Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Interesting...after the debacle of the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot, Jason Reitman directing new film set in the original universe

I always laugh like a hyena when the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man shows up.

Hopefully this will get the bad taste left by the most recent incarnation out of our mouths for once and for all:

Entertainment Weekly has learned exclusively that Jason Reitman will direct and co-write an upcoming film set in the world that was saved decades previously by the proton pack-wearing working stiffs in the original 1984 movie, which was directed by his father, Ivan Reitman.

And it's making a lot of people very happy.

Reitman is playing coy as to the updated storyline and also said the obligatory nice things about the horrific Paul Feig directed version that crashed and burned a couple years ago. But he did make it clear that this Ghostbusters will not be a reboot.

You can read the full article, which includes Reitman reminiscing about growing up as a Ghostbusters fan, here.

Image snicked from imdb.

1/19/19 update: THERE'S A TEASER TRAILER!!!

1/21/19 update: Now a cast member of the 2016 Ghostbusters is pissed off that Reitman doesn't want to include the taint of their version in his version. Never mind that even the barely there teaser trailer is already generating more excitement than the infamous (and hideously unfunny) GB16 trailer. Plus, I have no idea what Trump has to do with any of this, but it is obviously meant as an insult to Jason Reitman. Reitman Jr. is a successful director/writer in his own right; add in his being the son of the original (successful) director and I don't know how you could deride his desire to reboot his dad's popular film, and it looks like he's going to do it without disrespecting the source material. Bitter, party of one, your table is ready.

Two things that this article totally whiffs on are the facts that 1) If the 2016 release had been a hit, there were plans in place to produce a boatload of Ghostbuster projects in multiple universes, not all of which would have included the all-female GB crew anyway, and 2) That despite what it might have earned, it wasn't anywhere near enough to warrant any additional films with that cast, in that universe. That's a big hole in the article.

There's a great post-mortem on the issues with that movie from Midnight's Edge on YouTube, and another vid addressing the financial failure of the film can be found here. They touch not only on Feig's version and how it came about, but how Sony screwed Ivan Reitman, the hacked Sony emails and what they reveal, diva behavior on the GB16 set, the reaction to that notoriously horrible trailer and the nasty treatment of fans who voiced their dislike of it, and how the movie was ultimately a financial failure and therefore not a candidate for any additional installments. 

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