Director Jason Reitman will direct and co-write a new Ghostbusters movie set in the original universe. The production is targeted to start this year with a planned Summer 2020 release date. Reitman told Entertainment Weekly that the new movie will ignore the 2016 reboot directed by Paul Feig, and will be a direct continuation of the 1984 original.
About that 2016 film, it was a box-office failure receiving mixed reviews and was part of a fanboy backlash due to the all-female cast.
Dan Aykroyd has been a long-time supporter of a Ghostbusters 3 being made, but this surprise announcement has now set the table for the original actors to star in this film, minus Harold Ramis who sadly passed away in 2014. However, there is the issue of Bill Murray who has been quite vocal in his disinterest to participate in a third chapter. As for Ernie Hudson, sources say he is game for this sequel.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Reitman said that the new movie 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."
THR reporter Borys Kit is reporting that the main characters will be four teenagers: two girls and two boys further plot details are being kept under wraps.
Director Jason Reitman is the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movies. He has had his own successful career as a filmmaker ever since his 2005 debut "Thank You For Not Smoking" with such noteworthy titles as "Up in the Air" and "Juno."