Jason Reitman to direct new Ghostbusters movie

Jason Reitman is following in his father Ivan Reitman’s footsteps by directing a new Ghostbusters movie. The Juno moviemaker will direct and co-write another instalment set in the original Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 fi…

Jason Reitman is following in his father Ivan Reitman’s footsteps by directing a new Ghostbusters movie.

The Juno moviemaker will direct and co-write another instalment set in the original Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 films directed by his dad.

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Jason told Entertainment Weekly. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”

The sequel, which will be produced by Ivan, will be released by Sony Pictures in summer 2020 and is likely to begin filming in the next few months, from a script the Up in the Air director co-wrote with Gil Kenan.

Jason was reluctant to reveal any further details about the plot, new characters or whether original actors Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson or Bill Murray would return.

However, he made it clear his chapter will not be connected to Paul Feig’s 2016 all-female reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.

“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film,” he said.

Jason’s new project brings his career full circle, as he shot a scene for the original but it was cut. He eventually appeared in the sequel, playing a birthday boy who was unimpressed by the Ghostbusters.

The 41-year-old has been asked about making his own Ghostbusters since his directorial debut in 2005 and he would usually crack a joke, when he had actually been considering it.

“I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember,” he gushed.

Ivan, 72, told the publication he was touched and surprised that his son wanted to carry on his legacy, and said, “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out… It was a decision he had to come to himself.”

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Saoirse Ronan reuniting with Timothee Chalamet & Wes Anderson on new film

Saoirse Ronan’s latest project sees her reuniting with her former collaborators Timothee Chalamet and Wes Anderson.The triple Oscar nominee worked with Wes on his award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014, and has collaborated with Timothee on 201…

Saoirse Ronan’s latest project sees her reuniting with her former collaborators Timothee Chalamet and Wes Anderson.

The triple Oscar nominee worked with Wes on his award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014, and has collaborated with Timothee on 2017’s smash Lady Bird and 2019’s Little Women, both written and directed by Greta Gerwig.

Ronan, Chalamet and Anderson are now beginning work on The French Dispatch, a ’50s-set feature following a group of journalists at an American newspaper bureau in Paris.

Filming is taking place in Angouleme in south west France, with Anderson pulling double duty as scriptwriter and Scott Rudin producing.

Benicio del Toro and Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright are also starring in The French Dispatch, as well as Anderson’s frequent collaborators Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand.

Ronan, 24, is currently starring as doomed Scottish Queen Mary Stuart in Mary Queen of Scots, opposite Margot Robbie, who received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of formidable British monarch Queen Elizabeth I.

Meanwhile, Chalamet is impressing in true-life tale Beautiful Boy opposite Steve Carell, based on the memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff and their experience of survival, relapse, and recovery as the family cope with the addiction that grips Nic. He has received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for the role.

Anderson hasn’t helmed a film since Isle of Dogs, which hit cinemas in April. The stop-motion animation featured an all-star voice cast, including Murray, McDormand, Swinton, Gerwig, Bryan Cranston and Scarlett Johansson.

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Bill Murray campaigns for Isle of Dogs pet screenings

Bill Murray wants more theatre bosses to allow fans to bring their canine companions to screenings of his new movie Isle of Dogs. Director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation is set in Japan in a dystopian future, where dogs have been exiled to an is…

Bill Murray wants more theatre bosses to allow fans to bring their canine companions to screenings of his new movie Isle of Dogs.

Director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation is set in Japan in a dystopian future, where dogs have been exiled to an island to avoid the spread of canine flu.

The fantasy drama features the voice talents of an all-star cast, including Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, and Greta Gerwig, and Bill insists it’s the perfect picture for cinema-goers to attend with their furry friends.

A handful of dog-friendly screenings have already been organised in the U.S. and U.K., but Murray is urging more theatre owners to seize the opportunity to cash in on the novel idea.

“Isle of Dogs is really good, I gotta tell ya,” he said on breakfast show Today. “What I want to happen is I want movie theatres to allow people to bring their dogs into the movie, ’cause they do it (special screenings) in baseball parks and minor leagues (in America) and it’s really a lot of fun. I think if people brought their dogs, they’d have a huge audience.”

Instead of recording their parts separately, as is common for animated films, the Isle of Dogs cast members holed up in a cabin to work together, and Murray found it fascinating to watch everyone’s behaviour gradually evolve as they started to act more and more like their canine characters.

Describing the experience as “a lot of fun”, he explained, “We were all in a little cabin, kind of a recording studio, barking at each other. It was fun to watch people deteriorate and become more canine every hour, even though they were drinking coffee and eating donuts, they were becoming more dog-like every few minutes!”

Isle of Dogs, which also features Oscar winner Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, and Ken Watanabe, opens in theatres this week (23Mar18).

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