Who you gonna call? The answer is obvious, but comes in surprise as EW breaks the news on a new Ghostbusters reboot in the works! Sound the drill, turn on proton packs, and zip up your pants because the call is loud and clear: The Ghostbusters are back with the keys to the Ecto-1 in the hands of a trusted franchise Gatekeeper!
While we still mourn the loss of the great Harold Ramis, co-writer and star of the original 1984 film, the dependency of the Ghostbusters’ universe instead lies within the inherited director’s chair. The director of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Ivan Reitman (Stripes), passes the torch of an animated Lady Liberty to his son Jason Reitman (Tully) for this installment under Sony Pictures. In addition to directing the film, Reitman will also be collaborating on the screenplay with writer Gil Keenan (Monster House), one that is rumored to be nearly complete. He calls this “the next chapter in the original franchise”, stating “It is not a reboot” and that “what happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.”
This new Ghostbusters, secretively working under the title Rust City, will continue from the 1989 sequel and will not be connected to Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) all-female 2016 reboot. While it’s early in the announcement, the plot details are still stiffly under wraps. There’s been no word yet on whether original stars Bill Murray (Caddyshack), Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brother), Ernie Hudson (The Crow), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), and Slimer will return, but it is known that Reitman has begun casting calls for four teenage mystery roles.
If anyone has any reservations about this addition, is it important to know that Reitman mentioned there’d be “no busting’” when it comes to this new Ghostbusters? Filming is set to begin this summer with a predicted release date as early as summer 2020, so I’ll call that a big “yes”.
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