Jason Reitman, the son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, spoke at Ghostbusters Fan Fest on Saturday about his upcoming 2020 sequel, which follows the world his father helped create in 1984. The first teaser for the movie was revealed back in January, but it will still be a little while before filming begins.
Speaking to a crowd at the director panel at the convention, Jason Reitman explained that the 2020 Ghostbuters sequel will start shooting in five weeks, as long as everything goes to plan. Originally, the story for the movie revolved around a 12-year-old girl with a proton pack. But since then, the idea has grown and revolves around a family. How does this family fit into the world? “You don’t know their connection, and they don’t know their connection either,” Reitman explained. There have been reports the movie is casting four teens to lead the film: two boys, two girls.
He said he’s excited about the possibility of making all kinds of Ghostbusters movies. And while the stars of the original film–Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Bill Murray–have all read the script, he would not confirm if they are in fact coming back. The other star of the movie, Harold Ramis, passed away in 2014.
However, during an interview with Parade Magazine, Weaver herself confirmed she will be in the movie, along with Murray and Aykroyd. “It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again,” she exclaimed. Sony has yet to comment on the remarks.
Next year’s movie will not be connected to the 2016 reboot, which angered one of the stars, but aside from Reitman being the son of the original director, he’s a fan of the movie. “I love everything about it. The iconography. The music. The tone,” Reitman told Entertainment Weekly. “I remember being on set and seeing them try out the card catalog gag for the first time when the library ghost makes them come flying out. I remember the day they killed Stay Puft and I brought home a hardened piece of foam that just sat on a shelf for years. I was scared there was a terror dog underneath my bed before people knew what a terror dog was.”
The third movie in the original Ghostbusters universe hits theaters on July 10, 2020.