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Sequel to Original Ghostbusters Is on the Way

'First fan' Jason Reitman will direct
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2019 3:23 AM CST
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, center, and Harold Ramis, right, appear in a scene from the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters".   (AP Photo, File)
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(Newser) – A new sequel to the old Ghostbusters movies is on the way, 30 years after Ghostbusters 2—and it's going to be a family affair. The movie, penciled in for a summer 2020 release, will be produced by original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and directed by his son Jason Reitman. The younger Reitman tells Entertainment Weekly he's always thought of himself as "the first Ghostbusters fan," starting when he visited the set of the first movie as a 6-year-old. Reitman, who kept a hardened piece of foam from the Stay-Puft man, briefly appeared in Ghostbusters 2 as a kid who tells the Ghostbusters: "My dad says you guys are full of crap."

Jason Reitman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan, says it's too early to reveal the plot, or whether surviving actors from the original films including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will be back. Harold Ramis, another original Ghostbuster, died in 2014. "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," says Reitman, adding that he has a lot of respect for the unconnected 2016 reboot and would like to see more stories in that universe. Sources tell Variety that the project has been in the works for months, with Sony Pictures using the fake title Rust City to keep details secret. (A recently discovered dinosaur was named after Zuul.)

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