In a new interview, Ghostbusters director Jason Reitman explained the lengths he's taking to replicate the feel of the original films, for a movie he calls "a love letter to Ghostbusters."
"I love this franchise," Reitman said on the Bill Burr Podcast. "I grew up watching it. I consider myself the first Ghostbusters fan. I was like seven years old when that movie came out and I love it. I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans.”
He used the upcoming film's teaser trailer as an example of the kind of film he aims to produce. "We went back to the work files for the sound of the proton pack. And we went back to the stems of Elmer Berstein’s score. Just for where it says, in the teaser, ‘Summer 2020,’ we went back and found the original physical vinyl letters they used to create the Ghostbusters poster in 1984," he explained. "Re-scanned them and then our titles guys reprinted them. We filmed the titles. Not like in a computer. We shot physical titles with a light and smoke effect because that’s how they would have done it back in the day.”
With that example in mind, Reitman promises that he will continue to follow the original technique his father Ivan Reitman and crew used in making the original films and "hand the movie back to the fans."
As previously revealed, the film will have no connection with the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters, which attempted to take the franchise in a new direction with an all-female cast and a similar, but original storyline. The 2016 film launched a wave of backlash and targeted harassment campaigns against star Leslie Jones from fans who claimed the movie's existence ruined both the franchise and their childhoods.
Press for the upcoming Ghostbusters film has already gained notable criticism, specifically from Jones and Feig, over its existence and comments made by Reitman and Ghostbusters co-creator Dan Akryoyd. Reitman's latest interview, as above, has received similar push-back for his implication that his upcoming film was designed for those fans who railed against the 2016 film.
Directed and co-written by Jason Reitman with Gil Kenan (Monster House), the upcoming Ghostbusters revival is scheduled to be released on July 20, 2020.