Son of Ghostbusters’ original director is un-rebooting the franchise for 2020

Call me surprised: Jason Reitman is directing and co-writing a new Ghostbusters movie that’s coming out in 2020, and there’s already a teaser video posted at Entertainment Weekly (if you can’t watch the embed above).

Reitman is the son of Ivan Reitman, the director and producer of 1984’s original Ghostbusters movie and its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II. The Son of Reitman tells EW his project, set in the present day, “is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot.”

To be sure, the teaser is full of sights (Ecto-1, signature special effects) and sound effects and musical cues that are engineered to stoke nostalgia for the original.

Does this mean the “Ghostbros” who railed against 2016’s female-focused feature have won? Maybe. Maybe not — just because the next film will embrace the original Ghostbusters universe doesn’t mean this is meant to be a repudiation of the newer interpretation (which had problems but they had nothing to do with gender); that’s a lot to lump on a movie we know almost nothing about.


Here’s a thought:

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