After director Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot crashed and burned, I wasn’t sure if Sony Pictures would still want to move forward with their plans of building up the franchise. According to original Ghostbusters director and producer Ivan Reitman, It doesn’t sound like they’ve given up on it yet. In fact, Reitman is actively developing these films for the studio.
When talking to io9 about a Ghostbusters VR experience they are developing, Reitman opened up about his thoughts on the reboot and where the franchise is headed:
“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit. But considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much, frankly, and that’s the real issue. I personally had other points of view in terms of where the film should go and it was kind of a continuous conversation with Paul [Feig] about that. But Paul was the filmmaker on this one and he’s a very talented director. I wanted to give him enough room to do the film he thought it should be.”
As far as what they’ve got cooking up for future films in the franchise, Reitman immediately brought up the animated film that was announced back in 2015:
“We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”
There’s no information on these new Ghostbusters films or when they will come out, but the producer hopes that the animated movie will be released in 2019-2020. He said:
“It depends on on how fast we can get it all together. It’s hard to make an animated film.”
I actually don’t mind the fact that Reitman and Sony are looking to develop more Ghostbusters movies. I just hope that next time around that actually make a great movie. Hell, they can even bring back all the female Ghostbusters if they want, I just hope they have a better sense of story and character development next time around. And of course, cut back on the silly slapstick comedy antics.
I believe that with the right talent involved there could be another great Ghostbusters film one day. The big question is, will they get the right talent on board when they decide to move forward with these projects.