Jason Reitman, the son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, will direct and co-write a brand-new Ghostbusters movie.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the film will be set in the original Ghostbusters universe where Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore defeated Gozer the Gozerian in the 1984 movie and later, dethroned Vigo the Carpathian in 1989's sequel, 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.”
The new film will not be connected to the 2016 Ghostbusters remake, which was directed by Paul Feig and starred Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy. The remake also took place in a completely separate universe. “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,” Reitman said.
The details of Reitman's film are unknown, with questions remaining about the script, the direction of the film, what new characters may appear and what role any actors from the original cast such as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver or others may play. Another important question will be how the film addresses the absence of Dr. Egon Spengler, portrayed by Ghostbusters co-creator Harold Ramis, who passed away in 2014.
Jason Reitman appeared in Ghostbusters II as a kid who insulted the team during a performance at a birthday party.
The film is scheduled to be released in Summer 2020.