When we first got news that Ghostbusters 3 had been given a greenlight with the original cast (those who are still alive, at least) attached, I penned a somewhat pessimistic editorial that, in a nutshell, said: This sounds too good to be true. Then came the teaser; on top of that, Variety reported that Jason Reitman would direct and Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray had already signed on.
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Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two Ghostbusters movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise. Reitman has also co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film this summer, with Sony planning to release the latest sequel in summer 2020. Insiders say this film will be a continuation of the 1984 sequel and will not be connected to the 2016 film. Sources couldn’t say if that means that the original cast members will be back, as exact story details are still being kept under wraps but sources say Reitman has begun testing teenagers for four mystery roles.
Hey, I’m a big boy. I’m willing to admit when I’m wrong—but am I? One of our favorite UK film critics and academics, Mr. H, has researched several sources, really scrutinizing the narrative we’re being fed, and it turns out he’s as skeptical as I am. In fact, Aykroyd and Murray (along with anyone involved in the original Ghostbusters) have not been officially retained for this proposed sequel. Even worse, it sounds like we’re being set up for a bait and switch.