The last time a GHOSTBUSTERS movie hit theaters, it became a lightning rod for controversy, casting an all-female team of ‘Busters in an alternate world. The movie was fine on its own, but its connections to the classic original hurt its originality and forced comparisons that were never going to be favorable in a modern age of outrage.
But a huge backlash has never stopped Hollywood from moving forward with new projects, so yesterday we got this:
According to a report in Entertainment Weekly, the new movie will be directed by Jason Reitman, the son of Ivan Reitman, who helmed the original film. The director said this was a continuation of the story from the first two movies.
“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 story says the film will start shooting soon, with a projected release of summer 2020, though no other details were announced. Dan Aykroyd has been trying to get a third Ghostbusters film off the ground for years, to no avail, while Bill Murray has famously been opposed to one (though both made cameos in the 2016 reboot).
This should be an exciting development for Ghostbusters fans, but even GHOSTBUSTERS II wasn’t able to live up to love for the 1984 original.