I’m going to start this off by saying take every single part of this with a grain of salt, maybe a ton of salt to be honest. At the Comic Con panel for IDW’s Ghostbusters 101 comic book. Original Ghostbusters Director, and Producer of the entire franchise, Ivan Reitman let some small tidbits out about upcoming Ghostbusters films.
Reitman began by saying that the comic book had helped him develop some new ideas for films set in the Ghostbusters Universe. He continued by stating that the group behind the franchise was working on plans for more live actions films in the franchise as well as animated features. Reitman said that the main idea, as of now, for the animated feature is to follow the viewpoint of a ghost within this world. He also stated that they were looking into an option for merging the rebooted series starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, with the original films starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis. Reitman stated that no matter what there were some sort of definitive plans for a Ghostbusters film to hit screens in 2019 which would be the 35th anniversary of the original film.
Well this is all very exciting and hopefully true, the Ghostbusters franchise has seen plenty of talk time and time again over the past 25 years or so of sequels, spin offs and other new film entries in the series. The only time this talk became a finished product was through the previously mentioned Female Led Reboot which was released last year. Every few years we’ve heard Dan Aykroyd talking about an idea for a sequel or reboot or shared universe or something. And honestly, Reitman has been just as guilty in the past. One of the issues that has often plagued the development of said projects is the fact that the team behind the original film must approve of any sequel to the original franchise. Aykroyd, Reitman and Murray specifically. (Ramis was part of that as well, but with his passing he obviously can not take park in such things.) Murray has always been the road block over time as he was always vocal about letting the films that they made stand on their own. He did say at one point that he’d be willing to come back as a ghost for a sequel. But the treatment that included that idea wasn’t to his liking.
All that being said Murray was a huge proponent for the female led reboot. And in the end played a slightly important role in the film, that was a bit more than the cameos given to his fellow former Ghostbusters. Given the original Ghostbusters cameos and their actual roles in the film, not to mention the age of the actors as of now, it’s hard to imagine a way where they could pull off combining the two film versions. It’s also unclear if the full cast from reboot would return for a sequel.
If time has shown us anything it’s that we will almost always be hearing something about a potential new Ghostbusters film. And we will continue to keep you posted on any and all details as they come in.
(EDIT: This article was written over the past weekend as we were compiling everything from this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Since then another nugget of information on a Ghostbusters sequel was brought up that we’d like to share with you. Harold Ramis’ daughter Violet Ramis Steil has responded to comments Reitman made at the panel about potentially using a CGI version of Ramis’ to bring back his character for a Ghostbusters 3. According to THR Ramis Steil would be open to the prospect as long as it was something worthwhile saying, “I try to think what would he have thought… If it’s great and it works, then good. And if there is a problem, then obviously no.”)