Sony Pictures has been thinking about the future of the Ghostbusters franchise, and Ivan Reitman says he would like to connect the original movies with last year’s reboot. Reitman co-created Ghostbusters alongside series stars Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis in the early ’80s. Together, they conceived one of the most beloved comedy movies of all time.
The first film released in 1984 and starred Aykroyd, Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and of course, Bill Murray. Reitman directed the film as well as its sequel, Ghostbusters II, which released in 1989. Ever since then, franchise fans had been clamoring for a third installment, and it looked things were finally moving forward a few years ago. Then, the studio decided to abandon the project and, instead, push forward with a female-led reboot, directed by Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the new team.
Last year, Sony Pictures christened June 8 as Ghostbusters Day, commemorating the anniversary of the original film from 1984. This year, Reitman and Hudson appeared on Super News Live to discuss the past as well as the future of the franchise. If he was given the chance to helm another Ghostbusters movie in the future, Reitman said that he would take the opportunity to connect his original films with Feig’s reboot.
“I think one thing that fans have clearly wanted, and so did I, is that somehow we tie the worlds together. That the historical films – the ones that I originally directed, you know, back in the ’80s – mixed with the film that Paul Feig just did and that world. I think it was a little awkward that it wasn’t connected, and we certainly heard a lot from everybody out there. So I would definitely want to connect to all of that.”
Feig’s 2016 film essentially disregarded the past installments, and that’s, in part, why longtime fans were upset with the very notion of a reboot. After all, people have been waiting years to see the original team together again on the big screen – in uniform – fighting ghosts. Of course, it would be a difficult task to get both sets of teams together for another film, so Reitman and the studio have also been looking at how they can capitalize on the in-universe Ghostbusters franchise, possibly expanding beyond New York City.
“What we’ve been doing a lot of is thinking about the franchise rights for Ghostbuster, because Ghostbusters – that idea doesn’t have to just take place in New York, it can happen over the world. I think it would be really cool to see Korean ghosts or Chinese ghosts. All those great traditions in the world have all these historical stories and all these tales of things [that] those people are afraid of. To have a sort of local group of Ghostbusters that tie with the head office in New York would be fun.”
Considering the recent comments from Aykroyd about Feig’s direction of the reboot, it sounds like whatever Feig had planned for Ghostbusters‘ future has been thrown out the door. If so, then this could be the opportune time for Reitman to once again get behind the wheel of the franchise. Interestingly, the notion of the original Ghostbusters teaming up with the new group is something IDW Publishing explored in a six-part limited comic book series earlier this year. Even if that’s not the way to go, it could certainly be interesting to see a Ghostbusters film on a global scale.
Source: Super News Live