Jason Reitman teases Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel

Jason Reitman has teased plans for a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife.The 42-year-old directed the latest film in the supernatural comedy saga, starring Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Carrie Coon, which was due to be released in July thi…

Jason Reitman has teased plans for a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

The 42-year-old directed the latest film in the supernatural comedy saga, starring Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Carrie Coon, which was due to be released in July this year.

However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which forced the temporary closure of cinema chains around the world, the movie’s release has been postponed until March 2021.

Discussing the delay during Josh Gad’s Reunited Apart series with stars of the original Ghostbusters flick, Reitman revealed that not only is he still hard at work on post-production for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but is developing a follow-up movie.

“I can’t tell you anything, but we are working on another instalment,” he teased.

And the filmmaker, son of director Ivan Reitman, who helmed the first two Ghostbusters movies, confessed that the delayed release could be beneficial for the movie as he’s had more time for the editing process.

“We have a little bit more time, and look, as a director, I’ve never had this opportunity to actually take a pause and breathe and look at the movie again,” Reitman explained. “I’ve been spending my days editing Ghostbusters, so that’s where I’ve been.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will also see original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver reprising their roles.

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Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone working on new movie

Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone have been spending the coronavirus lockdown pitching his feature directorial debut to film studio executives.The Social Network actor revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has written a film which h…

Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone have been spending the coronavirus lockdown pitching his feature directorial debut to film studio executives.

The Social Network actor revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has written a film which he plans to direct and has teamed up with his Zombieland co-star Emma Stone and her fiance, Brigsby Bear director Dave McCary, who will produce the project.

“I have spent the last two weeks pitching this movie that I wrote and am directing to financiers and studios. I’d have these hour-long pitches with my producers, Emma Stone and Dave McCary, and when I was doing that, it felt like a typical workday, except for the fact that it was all on the computer,” Eisenberg shared. “It was one million times better than I would have expected. We would have had to drive around to 20 different offices and studios, and this way, we did them all over two days. We ended up in the best possible situation for us. But, of course, the irony is that we never know when it can possibly get made.”

All film and TV sets shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and it is not known when production will resume. The 36-year-old was supposed to be Bosnia shooting an episode for Amazon Prime Video anthology series Modern Love.

“I was directing and acting and writing this episode for Modern Love, and I thought it would be so cool to set it in Bosnia. Then the pandemic started to shut things down, and I thought, ‘Oh my (episode) will be the first thing to go. And it wasn’t the first to go, but maybe the second. We are still waiting on that, so I am looking at when America will open up but also Bosnia,” he explained.

In addition, Eisenberg was in the middle of recording an audiobook he wrote when the pandemic struck. He had recorded his and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard’s parts and was preparing to record Booksmart star Kaitlyn Dever’s, with him adding, “If L.A. shut down two days later, we would have been done.”

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Finn Wolfhard wasn’t allowed to drive iconic Ghostbusters car

Finn Wolfhard wasn’t allowed to drive the iconic Ecto-1 car in Ghostbusters: Afterlife but still had a “mind-blowing” experience filming inside of it.In the upcoming sequel, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace …

Finn Wolfhard wasn’t allowed to drive the iconic Ecto-1 car in Ghostbusters: Afterlife but still had a “mind-blowing” experience filming inside of it.

In the upcoming sequel, 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. The trailer features Wolfhard finding the Ghostbusters’ old car and turning it on before driving it around town and through a field.

When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he got used to the idea of driving the iconic car, the 17-year-old admitted he wasn’t allowed to drive the vehicle as he has failed his written test twice.

“I really didn’t. Part of the reason was because I wasn’t allowed to drive it,” he laughed. “But, I was in the driver’s seat, ‘driving,’ and there’s a sequence in the trailer where I’m ripping through this wheat field. There were a few sequences where I got to press the brake pedal, but it was mind-blowing just to be in it.

“They put a Corvette engine inside it so it could be more powerful. I’d ask our first AD (assistant director) and executive producer, Jason Blumenfeld, if I could just start it, and he’d say, ‘Yeah, sure.’ So, I’d start it up, and it would go, ‘Vroom!’ It would just shoot on, and I’d turn it right back off afterwards.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife serves as a direct sequel to the 1984 original and its 1989 follow-up and features appearances from old favourites such as Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver. It was originally due to be released in July but is now expected to hit cinemas in March 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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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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Ansel Elgort defends The Goldfinch following box office flop

Ansel Elgort has defended his new movie The Goldfinch following its flop at the box office. The Baby Driver actor stars as Theo, a young man who turns to art forgery after losing his mother in a freak tragedy, in the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s bestsel…

Ansel Elgort has defended his new movie The Goldfinch following its flop at the box office.

The Baby Driver actor stars as Theo, a young man who turns to art forgery after losing his mother in a freak tragedy, in the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel. The Goldfinch had been a highly anticipated cinema release until it was savaged by critics, and it subsequently failed at the U.S. box office on its opening weekend earlier this month, making only $2.6 million (£2.1 million) instead of a projected $12 million (£9.6 million).

Accordingly, Elgort has addressed the film’s performance in an Instagram Stories video, and insisted members of the general public have been much more favourable than the critics.

“Critics are usually really great writers and they have to kind of choose a side and they decided that pointing out everything that was wrong with the film would be the best way to write their reviews,” the 25-year-old told viewers. “They’re all great articles too, all the bad reviews, really well-written, but there is a lot of good in the film too, and the film does work, and people who see it, enjoy it and are moved by it.

“The most important person it moved, for me, was my mother, and she’s not moved by all my films, but she really liked this one, so that made me really like it too. So, it’s still in theatres this weekend, take your mom.”

