The third film in the Ghostbusters franchise will reportedly begin filming on May 13th, 2019.
The sequel will be helmed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, who directed both original films. The new, as-yet untitled film, though set in the original continuity, will focus on four teenagers -- two boys and two girls -- who will don the proton packs and set out banishing ghosts.
Jason Reitman’s ‘GHOSTBUSTERS’ sequel is eyeing to begin filming on May 13th. (EXCLUSIVE) pic.twitter.com/uT2MzP1zgI— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) February 12, 2019
It's been 30 years since Ghostbusters II and, while Dan Akroyd consistently expressed interest in continuing the original franchise, development of a sequel has been difficult for a variety of reasons. Not the least of these has been the passing of beloved cast member Harold Ramis, who not only helped write the original two Ghostbusters films, but starred in them as Egon Spengler. Additionally, creative differences between Akroyd and Bill Murray have made the return of the original team a tenuous possibility. However, when Akroyd last spoke of the film, he expressed confidence Murray would join.
The last Ghostbusters film hit cinemas in 2016. A reboot of the original, Paul Feig's Ghostbusters: Answer the Call featured an all-female team of Ghostbusters and multiple cameos from the original cast members. The film polarized fans of the franchise and, while some were optimistic about the reboot, others accused the filmmakers of using an all-female cast as a gimmick. The controversy resulted in the stars of the film becoming subjects of online harassment. Answer the Call opened to mixed reviews from critics and audiences and under-performed at the box office, earning less than half its budget.
The recent announcement of Ghostbusters 3 and what seems to be a willingness to ignore the characters and events of the reboot film completely have led actress Leslie Jones and director Paul Feig to voice their disappointment.
Aside from the start date for production and what little was given from the brief teaser released last month, few details are available for Ghostbusters 3. The film is scheduled for release some time in 2020, but there has been no confirmation that the original stars will make appearances, though Ernie Hudson -- who played Winston Heddemore -- has recently expressed interest in returning to the franchise.