Is Jason Reitman's Upcoming Ghostbusters Sequel A Great Idea? Vote Now

It's reportedly set in the world of the original 1980s films, but no cast has been confirmed.

by | January 17, 2019 | Comments

Two days ago, we learned that a new Ghostbusters movie would be on its way in 2020, and that the man delivering the new movie will be Jason Reitman, director of Juno, Up in the Air, and last year’s Tully and The Front Runner. He also happens to be the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman.

The news came via an exclusive report from Entertainment Weekly, which didn’t tell us much else about the new film, except that it’s expected to take place in the universe of the two original Ghostbusters films — a separate timeline, if you will, from the events of the 2016 reboot directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. That was followed by a short teaser the very next day that prominently featured the iconic Ghostbusters vehicle, the Ecto-1, gathering dust under a tarp in a barn, and the internet understandably geeked out.

But do we need a follow-up of any sort to the original Ghostbusters movies, or should we let them rest in peace? We think this is another topic worth debating, so we’ve gathered two competing viewpoints from RT staffers for you to mull over. Read on for each argument, and then vote in the poll below!

Yes, I Ain’t ‘Fraid of No Sequels

Columbia Pictures

(Photo by Columbia Pictures)

First of all, let’s just address the elephant in the room and say that the recent Paul Feig Ghostbusters wasn’t remotely as bad as the internet would have you believe. That said, it was never going to live up to the original film — or, to a degree, even its admittedly less successful sequel — if only because of its iconic cast and legacy. It inevitably invited comparisons to those 1980s classics and suffered for it, and if nothing else, it reminded us how much we loved those earlier films. The cast hasn’t been announced yet, but this is our (perhaps last) chance to get a proper third movie, albeit without the late Harold Ramis, and we’ll happily take it to spend more time with Peter, Ray, Winston, Dana Barrett, and Louis Tully. Hell, we’d love to see Annie Potts’ Janine again, too. On top of all that, the film is being directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan, and not only is he a self-proclaimed lifelong fan of the movies, he himself said that he avoided taking on the project until he had a good enough idea for a story worth telling. When his father read it, he said it was “so emotional and funny” that it made him cry. Taking all of that into account, a new sequel to the original series sounds like a fantastic idea, and the new teaser has effectively put me in the front seat of the hype train.

No, I’d Rather Get Slimed

Look, I love the original Ghostbusters as much as the next fan, and possibly even more; I watched The Real Ghostbusters cartoon religiously, owned action figures, and when I was nine, I lobbied my parents hard (but unsuccessfully) for a proton pack so I could dress up as one for Halloween. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the 2016 Paul Feig reboot, so it would make sense to assume I’d be all for a new film set in the universe of the original film. Would I love to see Bill Murray snark it up as Peter Venkman again? Who wouldn’t? Do I think it would be fun to see the return of Sigourney Weaver’s Dana — and her now grown-up son Oscar? Absolutely. There are, however, a lot of reasons why I don’t think a new sequel is a good idea, and here are just a few.

First, as much as I love the originals, I’d rather Hollywood spend their time and money on some new material. We’ve already got plenty of other remakes, reboots, reimaginings, and sequels without beating another (un)dead horse. Second, Harold Ramis (R.I.P.) is no longer with us, and it just wouldn’t feel right to do a Ghostbusters film without good old Egon, not to mention the fact that we don’t even know if the original cast is returning. Third, yes, Jason Reitman is blood-related to original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, but in no way does that automatically qualify him as a good candidate to direct a sequel. He had a pretty excellent track record for a while, but three of his last four films have ranged from less than stellar to downright inexplicable (Labor Day, anyone?), and he’s never helmed a big, effects-driven blockbuster before. At this juncture, there are just too many unknowns and too many risks involved to make this a good idea.

