movies and producer of the 2016 one, Ivan Reitman.

Reitman, who was the voice of reason after the new movie failed and was one of the few who told the truth and said the movie’s failure had nothing to do with sexism (here), has said that Ghost Corp, the think tank charged with creating a Ghostbusters universe, is still working on several Ghostbusters movies.


“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit,” Reitman said about the 2016 remake.

“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.”

Of course there’s a million stories about how Sony – particularly Amy Pascal – pushed Reitman out to give Feig free reign, but Reitman is being a very stand-up guy about the whole thing.

“We jumped into an animated film and we are developing live-action films,” continues Reitman.

“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.”

It’s interesting because we know that there is a script out there that can bring both Ghostbusters teams together (here) and it was worked on by Reitman and the Russo brothers who were at one point part of Ghost Corp, so we’re wondering if that could still happen… although the new IDW series Ghostbusters 101 does just that.

Whatever happens, we’re in now way against the idea of more Ghostbusters movies, in either universe – but we do ask that they have love and care put into them.

Anyway, more GB movies? What say you all? Let us know…

Source: /Film

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….