Screenrant reports that Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters flicks has some ideas about where to take the franchise next.
2016’s rebooted offering was certainly polarizing and seemed to slow the cogs of the planned Ghostbusters film universe that was in the making, but clearly the ideas haven’t stopped flowing for Reitman and co.
At last weekend’s San Diego Comic Con, the director/producer answered audience questions as to whether or not there were any plans to celebrate the franchises upcoming thirty-fifth anniversary in 2019.
Well, the studio is working on some really nice things. First of all, I can’t believe the movie is still playing and being watched so assiduously… and I can’t believe I’m so old. Yeah, I think there’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of special things. We’re going to try to tie one of our films close to that date.
As to whether or not a future film would involve the original star cast of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson, Reitman remained coy citing that the future of Ghostbusters was in novelty and innovation instead of nostalgia. However when asked about the modern phenomenon of reviving deceased actors with computer generated footage (arguably an interesting but potentially tasteless blend of innovation and nostalgia), Reitman was a little more forward.
It’s possible… it’s something we’re thinking of. [Audience ‘Oooohs’]. HINT. [Laughs]
This certainly opens a brand new tin of speculation. While 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gave us brief scenes with computer generated versions of a Star Wars era Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing, it was generally considered to be tasteful and well intentioned however the potential slide into ghoulish exploitation seems apparent to most people, at least for now.
Could this mean a return of Egon Spengler and a performance from the computer generated likeness of Harold Ramis? What if all the actors are bought back for a film once again set in the 1980’s?
Time will tell.
Thanks to Screenrant.