Director Jason Reitman has shared the reason why he finally decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and make a Ghostbusters film. The long awaited Ghostbusters: Another Life acts like a 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2 and it features an incredibly stacked cast. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will reprise their roles as Venkman, Stantz, and Zeddemore, the Ghostbusters, unfortunately without the late Harold Ramis. Alongside them, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will also return to the roles they first gave life more than three decades ago. Fans of the classic franchise will also be able to see some new faces with Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon, all set to star alongside the iconic original cast.
Beloved first Ghostbusters The film had Jason’s father, Ivan Reitman, at the helm when it was released in 1984, and he later returned to direct the sequel as well. Ghostbusters 2, five years later. Co-written by Jason, this third installment focuses on a single mother with two children who is forced to move her family into a dilapidated country house inherited from the children’s grandfather. The children learn that their grandfather was one of the original Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler, after experiencing strange events within the city. The children have to use their grandfather’s research and equipment in the fight to save their city (and the world) from the ghostly forces that threaten it.
Now, CinemaBlend reports that while speaking at an early screening of the film at CinemaCon 2021, both Ivan and Jason Reitman shared what working on this film meant to both of them. Jason spoke about how questions about him following in his father’s footsteps with the franchise had been a constant throughout his life and how he felt this movie was a story that he “I needed to countSee Jason’s full quote below:
“For the first 40 years of my life I was asked one question more than any other question. It wasn’t when I was going to get married. It wasn’t when I was going to have children. Or how I was doing. It was: Are you going to make a movie of Ghostbusters? And I finally did. And for the last three years, people have been wondering, ‘Oh, what changed, why?’ It’s the same answer as always: There was a story I needed to tell. And I wanted to make a movie for my father. And I wanted to make a movie for my daughter … Ghostbusters is one of those rare franchises, where it no longer belongs to the filmmakers. Unlike any other movie I’ve made, it doesn’t belong to me. It doesn’t belong to my father. Technically it belongs to Sony, but actually it belongs to all of you … We wanted to make a movie that had mystery, that had laughs, that you will sing the theme song as you leave the cinema. A movie that you could take your families to. “
When it was announced in 2019 that Reitman would continue with the Ghostbusters Legacy and directing this third installment, many were excited and curious to see what it would bring to the franchise. With various directing credits to his credit, including Juno, The main corridor and Thanks for smoking, it was certainly debated which direction the movie might take. The release of the first trailer was all the confirmation fans needed that the movie would be true to the original, as the trailer featured a series of Easter eggs and nods. to the franchise, giving only the necessary information when it came to the plot.
Early reactions to Ghostbusters: Another Life They have been incredibly positive thus far, with some calling it ‘a love letter’ to Reitman’s father and daughter. It seems that keeping the heart of this beloved franchise was the top priority for Reitman when it came to creating this sequel, and with his father producing the film, those important threads of nostalgia are likely to be intertwined throughout. After a series of rollbacks to release dates throughout the 2021 calendar, many were concerned that Ghostbusters: Another Life it could be delayed until next year. However, Sony recently delayed the release by just one week to November 19, 2021, which means fans don’t have to wait long to see Jason’s version of his father’s classic.
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- Ghostbusters: Another Life (2021)Release Date: Nov 11, 2021
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