Ghostbusters 3: Possible Reunion of the Original Cast?
When the news fell in January that a new “Ghostbusters” film was in the works, everyone asked: will the original stars come back? In the driver’s seat, it won’t be Ivan Reitman this time around, but his son, Jason. Ivan Reitman directed and produced the original “Ghostbusters”, which came out in 1984, and its sequel in 1989. Paul Feig attempted to reboot this storyline in 2016 with a female-centric cast, but it failed at the box office and criticisms were harsh. So, this time around, it’s a genuine sequel, set in a contemporary frame. Sony Pictures confirmed it would be arriving on July 10th, 2020. Filming is underway right now.
Harold Ramis passed away in 2014, so the role of Egon Spengler should rest in peace. Nothing yet on the rest of the original Ghostbusters. There may have been intent at rekindling the universe, but Bill Murray opposed his veto. He finally relinquished and appeared with a cameo in the 2016 reboot. And now, with Jason Reitman on board, he seems to get warmer at the idea of playing Peter Wenkman once more. Dan Akroyd and Ernie Hudson have shown interest. No word yet on Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts or Rick Moranis.
Old and New
The upcoming “Ghostbusters” is being produced by the original director, Ivan Reitman, from a screenplay written by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan (who directed “Monster House” and “Poltergeist 2015”). It will center four teenagers (two boys and two girls) as new recruits for the team. Carrie Coon (“Fargo” and “Gone Girl”) will play the mother of two teen recruits. McKenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard have been cast as two of the newbies. The new story is said to focus on a family who moves back home to a small town. Jason Reitman has teased: “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”.
The choice of Jason Reitman as director remains a tricky one. His five previous movies bombed at the box-office (Young Adult, Labor Day, Men, women and Children, Tully and The Front Runner). A sequel seems highly risky, especially in introducing a new generation of actors. Kids don’t seem to care about newbie-friendliness, while their parents, on the contrary, want to see new movies and new faces set within an old continuity.
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