Ivan Reitman is passing the Ghostbusters torch to his son. Four-time Oscar nominee Jason Reitman (Up In The Air, Juno, Tully) is set to direct a new installment in the Ghostbusters series for Sony Pictures set to come out in the summer of 2020. Reitman tweeted Tuesday night, January 15, 2019, that he’s “finally got the keys to the car.”
Ivan Reitman directed and produced the original Ghostbusters, which came out in 1984, and its sequel in 1989.
Reitman says that this new Ghostbusters will be going back to its roots and will be the next chapter in the original story, a sequel, not a reboot. Sony attempted to reboot Ghostbusters in 2016 with gender-flipped leads, but the costly film disappointed at the box office and with critics.
Watch the Ghostbusters 3 teaser trailer below. It begins on a quiet night outside a weather-worn barn. Someone is tinkering on a machine that stubbornly refuses to start.
As the point of view draws closer, we hear the late Elmer Bernstein’s eerie score from the library scene of the 1984 original. A strand of of ectoplasm dangles from a nearby fence, the tell-tale sign that something supernatural is also lurking nearby.
Whoever is working on the device finally powers it up, and the off-camera glow of what looks like a burst from a broken proton pack floods the barn and lifts the tarp covering another familiar machine — the rusting back end of the original Ecto-1.
Stay tuned for Ghostbusters 3 updates.