A New 'Ghostbusters' Movie Is On The Way For 2020
No one will argue against the idea that the original Ghostbusters film is a cult classic that will last through the ages.
Since its release in 1984, there has been a sequel, two animated TV series and a remake in 2016 that caused a bit of controversy for having the four leading characters as female.
But it sounds like Hollywood isn't tired of the franchise and is looking towards a new Ghostbusters film, listed for release in 2020.
The man behind the lens for the ambitious project is Jason Reitman (Juno, Tully and The Front Runner) who's dad directed the original film.
He's told Entertainment Weekly: "I've always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans.
"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.
"This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet."
It's obviously way too early to tell what the plot will be or whether the original cast members, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, or Bill Murray, would be included. Sadly, if they were it wouldn't be a full throwback to the past as Harold Ramis died in 2014.
While critics didn't rave about the 2016 reboot of the movie, starring Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy, Reitman says, in his eyes, they did well.
"I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses," he told EW, "and would love to see more stories from them.
"However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film."
There's a lot to live up to with the original film as it became the highest grossing comedy of its time, raking in close to $300 million on the worldwide Box Office. It was nominated for two Oscars, one for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song.
To be fair, that opening theme song is a classic.
Funnily enough, the bloke who created the special effects, Steve Johnson, says he did it all on a massive coke bender.
Johnson revealed Slimer was the product of a cocaine-fuelled cram session when producers said they wanted it to look like John Belushi because actors Harold Ramis and Dan Ackroyd were mates of his.
"I was three grams into the night and in a cocaine-induced delusional paranoia and I literally thought that John Belushi's ghost came to me to help me out," he wrote in his upcoming book RUBBERHEAD Volume II: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX.
"In the beginning they asked for a 'smile with arms' but before I knew it, it was a goddamn bleeding nightmare... 'Give him 13 percent more pathos, put ears on him, take his ears off, less pathos, more pathos, make his nose bigger, now his nose is too big, make his nose smaller...' Are you kidding? 'Make him more cartoony, make him less cartoony'.
"I almost fucking severed my own head during that process."
That does sound like hell.
We'll have to keep our eyes and ears peeled for anymore information about the upcoming film.
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