Less than 24 hours after the announcement was made, the project got its first teaser trailer (see above), courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. The brief video opens on a dark and stormy night, with some mysterious flashes of light coming from a far-off barn. As the camera enters the barn, a tarp
Last night, we learned Up in the Air and Juno filmmaker Jason Reitman has been quietly working on a secret Ghostbusters movie. This morning, EW can reveal there’s already a video teaser for
Jason Reitman’s film will not be a reboot or a sequel to 2016’s female-driven Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, but will instead continue the story that started in the elder Reitman’s Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2.
“This is the next chapter in the original franchise,” Jason Reitman told EW. “What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.” The movie is scheduled to begin filming this summer in anticipation of a 2020 release.
Neither Sony Pictures nor Reitman shared any details about the film’s plot, including whether or not original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will return for the sequel. Harold Ramis, who starred in Ghostbusters and its sequel as Egon Spengler, died in 2014.
Jason Reitman, along with Monster House director Gil Kenan, wrote the new Ghostbusters script in secret before presenting it to his father, who will serve as one of the film’s producers. “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out,” Ivan Reitman said.
Ghostbusters, which chronicles the adventures of three academics who open a paranormal extermination business, was an instant hit when it came out in the summer of 1984. Paul Fieg’s recent revamp didn’t fare quite as well. Despite an all-star cast, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call took a $70 million loss at the box office, scuttling Sony’s plans for a sequel.
Franchise creator Aykroyd has been trying to get a sequel to the first two Ghostbusters films off the ground since the ’90s with little success, although the original cast did reunite for Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009.
Despite that, Ghostbusters continues to flourish, with virtual reality attractions, Pokémon Go-inspired mobile games, and comic books keeping the brand alive. Reitman’s sequel isn’t the only Ghostbusters film on the slate, either: Sony is developing an animated Ghostbusters feature, although that won’t come out until after Reitman’s sequel hits theaters.
Updated on January 16, 2019: Added the teaser trailer for the film.
The world has barely had half a day to digest the news that Jason Reitman is making a new Ghostbusters movie, but there’s already a teaser.
In true teaser fashion, there’s not a lot here in terms of substance. But it sets a mood and a tone we aren’t used to, while raising a few questions. Check it out, thanks to Entertainment Weekly.
What we do see and hear in that trailer is some familiar music. Some familiar noises. Someone is working on something in a barn. It lights up. Then, obviously, the reveal of the Ecto-1 being hidden in said barn. That seems to be the biggest clue here. Yes, someone is working on a proton pack or something similar. Who that is or why they are doing that, we don’t know. But the car, under the tarp, in a barn, may just suggest that after the events of Ghostbusters II, the Ghostbusters had actually won and there was no need for them anymore. So the Ecto-1 was put in a garage (definitely outside of Manhattan) to collect dust for a few decades and, well, now it’s needed.
That’s all guesswork but it’s my first impression.
The camerawork and cinematography also give off a more Evil Dead/Stranger Things vibe than the original Ghostbuster films, which came out in 1984 and 1989 and were both directed by Jason’s father Ivan. So you have to think the director of Up in the Air and Thank You For Smoking is also hinting that his film will feel and look a little different this time around.
Filming on the new Ghostbusters is reportedly scheduled to start later this year with an eye on that summer 2020 release date. Rumor has it, Reitman is looking for four teenagers for the main roles. We’ll keep you posted.
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