Who You Gonna Call? New ‘Ghostbusters’ Due

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The famous Ghostbusters Ectomobile, as seen in the teaser trailer for the 2020 film

Who you gonna call? Jason Reitman, that’s who. A new Ghostbusters film is coming in 2020 from the son of the 1984 comedy film’s director, Ivan Reitman.

Sigourney Weaver, one of the stars of the original, told Parade in a June 7 interview that she’ll be in it. She also revealed that two other prominent stars will return, noting: “It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!”

A teaser trailer was released on January 16, 2019, and the 41-year-old director himself tweeted a message: “Finally got the keys to the car. #GB20.” Watch the teaser trailer below.

A scene from the original Ghostbusters film

The original movie earned $295 million, making it the highest-grossing comedy at that time. It’s returning to the big screen on October 6 and October 10 via Fathom Events for its 35th anniversary. The special presentation will feature an introduction that reunites key members of the cast, sharing the memories of making the film. The introduction will also include newly unearthed and rarely seen alternate takes from famous scenes.

Tickets for the 35th anniversary screenings are available here.

The film, written by Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, starred the pair, along with Murray and Ernie Hudson, as parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business. Weaver and Rick Moranis were among its co-stars.

Watch the original film’s trailer

Jason Reitman co-wrote the “next chapter” with Gil Kenan. Reitman told Entertainment Weekly: “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. 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.”

The 2020 film’s cast includes Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon. Aykroyd and Murray are reportedly in. Hudson is confirmed. It’s not known yet if Moranis will appear. Ramis died in 2014.

The young Reitman is a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Director, receiving the honor for the 2007 film Juno and 2009’s Up in the Air.

His father will produce the new Sony Pictures edition. “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out,” he told EW.

An all-female version of Ghostbusters was released in 2016 from director Paul Feig. It starred Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

The theme song from the original, performed by Ray Parker, Jr., was #1 for three weeks in August 1984.

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  1. Billy K.
    #1 Billy K. 19 June, 2019, 09:33

    Difficult to gauge how this will do. There are pros and cons about doing sequels/ prequels/re-boots to begin with…..much like doing cover versions of songs….it can often be risky…..it can be excellent……but there is also a chance of it backfiring. Whatever happens, will be on a much larger scale, since it is a movie.

    The fact that there was a “Ghostbusters” movie in 2016—and one that was neither liked by critics or fans—doesn’t help matters. People simply got a bad taste from that one, and it will make it more difficult to sell this one.

    The fact there is also confusion, related to this, doesn’t help. “Spider Man 3” and “The Amazing Spider Man 3” were made 5 years apart….yet many think it is the same movie. And no surprise that people think “we saw this one already”, and plain not show up to the theaters.

    Some re-done movies have are not really thought out or written well( “Staying Alive”, the sequel to “Saturday Night Fever”). In the case of the “Mamma Mia” sequel, they had that, but some other things on top of it.

    There was also an expectation that more/
    different ABBA songs would be added. Some, but not a significant amount. Fake and un-authentic scenery did not help matters either.

    Reitman has a lot of lot of issues to overcome, as far as winning over fans for this new movie.

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