Who Ya Gonna Call?
Grab your proton packs and P.K.E. meters: Ghostbusters returns to the big screen, summer of 2020. Following in the footsteps of its 1984 predecessor Ghostbusters II, the new film picks up three decades down the road and will potentially star Carrie Coons (The Leftovers; Fargo) alongside Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things; IT).
Adding to the excitement is the fact that director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking; Juno) will be working hand-in-hand with his father, Ivan Reitman. Ivan was the original director of the first two Ghostbusters films and will serve as a producer this time around. Recently when speaking on the Bill Burr podcast, Jason talked about how this new chapter will look to recreate the same visual aesthetic of the first two films:
“We are, in every way, trying to go back to the original technique and hand the movie back to the fans.”
Don’t Cross the Streams!
Little is known about the plot as of yet, other than it’s said to be focussed around a “mother and son”. Could it be perhaps that Coons is the daughter of Dr. Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett? She does resemble a young Sigourney Weaver after all. Will we see an appearance from any of the original “Boo Bunch” and how will they factor in? Recently EW confirmed:
“Casting for the rest of the family is still underway, and Sony Pictures has not yet confirmed who among the original actors may turn up in the film, although Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson have tweeted enthusiastically about the movie. Bill Murray hasn’t reacted publicly.”
Sadly, the film will be without Harold Ramis who died tragically of an autoimmune disease in 2011. Ramis famously portrayed Egon Spengler in both of the original Ghostbusters films.
Back Off Man, I’m a Scientist!
A recent teaser courtesy of Entertainment Weekly for the upcoming project shows an old barn with a storm on the horizon; inside, someone unknown is repairing a Proton Pack. An eerily playful and familiar score begins to rise, and with a final gust of wind, an old tarp is lifted revealing a rusted and beaten-up looking “ECTO-1”.
When asked his opinion by EW on the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig, Reitman had this to say:
“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. The Ghostbusters universe is big enough to hold a lot of different stories.”
Production for Ghostbusters begins this summer, with a theatrical release set for July 10th, 2020.