Jason Reitman, the director of next year's Ghostbusters movie, says that his film is a love letter to the original. The first Ghostbusters movie was released back in 1984, and was directed by Ivan Reitman, who returned five years later for Ghostbusters II. Now, 35 years after the first movie was released, Reitman's son is bringing the franchise back to the big screen.
At the beginning of the year, Reitman surprised everyone when he announced that he would be directing a new Ghostbusters set in the original universe. The following day, Ghostbusters received a teaser trailer, and soon after landed a July 2020 release date. Ever since the film was announced, the main question fans have had is whether or not the original cast members will be returning to their iconic roles. The surviving cast members like Bill Murray seemed interested in the project, but Sigourney Weaver recently confirmed that she and the original Ghostbusters were returning for Reitman's film. Now, Reitman has given fans some more insight on the film.
The official Ghostbusters Twitter page recently shared a quote from Reitman, who appeared this weekend at the Ghostbusters Fan Fest in Culvers City, CA. Reitman likely gave a more detailed statement at the actual panel, but the quote pulled for the Ghostbusters tweet reads, "We wanted to make a love letter to the original movie". The full tweet can be seen below.
While some might see the new Ghostbusters as a love letter to the original, others aren't too fond about the sequel. Back in January, Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones had some harsh words to say about the sequel. Jones starred in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig, who supported Jones' comments. At that point, the original cast hadn't been confirmed for the movie, so many didn't think a new movie featuring a group of teenagers as Ghostbusters would have been much better than what Feig did with his reboot.
Even though younger actors Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace have been cast in the film, it was huge news when Weaver revealed that the original cast was returning. Actors like Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Murray, and Weaver all appeared in Feig's Ghostbusters, but they just played cameo roles that didn't connect to the first two movies. Reviews for Feig's Ghostbusters were mixed, but many people disregarded the film simply because of the all-female cast. Fans have been waiting for three decades to see Ghostbusters III, and if Reitman's new film really is a love letter to the original, the original cast will likely have more than just cameo roles.
- Ghostbusters 3 (2020) release date: Jul 10, 2020