Ivan Reitman Thinks It's the Right Time for Ghostbusters 3
One person we haven't heard much from regarding the new Ghostbusters 3 is the man behind it all, Ivan Reitman, who directed the original two movies. However, SciFi Wire finally caught up with Reitman recently during a promotion for the re-release of Ghostbusters on Blu-Ray. Beyond just being a producer on the sequel, Reitman thinks the time is right to bring back the franchise anyway. "There's something in the zeitgeist of the world right now that it feels appropriate. There are some very talented people writing the screenplay. All of our fingers are crossed." We're all hoping for the best as well, as no one wants this ruined.
Reitman also answered a few questions briefly on Ghosbusters 3, starting with how it all came together. "I actually think the combination of both the Blu-Ray release and the new game sort of awakened the thirst of at least the creators of the movie to start to rethink of it more seriously, the possibility of a sequel. It's something that's been sort of dormant in our minds, really, for the last 10 years or so, and there have been two things that sort of told us, 'Wow, people still seem to be really interested in this story and the characters in this story.' More importantly, it sort of reawakened the joy of working on this film in both iterations."
Despite all that joy, though, there is plenty of a fear, not only amongst all of the fans, but even Reitman himself is a bit worried. When asked what his hopes and fears are, this is the optimistic answer he gave.
"The most important thing [is] we don't want it to be a disappointment to the people who have sort of taken this very much to their hearts. I feel the responsibility as the producer and director of the original in a very legitimate and real way. It was hard enough to do that sequel, but I think the time is kind of right. I just sort of felt it lately and said that to Columbia, so we've started this journey. The most important thing is that the script is good. I think we can find actors who can join the original group of actors to make something special of it."
I actually think it's great to hear that Reitman is so supportive of Ghostbusters 3. If you look at something like Terminator Salvation, which didn't ever really get the blessing of its original creator James Cameron, the end result wasn't very well embraced, even moreso because it turned out pretty bad. Thankfully this already on a different path, which may mean better things in the end. We've heard plenty about the story and the younger cast (including that Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku are Dan Aykroyd's top choice), but it's a relief to actually hear from Reitman. Here's to hoping it stays true to the spirit of the original movies.