Well that escalated quickly.
Just one day after the surprise announcement that director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up In The Air) would making a Ghostbusters 3 sequel, Sony Pictures already has a teaser trailer for it. No cast members appear but the hype train has officially begun.
Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, pitched his dad a concept, they brought it to Sony, and now here we are with a full greenlight, production schedule, and teaser trailer. Few details about the story have been announced — other than to say that, yes, this is a direct sequel to Ghostbusters 2 and not a reboot, and will take place in the present day — or if any of the original cast members will sign on.
Also unknown is if any of the actresses from the 2016 female Ghostbusters reboot will appear; it’s technically a possibility, as they were established to have been in the same Ghostbusters universe as the original films.
Bill Murray has been famously ambivalent about returning to the franchise, but Dan Aykroyd has enthusiasticly backed attempts over the years that eventually stalled. (And apparently, Aykroyd spilled the beans to Dan Rather last November during an interview — read the report here — where he said he would be a part of the film, and bet on Murray participating in some form, too.) Harold Ramis passed away five years ago, but Ernie Hudson‘s still out there as are Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis.
Honestly, this whole thing smells of career rehab desperation by Jason Reitman. The one-time Oscar nominee has failed to gain any traction with critics or audiences over his past several films. Now, the man who once avowed that he should be the last person to make a Ghostbusters sequel has suddenly had a spark of creative inspiration that, er, he just had to pursue and make. Uh huh. Sure.
And yet, for as cynical as all that sounds, I have to confess: that teaser really did the trick. Not only does it capture the kind of, ahem, spirit you’d hope for, but even the abandoned location of the Ecto-1 Ghostbusters car is intriguing.
Slated to shoot this year, Ghostbusters 3 will hit theaters in the summer of 2020.