Jason Reitman promises Ghostbusters: Afterlife treat for drive-in audiences

Jason Reitman has promised a treat for fans who show up early to drive-in screenings of the original Ghostbusters in the U.S.The director, who has helmed the upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife, took to social media to share news that a surprise is…

Jason Reitman has promised a treat for fans who show up early to drive-in screenings of the original Ghostbusters in the U.S.

The director, who has helmed the upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife, took to social media to share news that a surprise is in store for audiences this weekend.

“If you can find a drive-in… There’s a fun little surprise before the movie. Please be safe! Bring your flight suits and a mask!” Reitman wrote, alongside an image of the Ectomobile in front of a drive-in movie screen.

The original 1984 movie, starring Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd, is being shown at outdoor cinemas across the U.S. for the Independence Day weekend.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was originally due to be released in cinemas on 4 July, but was postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic until March next year.

Fans have speculated that the surprise in store is a new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, or footage from the highly-anticipated movie, which stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, and Finn Wolfhard.

Reitman, who is the son of the franchise’s original director, Ivan Reitman, also persuaded the original Ghostbusters stars to reprise their roles for the sci-fi action flick.

Murray recently opened up about returning to the much-loved franchise without the late Harold Ramis, who died in 2014, and Rick Moranis, who has retired from acting.

“They’re greatly missed for so many reasons. They were so much a part of the creation of it and the fun of it,” he said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Finn Wolfhard ‘flattered’ to be part of Ghostbusters legacy

Finn Wolfhard feels “flattered” to be part of the Ghostbusters legacy because he grew up watching the films.In the upcoming sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace as members of a fam…

Finn Wolfhard feels “flattered” to be part of the Ghostbusters legacy because he grew up watching the films.

In the upcoming sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace as members of a family who relocate to a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secrets their grandfather left behind.

In an interview with NME, the 17-year-old shared that he was thrilled to be involved in the franchise.

“When I was really young, my parents were really big fans of the original movies, so I grew up watching them,” he said. “Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis – all of those were big, big people in our house. So getting to be a part of that legacy now is very flattering.”

Many of the stars of the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel will be making an appearance in Afterlife, with Murray, Aykroyd, and Hudson confirmed as well as Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver. They join a cast which also includes Paul Rudd, Tracy Letts, and Bokeem Woodbine.

Wolfhard believes his new movie will satisfy fans of the original as well as the younger generation who are completely new to the franchise.

“Older Ghostbusters fans will find it’s a really, really faithful approach to the series,” he explained. “While young people, if not everyone, will find that, first and foremost, Ghostbusters is about family and the relationships that these people have made. It’s also really funny, so I’m really excited for people to see it.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is still slated to hit cinemas in July.

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Bill Murray confirmed to return as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Bill Murray has confirmed he’s reprising his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.It was rumoured last year that the Hollywood veteran would be reprising his role as the much-loved scientist alongside Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz and Ernie Hud…

Bill Murray has confirmed he’s reprising his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

It was rumoured last year that the Hollywood veteran would be reprising his role as the much-loved scientist alongside Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore in the upcoming sequel.

And in an interview with Vanity Fair on the set of Jason Reitman’s movie, Murray revealed he agreed to return after reading the script last summer.

“The script is good,” Murray explained. “It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting. It’s gonna work.”

The late Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler in both Ghostbusters films, passed away in 2014, and Murray touchingly acknowledged his loss as he reunited with his former co-stars.

“Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” the 69-year-old said. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Reitman, who is the eldest child of Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 original and its 1989 follow-up, insisted to Vanity Fair that each actor will have a “meaningful role”, and explained the latest outing was a touching tribute to his father.

“If I think about who I’m making this movie for, it’s my father,” he shared. “We all know what it’s like to be told stories by our parents. I’m really honored to get a chance to tell one back to him from the world he brought to life.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which also stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace and features appearances from original stars Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, will be in cinemas from 10 July.

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Alex Brightman set to portray John Belushi in biopic

Broadway star Alex Brightman has reportedly been cast as John Belushi in an upcoming biopic.A biographical film about the late Saturday Night Live star has been in development for years, with Todd Phillips and Steven Conrad both tapped to direct at dif…

Broadway star Alex Brightman has reportedly been cast as John Belushi in an upcoming biopic.

