A sequel to the original ‘Ghostbusters’ is in the works—watch the first trailer

A third installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise is in the works, and the first teaser trailer is here. The original “Ghostbusters” premiered back in 1984, followed by “Ghostbusters II” in 1989. Jason Reitman, the son of the director of the original film, Ivan Reitman, is set to direct the new movie.

Reitman will also co-write the screenplay with “Poltergeist” remake filmmaker Gil Kenan. The sequel will reportedly be set in the “Ghostbusters” universe depicted in the first two films. Although there was an all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters” in 2016, this new movie will ignore those events.

Check out the first glimpse via the trailer below:


“I’ve always thought of myself as the first ‘Ghostbusters’ fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set,” Reitman told Entertainment Weekly. “I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans. This 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.”

The movie is set to debut in summer 2020, and filming will begin in the coming months. There is no word yet on whether any of the original actors, including Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson or Bill Murray, will appear in this sequel. Harold Ramis died in 2014.

“This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present,” Reitman said. “We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”

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Meanwhile, the elder Reitman will produce the movie.”It will be a passing of the torch inside and out,” Ivan Reitman told the publication. “It was a decision he [Jason] had to come to himself.”

He also added of his son, “He worked really hard to be independent and developed a wonderful career on his own. So I was quite surprised when he came to me with Gil and said, ‘I know I’ve been saying for 10 years I’m the last person who should make a ‘Ghostbusters’ movie, but…I have this idea.  Literally, I was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny.”

The news comes as Sony is developing a separate animated Ghostbusters film. As Entertainment Weekly reports, that film will come out after this new live-action project and will involve an entirely different creative team.

“The ‘Ghostbusters’ universe is big enough to hold a lot of different stories,” Reitman said of both upcoming projects.

Are you excited about the new “Ghostbusters” movie?