"We wanted to create a film that was a foundation for more Ghostbusters..." - hmv.com talks to Jason Reitman
Few film franchises have managed to inspire the kind of love and adoration that Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters films have over the years, and while a third film starring the original cast had been mooted many times ever since the arrival of Ghostbusters II in 1989, attempts to make Ghostbusters into a trilogy stalled on numerous occasions - often due to the reluctance of Bill Murray to reprise his role as Dr. Peter Venkman.
Sadly, the dream of a third film with all four Ghostbusters ended in 2014 with the death of Harold Ramis, who had starred alongside Murray, Dan Akroyd and Ernie Hudson in the original films as the bookish Egon Spengler.
Shortly afterwards, an all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig and starring Saturday Night Live alumni Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones was put into production, with the reults emerging onto cinema screens in 2016.
As entertaining as 2016's Ghostbusters was, Feig's film wasn't the box office hit the studio had hoped for, while some fans raised objections about everything from the all-female cast to the perceived 'non-canonical' approach Feig took with his reboot.
Enter Jason Reitman, hired by Sony after a rethink about the franchise's way forward, who picks up the baton from his father Ivan to deliver a new film that serves as the 'spiritual sucessor' to the original Ghostbusters films, only this time the action is transplanted from New York to rural mid-America and focuses on Spengler's grandchildren, who find themselves living in his creepy old house with their mother after his death. The house also just happens to be the epicentre of some strange paranormal happenings, and before long they'll need everything they've learned about their grandfather's past if they're to stop an epidemic of ghosts spilling over from the spirit world.
Paul Rudd stars alongside an impressive young cast that includes McKenna Grace and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, while there are also cameos from some of the original cast members including Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver.
With Ghostbusters: Afterlife in cinemas from Thursdy November 18 we spoke to director Jason Reitman about bringing back the spirit of the original Ghostbusters films and his hopes for the future of the franchise..
Watch our interview with Ivan below...
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