Director Says GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE is a Movie About Family, Made by Family

The original Ghostbusters is now playing in select theaters and drive-ins. And it comes with a special look featurette for Ghostbusters: Afterlife featuring director Jason Reitman and his father, producer, Ivan Reitman.

Jason Reitman says: “[It’s] a movie about a family, that’s being made by a family. And it is much about the passing of the torch, metaphorically, and the passing of a proton pack. While making the movie, my father’s presence was felt most like this: inches away, watching the monitor. Imagine yourself in the workplace and your parents are sitting right next to you, watching you take every phone call, watching you present every idea, chiming in often. There was a moment when we were shooting with three cameras, a scene with five or six actors. And I found myself on set sitting next to one of the cameras, watching one actor in particular who I wanted a performance from. And after the take was done, I ran back to the monitor to review the other cameras, and my father looked at me, and he said: ‘We got it.’ We nodded and moved on. It’s not an experience that could have ever happened, or probably will ever happen, again.”

He adds: “I grew up as a fan. I had a flight suit, I had the t-shirt, I had the hat. Now, at this age, I find myself trying to understand who my father is, and who he was when he made this film. I am now the age that my father was when he made the first Ghostbusters movie, and I’m trying to understand him in the same way that [Ghostbusters: Afterlife characters] Phoebe and Callie are trying to understand where they came from.”

Papa Reitman adds: “It was very emotional seeing that story living again after so many years, through my son.”

The new film begins when a single mother (Carrie Coon) inherits what gearhead son (Finn Wolfhard) calls a “creepy old farmhouse,” the family relocates to the seemingly sleepy town of Summerville, Oklahoma, where science whiz (Mckenna Grace) uncovers her grandfather’s secret legacy.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been pushed to March 19, 2021.

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