By: Renee Grant
Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman says more versions of the classic series could be on the way in the future.
Last year, a reboot of the film franchise saw an all-female cast of supernatural saviors, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Reviews of the film weren’t great, and internet trolls drove Jones from Twitter in the weeks after the film’s release. The 2016 version of Ghostbusters made only $128M of its $144M budget, and although at the time of release president of Worldwide Distribution at Sony Rory Bruer said there would absolutely be a sequel, but that may not happen due to the movie’s box office performance.
Reitman now says he is currently “developing live-action films” and that he would love to see the films return.
“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,” Reitman says in an interview. “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 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. We jumped into an animated film and we are developing live-action films. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself.”
An animated Ghostbusters series is due out next year titled GHOSTBUSTERS: Ecto Force.