A biographical film about the late Saturday Night Live star has been in development for years, with Todd Phillips and Steven Conrad both tapped to direct at different times, with Emile Hirsch attached to star, but the project stalled around 2014.

Now, according to editors at Collider, the project is back in development again, with The Devil Wears Prada’s David Frankel in the frame to direct and Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor Brightman, who is best known for starring in the School of Rock and Beetlejuice stage adaptations, attached to play Belushi.

Masters of Sex actress Annaleigh Ashford is in the running to play Belushi’s girlfriend-turned-wife Judith, while comedian John Mulaney has been offered the role of Belushi’s good friend and SNL co-star Dan Aykroyd.

The script, which was originally written by Conrad, is expected to feature many other famous characters such as SNL boss Lorne Michaels and star Gilda Radner, journalist Barbara Walters, screen legend Jack Nicholson, and musicians Keith Richards, James Taylor, and Paul Simon.

Judith is reportedly involved in the project and is expected to serve as an executive producer, alongside Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert.

The film, currently known as Belushi, is expected to follow Belushi at the height of his fame, during which he had memorable roles in The Blues Brothers and National Lampoon’s Animal House. The comedian died at the age of 33 from a drug overdose at the Chateau Marmont in 1982.

Michael Chiklis previously played the comic in the 1989 biopic Wired, which received an overwhelmingly negative response from critics as well as Belushi’s friends and family, with Aykroyd once telling MTV, “I hope it never gets seen.”

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Dan Aykroyd confirms role in upcoming Ghostbusters sequel

Dan Aykroyd is officially set to revisit the Ghostbusters franchise for director Jason Reitman’s upcoming sequel.Of late, it has been rumoured that several original cast members were in talks to reprise their roles in the film, which is set to be relea…

Dan Aykroyd is officially set to revisit the Ghostbusters franchise for director Jason Reitman’s upcoming sequel.

Of late, it has been rumoured that several original cast members were in talks to reprise their roles in the film, which is set to be released next year, and now Aykroyd has thrilled fans by confirming the news he is set to bring back beloved character Ray Stantz.

“I’m not in the pictures so much anymore. We’ve got the Ghostbusters movie that we’re working on now and I will have to be performing in that,” Aykroyd said in an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “(Original Ghostbusters director) Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a new movie called, well, it’s gonna be Ghostbusters, the third movie. It will be all, most of the original people and then young stars.”

The instalment also features Carrie Coon, Captain Marvel star Mckenna Grace, Stranger Things cast member Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd.

Aykroyd and fellow original cast members Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson all had cameos in Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot of the comedy, which starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

Back in February, Reitman seemingly criticised the female-led reboot by commenting that his follow-up to the 1984 original will “hand the movie back to fans”.

“I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies,” the filmmaker said during an episode of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast. “This is gonna be a love letter to Ghostbusters… I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans.”

However, he later took to Twitter to clarify his comments, and said he had “nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen”.

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Paul Rudd to star in new Ghostbusters movie

Paul Rudd has officially joined the cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters movie.The Ant-Man star unveiled the news in a video posted to the official Twitter account for the film on Thursday, with the footage showing him stood in front of the iconic Ghostbu…

Paul Rudd has officially joined the cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters movie.

The Ant-Man star unveiled the news in a video posted to the official Twitter account for the film on Thursday, with the footage showing him stood in front of the iconic Ghostbusters headquarters in New York.

Noting he “loved” the original movies, Paul went on to explain that he was thrilled to be cast in the star-studded project by director Jason Reitman.

“When I heard that Jason Reitman was going to be doing a new version in the fall… my agent called (him) and said, ‘Hey Jason, we hear there’s a part of a young, semi-young strapping man, that needs to be cast, who you gonna call?'” the 50-year-old stated, referring to the famous line from the movie. “When I heard they were going to call me, well as you can imagine, I nearly slimed myself. I can’t wait to join the cast this fall for Ghostbusters. In fact, I’m sliming myself right now.”

The clip was captioned, “Look who accepted the call. #GB20.”

The Leftovers actress Carrie Coon, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, and child actress Mckenna Grace have also been attached to parts in the movie, while original castmembers Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver may make appearances too.

The Juno moviemaker is directing and co-writing the next instalment of the Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 films directed by his father Ivan Reitman.

The sequel, which will be produced by Ivan, will be released by Sony Pictures in summer 2020 and is due to begin filming soon, with the script co-written by Gil Kenan.

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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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