Untitled Ghostbusters Project

February 26, 2019
by Alanna Elling

Like many people, I have fond childhood memories of watching Ghostbusters. I’ve watched the movies so many times I can quote them line for line. There was a great clamoring for another sequel after Ghostbusters 2, but due to a lack of interest by both the studio and the original cast, the series remained untouched. An attempt to reboot the series in 2016 went disastrously bad and left fans reeling with disappointment. But now a new sequel was recently announced with a brief trailer. Before we talk about that however, I would like to discuss how we arrived at this point.

Back in 2009, interest in the series was reignited with the release of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Developed by Terminal Reality for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, the game was well received for authentically recreating the look and feel of the original movies. It won major points with fans of the series for getting the original cast to reprise their iconic roles, including Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. Some fans even considered it to be the unofficial Ghostbusters 3.

The series would finally make its return to the big screen with a reboot in 2016 simply titled Ghostbusters, directed by Paul Feig and starring an all-female cast lead by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in the leading roles. The cast was not even remotely connected to the main characters of the previous installments — a move that did little to win over hardcore fans. I will be honest; I didn’t like the movie, but I respect the writers for trying to take the series in a different direction. The movie was a box office bomb but the poor reception may have helped get the ball rolling on the upcoming sequel.

This new sequel, which is listed on IMDB as Untitled Ghostbusters Project, is due for a summer release in 2020.  Jason Reitman, son of the original movie’s director Ivan Reitman, will direct the film. The script is co-written by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan, director of Monster House and the Poltergeist reboot. Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman are also attached as Producers. It appears that there will be a chance for the original cast to be involved in some capacity, save for Harold Ramis who unfortunately passed away in 2014. Expectations are high, and the movie is shaping up to be a massive undertaking.  But the people involved are well acquainted with the source material and almost perfectly suited for the task. I have high hopes that they will give us a funny and very spirited new adventure that will not only appease longtime fans but will hopefully draw in a new generation of fans as well.

 

So who am I gonna call? My local theater as soon as tickets go on sale.

See you at the movies!

Written by Christopher Smyth

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