Like father, like son – director Jason Reitman will follow in the footsteps of his dad Ivan and direct the next Ghostbusters movie, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Ivan Reitman helmed the first two Ghostbusters movies in the 1980s, and the first (released in 1984) became one of the most popular comedies of the decade. Melding impressive special effects with excellent cast chemistry and a star turn from the laconic Bill Murray, the movie still stands up today.
The 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2 wasn't anywhere near as well received and the third instalment languished in development hell, before emerging as a quasi-reboot under the direction of Bridesmaids filmmaker Paul Feig. Despite star turns from the likes of Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig the box office results were disappointing and the critical reaction mixed.
It's now emerged that Jason Reitman (whose new movie The Front Runner is currently on release in Cineworld) will direct a third movie set in the same universe as the first two movies.
"I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set," Reitman tells EW. "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."
Reitman has co-written the script with Monster House director Gil Kenan and promises "lots of wonderful surprises and new characters". Given Reitman's capacity for sardonic wit and character development in the acclaimed likes of Juno and Up in the Air, he would seem to be an excellent fit for the tone of Ghostbusters.
Of course, with the movie following the continuity of the original movies, it remains to be seen whether some much-loved faces will return. Harold Ramis (Egon) passed away in 2014 but there's still capacity for Murray's Pete Venkman, Dan Aykroyd's Raymond Stanz and Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddemore to appear, as well as Sigourney Weaver's Dana Barrett. (All four cameoed in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.)
"I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses," Reitman says of Feig's movie, "and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film."
Distributor Sony has dated Ghostbusters 3 for summer 2020, so we'll bring you more details as they come in.
And we've saved the best until last – watch the mysterious teaser trailer that hints at the reveal of beloved Ghostbusters car Ecto-1, as Elmer Bernstein's eerie score and flashes of ghost-busting streams set an appropriately nostalgic tone.