Ivan Reitman’s Future GHOSTBUSTERS Plans
Ivan Reitman, director of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II and producer of last summer’s reboot, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, has laid out his ideas for more big screen bustin’.
During a talk with Super News Live, Reitman — who co-founded Ghostbusters focused production company Ghost Corps with co-creator and producer Dan Aykroyd — said he wants to expand the franchise, going global and even teaming the original crew (Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz, Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore, and Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman) with the new crew (Melissa McCarthy’s Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig’s Erin Gilbert, Leslie Jones’ Patty Tolan, and Kate McKinnon’s Jillian Holtzmann).
“What we’ve been doing a lot of is thinking about the franchise rights for Ghostbusters. Because Ghostbusters, that idea doesn’t have to just take place in New York, it can happen over the world,” Reitman shared. “I think it would be really cool to see Korean ghosts or Chinese ghosts. All those great traditions in the world have all these tales and things those people are afraid of. To have a sort of local group of Ghostbusters that tie with the head office in New York would be fun.”
“We’re doing a lot of work about where do we go next with Ghostbusters,” he continued. “I think one thing that fans have clearly wanted, and so did I, that somehow we tie the worlds together. I think it was a little awkward that it wasn’t connected, and we certainly heard a lot from everybody out there. So I would definitely want to connect to all of that.”
Bill Murray was famously against a Ghostbusters III for years, but he did show up in Ghostbusters: Answer the Call in a role completely unrelated to his iconic Peter Venkman character, so it remains to be seen if Aykroyd, Hudson, and Murray will ever truly suit up again. Reports from last year deemed any Ghostbusters: Answer the Call sequel “unlikely,” citing a loss of possibly $70 million dollars (or more) for Sony Pictures, who are nonetheless bringing an animated Ghostbusters (unrelated to the latest live-action film) to screens.
Reitman promised more Ghostbusters tales earlier this year, saying the franchise remains a “wonderful [intellectual property] because it has so many storytelling opportunities.” He added, “We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”
Ghostbusters recently made it back into the news when Aykroyd, producer on Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, caused a stir by saying reshoots on the controversial reboot added “about $30—$40 million” to the already costly blockbuster. “[Director Paul Feig] will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon,” Aykroyd concluded. Sony later denied Aykroyd’s claims, saying the actual number was between $3 million and $4 million.