Jason Reitman is finally bringing Ghostbusters 3 to the screen, and is reportedly now targeting May 13th as the movie's filming start date. Just last month, Reitman dropped the surprise announcement that he is going ahead with a Ghostbusters sequel, working from a script he co-wrote with Monster House director Gil Kenan.
A very brief Ghostbusters 3 teaser has already been released featuring the iconic Ecto-1 stashed in a barn somewhere, indicating that when the movie takes place, the Ghostbusters have been out of action for a very long time. Most details on the story are a secret as of now, but the movie reportedly will revolve around four teenage characters, two male and two female. Unlike 2016's Ghostbusters reboot, the new film will take place in the same universe as the original 1984 film and its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2. As yet, there has been no word on the possible participation of original Ghostbusters cast members, but Ernie Hudson for one says he's reached out to Reitman to talk about the project.
Having set a 2020 release date, Ghostbusters 3 is now moving through the process of production, and according to a report from DiscussingFilm Reitman and company are targeting May 13 as the date for filming to commence. As of yet, no casting announcements have been made, but no doubt a lot of teenage actors will be lining up for their chance to don their proton packs and get to busting ghosts.
Opinion is of course quite divided as to whether it's a good idea to bring back Ghostbusters again so soon after the 2016 reboot, and without that movie's female-led cast. Reboot star Leslie Jones has made her own thoughts on the matter quite clear, saying she thinks it's insulting that the 2016 film is already being swept under the rug. That movie's director Paul Feig got behind Jones' statements, saying he supports Reitman's film but is sad he won't get to do another Ghostbusters movie with Jones and her castmates.
Of course, though the Ghostbusters reboot certainly generated a lot of conversation, it didn't do as well at the box office as Sony would've liked, so from the studio's point-of-view it makes sense to change directions and go with a different take. Reitman comes to the project with plenty of credibility, having directed the Oscar-nominated Up In the Air as well as other well-regarded films, including last year's comedy Tully. He also has Ghostbusters in his blood, being the son of the original movie's director Ivan Reitman. None of this guarantees that Ghostbusters 3 will be good of course, but now fans know the long-awaited third installment will at least see the light of day.