GHOSTBUSTERS Director Jason Reitman Explains How He Conceived The Sequel's Story

At a recent Ghostbusters fan event, director Jason Reitman explained how his idea was conceived, in addition to the themes and focus of the sequel. The film will be a love letter to the franchise's legacy.

As the son of the original's director, Jason Reitman is seeing the next Ghostbusters film as a very personal challenge. The sequel, based on a concept that's very near and dear to his heart, will see the return of the original cast members with Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard as the leads.

The movie is scheduled to begin shooting this July.


At a recent Ghostbusters fan panel, Reitman explained his intentions for the new film with a statement that was undeniably endearing and heartfelt. 

We wanted to make a love letter to the original movie. And this is a story that I -- again, I did not expect to be making a new Ghostbusters movie. I thought I was going to be this Indie dude who made Sundance movies. And then this character came to me. She was a 12 year old girl. I didn’t know who she was or why she popped into my head, but I saw her with a proton pack in her hand. And I wrote this story. This story began to form over many years actually. It started with a girl and all of a sudden it was a family. And eventually I knew this movie that I needed to make, that I needed to write.


Reitman's passion for all things Ghostbusters is undeniable, and that's something that will hopefully be reflected by this new movie.

Ghostbusters hits theaters next summer.

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