He proved his point by sharing a screengrab from review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, which showed the critics’ score at 25 per cent and the general public’s score at 73 per cent.

The Goldfinch, which cost $40 million (£32 million) to make, was directed by John Crowley and also stars Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, and Finn Wolfhard.

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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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Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and Keanu Reeves among guests at Saint Laurent show

Anthony Vaccarello’s latest Saint Laurent show attracted a whole host of mega stars, with Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and new brand ambassador, Keanu Reeves. Taking place on the Paradise Cove beach in Malibu, on Thursday, a line-up of A-list stars t…

Anthony Vaccarello’s latest Saint Laurent show attracted a whole host of mega stars, with Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and new brand ambassador, Keanu Reeves.

Taking place on the Paradise Cove beach in Malibu, on Thursday, a line-up of A-list stars took their place on the front row, with 21 Savage, Amber Heard, Sebastian Stan, Charlie Puth, Evan Peters, Laura Dern, Lakeith Stanfield and Luka Sabbat joining the sandy setting.

On the fashion front was Amber Valletta, Hailey Bieber and Anja Rubik.

Vaccarello’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection took inspiration from Mick Jagger’s swaggering ‘70s style, which was seen on garments like satin shirts, drain pipe trousers and skinny scarves.

“I tried to connect Mick in the ‘70s with L.A., which I think is the new Marrakech,” Vaccarello told Vogue. “I think Marrakech has become over-used and too touristy, in a way. I always saw Los Angeles as a new Marrakech.”

Like the clothes seen on the catwalk, many of the show’s guests went for unisex looks, almost all donning black garments.

“There’s a quality of life we don’t have in Paris, in England, or anywhere else,” the designer explained of the L.A. setting. “The people I’ve met here are very gender-fluid, very relaxed.”

Absent from Thursday’s proceedings was Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, who was unveiled as a Saint Laurent model in May.

The 16-year-old fronts the Fall/Winter 2019 campaign, and was snapped by photographer David Sims dressed in a Saint Laurent’s signature look of a skinny two-piece suit styled with high-shine leather boots.

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Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard fronts Saint Laurent campaign

Finn Wolfhard has been unveiled as the new face of Saint Laurent.The 16-year-old actor, who stars as Mike Wheeler in the cult-favourite Netflix series Stranger Things, has been snapped up to front the Fall/Winter 2019 campaign, the brand’s creative dir…

Finn Wolfhard has been unveiled as the new face of Saint Laurent.

The 16-year-old actor, who stars as Mike Wheeler in the cult-favourite Netflix series Stranger Things, has been snapped up to front the Fall/Winter 2019 campaign, the brand’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello announced on Instagram.

Wolfhard, who is also the frontman of indie rock band Calpurnia, appears in the slick campaign by photographer David Sims, dressed in a skinny two-piece suit styled with high-shine leather boots. In another image, the It star is seen wearing a striped shirt with a tie, leather jacket, and sunglasses.

The Canadian-born actor follows in the footsteps of Keanu Reeves and Travis Scott, who have both starred in campaigns for luxury French fashion house Saint Laurent, and joins the list of Stranger Things cast members who have been championed by the fashion industry since the show debuted in 2016.

Actress Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven in the show, appeared in several campaigns during Raf Simons‘ time at Calvin Klein, while her co-star Sadie Sink, who plays Max, walked in Miu Miu’s Resort 2019 show. And Dacre Montgomery, who stars as Max’s older brother Billy, was recently tapped to front H&M’s new Stranger Things collection – a line filled with nods to the sci-fi series.

Season three of Stranger Things will debut on Netflix on 4 July (19).

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Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard in talks for Ghostbusters sequel

Actress Carrie Coon has been tapped to play the mother of Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard in the new Ghostbusters sequel. Filmmaker Jason Reitman is working on a revamp of the beloved franchise, which will serve as a follow-up to his father Ivan’s …

Actress Carrie Coon has been tapped to play the mother of Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard in the new Ghostbusters sequel.

Filmmaker Jason Reitman is working on a revamp of the beloved franchise, which will serve as a follow-up to his father Ivan’s Ghostbusters II from 1989, and will reportedly focus on a single mother and her family.

Now, according to Variety, Reitman has found his leads in Carrie and Finn, who have entered talks to front the movie.

Further details about the project have yet to be revealed, and it’s not yet known if original franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will appear in the forthcoming sequel.

Reitman, who is directing from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kenan, gave fans an early glimpse at his Ghostbusters 3 by debuting a teaser in January (19), which featured the fabled Ghostbusters car under a dust cover in a barn.

The movie news was announced less than three years after Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig led Paul Feig’s all-female reboot, but it flopped with critics and fans of the 1980s movies, despite including appearances by Murray, Aykroyd, and Hudson.

Reitman’s version will not be connected in any way to Feig’s film, and the “insulting” revelation left Saturday Night Live star Jones fuming.

However, McCarthy recently weighed in on the controversy, and insisted she was fully supportive of Reitman’s vision.

“I’m for anybody who’s making movies,” she told Entertainment Tonight last month (Feb19). I talked to Jason about it, he’s just always had this idea, and his goes back to the world where the guys (from the original films) did exist and I’m like, ‘I want to see that.’ I’m all for it. I say like, ‘Tell the story.'”

She added, “I think there’s a million stories to be told. He’s a really, really good filmmaker and a really good storyteller, so I will be there buying my ticket. I’m all for it.”

Ghostbusters 3 will be a family affair for Jason as his dad Ivan, who directed the first two installments, will serve as a producer.

Production is due to begin this summer (19), ahead of a July, 2020 launch.

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