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Yes! Jason Reitman is making Ghostbusters III

January 16th, 2019 by Marc Comments

Praise Gozer!

We hoped… we prayed… we trolled (we didn’t, but you get the point)… and now it’s finally happening. Sony has done what the fans have been crying out for for at least ten years…

Ghostbusters III is happening!

And not only is it happening but, again, like the fans have implored, Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman, is stepping up for the gig.

With the 35th anniversary of the original movie coming up this summer – the Paul Feig reboot was announced on the movie’s 30th anniversary – we have reason to get excited here because, it’s not a reboot, it’s not a re-imagining, it’s a sequel to Ghostbusters II.

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Reitman said.

“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.”

Now, we spoke to Ernie Hudson a few years back and at the time he said that he believed the next chapter in Ghostbusters would see him and the original team older and perhaps handing over the reigns to a new younger group, of course that was before the reboot happened:

But now we have the dream coming through… the new movie is set to appear in cinemas in summer 2020.

But will the original team be back?

“This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet,” says Reitman.

Reitman will also co-write the movie with Gil Kenan, writer of Ghosthouse… which is a wonderful movie.

Talking about the Feig movie, Reitman is keen to say that that movie is not related to what he’s set to make: “I have so much respect for what Paul 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.”

This is honestly all great news – while we didn’t hate the Feig movie we did have issues with it. You can listen to our interview with Feig about the movie here:

But honestly, Ghostbusters, to me, is the most important movie of my childhood and is still my favourite movie today and I have wanted to see the team back together – or at least to find out what happened that world – my whole life.

And now I’m going to see it and from a real fan, someone who was there while his dad MADE the original movies – fun fact, he and his mum are in the scene where the Ghostbusters arrive at Dana’s building to face off against Gozer and he was the kid who told Ray and Winston in Ghostbusters II that ‘my dad says you guys are full of crap’!

“I love everything about it. The iconography. The music. The tone,” Reitman says of the original movie.

“I remember being on set and seeing them try out the card catalog gag for the first time when the library ghost makes them come flying out. I remember the day they killed Stay Puft and I brought home a hardened piece of foam that just sat on a shelf for years. I was scared there was a terror dog underneath my bed before people knew what a terror dog was.”

Reitman himself has become a formidable film-maker with Juno, Thank You For Smoking and Up In The Air and more under his belt, but Ghostbusters has always been in the background for him: “I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember.”

Honestly, I’m a little misty-eyed writing this; will Ivan be involved in the new movie?

“It was a decision he [Jason] had to come to himself,” says Ivan, calling it a passing’s of the torch.

“He worked really hard to be independent and developed a wonderful career on his own. So I was quite surprised when he came to me with Gil and said, ‘I know I’ve been saying for 10 years I’m the last person who should make a Ghostbusters movie, but…I have this idea.’ Literally, I was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny.”

We’re almost crying here too, Ivan. This was such great news to wake up to this morning…

Thoughts?

Source: EW

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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….