Tag Cloud

Legendary Fox News Rocky children's TV cancelled TV series concert indiana jones king kong SDCC First Reviews TV renewals Travel Channel Red Carpet parents godzilla supernatural Ellie Kemper franchise tv talk Pet Sematary Binge Guide Musicals golden globe awards remakes Pop TV Writers Guild of America Tomatazos Alien criterion Christmas Reality Competition game show Mary Poppins Returns Awards Tour game of thrones TNT 2021 Trailer Amazon Prime ABC SXSW sequels Disney+ Disney Plus rt archives Video Games singing competition australia The Witch TV Land BET Chernobyl Academy Awards 99% Paramount Song of Ice and Fire Box Office miniseries zero dark thirty women Discovery Channel heist movie APB jamie lee curtis kids science fiction USA Network 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Walt Disney Pictures Martial Arts directors ABC Signature breaking bad war Mary Tyler Moore Calendar FX composers rom-coms monster movies name the review dogs comedies Fall TV Opinion Super Bowl Esquire Sundance TV 21st Century Fox Kids & Family black Extras TCA Toys Arrowverse universal monsters GoT comic books renewed TV shows all-time screenings E3 elevated horror The Academy Holiday Marvel Television First Look Netflix Christmas movies historical drama LGBTQ true crime FXX Starz DC Comics satire Amazon Studios comics movies CMT 45 Oscars docudrama documentaries saw independent psychological thriller Brie Larson Trophy Talk Comics on TV based on movie razzies VOD casting documentary worst CBS Sundance Now Summer MTV 2018 Polls and Games docuseries aliens ratings IFC cults OneApp dark A&E hist cancelled Sundance deadpool canceled cats adaptation richard e. Grant witnail Quiz Crackle Podcast Hulu Dark Horse Comics anime movie ViacomCBS IFC Films Nominations Mystery Superheroe best romance HBO Go Western boxoffice 20th Century Fox romantic comedy venice Apple TV+ werewolf scorecard stand-up comedy spinoff Rom-Com Amazon Heroines FX on Hulu Pride Month Disney Plus TruTV Disney cars Shondaland a nightmare on elm street Freeform Ghostbusters fast and furious Chilling Adventures of Sabrina nature Adult Swim Logo Turner Classic Movies south america Hear Us Out halloween Hallmark Women's History Month TCA Winter 2020 archives Music Warner Bros. Hallmark Christmas movies blaxploitation news Emmy Nominations laika Pixar Television Academy hidden camera golden globes james bond festivals WarnerMedia E! diversity halloween tv adventure YouTube Red technology blockbusters Drama finale 93rd Oscars animated prank Endgame high school Lifetime disaster Tubi foreign child's play Infographic unscripted Bravo space kong Britbox Elton John new star wars movies Netflix travel MCU AMC Marvel YA justice league christmas movies spy thriller critics Reality rotten movies we love Mindy Kaling Food Network book TV One transformers History Marvel Studios sequel biography Grammys binge hollywood ID 2020 asian-american Marathons HBO Max RT History Premiere Dates psycho festival TIFF joker dc Year in Review PBS dceu Acorn TV superhero comic crossover 24 frames obituary video on demand Lucasfilm NBC natural history The Purge serial killer The CW SundanceTV indie Sneak Peek BET Awards TCA Awards National Geographic CBS All Access Epix Awards MSNBC Lifetime Christmas movies 72 Emmy Awards Teen classics police drama The Walking Dead video Film CW Seed Captain marvel Biopics canceled TV shows Cartoon Network Countdown television Black Mirror versus ESPN free movies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt films slashers worst movies Showtime Baby Yoda mission: impossible Television Critics Association BBC America YouTube theme song Film Festival 2017 President teaser rotten latino sports A24 stop motion Comic Book See It Skip It Schedule crime thriller Paramount Plus VICE DC Universe American Society of Cinematographers Nickelodeon quibi Pop Animation fresh cancelled television Mudbound Pirates spider-man Star Wars OWN CNN dragons PlayStation Trivia Comedy Central Rocketman Action zombies Peacock batman 4/20 007 sag awards football Family Spring TV Turner series Exclusive Video USA Star Trek period drama Valentine's Day DC streaming service New York Comic Con BAFTA Tarantino comiccon anthology Comedy Funimation Broadway cooking politics mutant trailers social media popular LGBT Best and Worst Vudu ghosts BBC One thriller die hard The Arrangement PaleyFest Set visit Amazon Prime Video what to watch chucky political drama reviews Election Winners Stephen King ABC Family Disney Channel 71st Emmy Awards HBO GIFs Watching Series green book Photos cops Ovation emmy awards Rock 2019 TLC WGN TCA 2017 mockumentary Country robots crime ITV sitcom Nat Geo jurassic park strong female leads book adaptation twilight spanish Disney streaming service medical drama dramedy Apple Apple TV Plus San Diego Comic-Con spain El Rey toy story french BBC crime drama Holidays Creative Arts Emmys 2015 TBS blockbuster telelvision X-Men Sony Pictures zombie Syfy GLAAD hispanic nfl The Walt Disney Company Character Guide screen actors guild NYCC Emmys Thanksgiving Crunchyroll vampires Paramount Network talk show facebook Certified Fresh FOX reboot Musical japanese scary movies doctor who revenge Classic Film Interview superman Columbia Pictures 2016 cinemax cancelled TV shows Spike cartoon Masterpiece kaiju pirates of the caribbean italian Cosplay DirecTV Spectrum Originals DGA TV Fantasy award winner Tumblr TCM Sci-Fi Fox Searchlight discovery harry potter Cannes toronto VH1 nbcuniversal Superheroes Black History Month streaming Anna Paquin Winter TV Shudder stoner YouTube Premium Mary poppins boxing Avengers spanish language Lionsgate Horror RT21 Universal