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Jason Reitman Directing New Ghostbusters Film, Will Continue From Originals

January 15, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Jason Reitman is set to direct a new Ghostbusters film that will be a continuation of the original two movies. Variety reports that Reitman, whose father Ivan directed the first two films, has quietly come on board to helm the latest entry in the series.

The new film is co-written by Reitman and Gil Kenan and will have no connection to the 2016 film, which was directed by Paul Feig. That film was a commercial disappointment, with plans for a sequel ultimately scrapped. The new film is being viewed by Ivan Reitman as a “passing of the torch” to his son.

While it isn’t known if the original cast will be back for the new film, sources say that Reitman is testing teenagers for four unrevealed roles in the film. Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures is producing, with an eye toward shooting this summer for a summer 2020 release.

Reitman would be handling his first big blockbuster for a studio, having previously done mid-budget films like Up in the Air, Juno, and Tully. The studio has been keeping the whole thing quiet under the fake title “Rust City,” hoping to be able to announce things at their own schedule.