Original Ghostbusters stars and fans react to Jason Reitman's new movie
When someone asks you if you’re “a god,” you say YES! Apparently, the same thing goes if there’s the possibility of returning in a new Ghostbusters movie.
That’s the signal Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson are sending in reaction to news that a new film is in the works, set decades after their characters saved the world from apocalyptic damnation.
It’s still not clear whether Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore will be part of the new film, or in what capacity if they do turn up, but both veterans of the original movies tweeted positive vibes about Jason Reitman’s new project.
You can watch the teaser for the 2020 film above.
Reitman, 41, is the director of Juno, Up in the Air, and last year’s Tully and The Front Runner. He’s also the son of Ivan Reitman, the director of the original 1984 Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel.
“I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember,” Jason told EW in our exclusive reveal of the new teaser.
Many were jubilant about a return to the original storyline. For some, there was caution about making any sequel to a classic. Some people were ugly, some people were decent. Most everyone was surprised.
Here are some other specific reactions:
All we know is that the film will have new characters (Reitman hasn’t specified their ages or genders, but Tully, Young Adult and Juno show his history of directing films with strong female leads.)
The 2016 female-led Ghostbusters reboot was an original story not connected to the original films (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson made cameos as other characters.) That’s the reason Reitman’s new film won’t connect to it, and he said he was not dissing that movie or its fans.
“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them,” the filmmaker told EW.
Christine Linnell of Pride.com wrote a thoughtful piece urging Reitman to consider the power of representation and the significance of the new fans generated by the 2016 film as he assembles a cast for the new project.
One person had an entirely different casting idea — doggie Ghostbusters.
Some fans used the news as a chance to show off their own Ghostbusters-inspired creativity: