"Ghostbusters" had been waiting for a third film for more than 25 years by the time Sony Pictures decided to restart the franchise with director Paul Feig. The result was one of the more divisive reboots in recent cinematic history.
Ivan Reitman directed the first two "Ghostbusters," and he is still heavily involved behind the scenes at Sony, where they're looking for additional ways to expand the franchise. An animated feature is already in the works, but the filmmaker isn't ready to rule out more live-action movies.
“We jumped into an animated film and we are developing live-action films," he told io9.com. "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.”
Reitman also acknowledged the 2016 reboot may not have been all that he, or the studio, imagined it might be.
“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit," he said, "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 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.”
The animated "Ghostbusters: Ecto Force" is expected to hit theaters in 2018 or 2019.