Jason Reitman -- whose dad, Ivan Reitman, directed the first two "Ghostbusters" films -- is taking over the franchise, EW reports.
It will be "set in the world that was saved decades previously by the proton pack-wearing working stiffs in the original 1984 movie."
So... does that mean that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson will be back? That's not addressed, but we do know that it will be set in the present day. And make no reference to the 2016 reboot.
"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," says Jason Reitman. "I have so much respect for what Paul [Feig] created with those brilliant actresses [in the 2016 film], and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film."
When he was six, by the way, he was an extra in the 1984 original. And the kid who tells the now down-and-out Ghostbusters in the 1989 sequel, "My dad says you guys are full of crap.”
Sony Pictures has scheduled the film for Summer 2020, with plans to start shooting in a few months.
Father Ivan is producing the movie. “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out," he told EW. "[Jason] worked really hard to be independent and developed a wonderful career on his own. So I was quite surprised when he came to me with [cowriter Gil Kenan] and said, ‘I know I’ve been saying for 10 years I’m the last person who should make a 'Ghostbusters' movie, but…I have this idea.' Literally, I was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny."
The film has reportedly been developed under the fake title "Rust City" to stay under the radar.
It'll be the first major studio film for Jason Reitman, whose films include "Up in the Air," "Tully," and "The Front Runner."
But hey, he's got his dad's blessing. How does Slimer feel about it?
[Via EW, Variety]