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Ivan Reitman Wants to Connect Original and Remake ‘Ghostbusters’ Worlds

So what’s next for the Ghostbusters franchise, you ask?

The biggest mistake made with last year’s Ghostbusters reboot, in my personal opinion, was completely doing away with the original films. Franchise icons like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd appeared in Paul Feig’s movie, but they oddly played new characters rather than the ones we all know and love. It was weird, to say the very least, and the decision to not connect the two sets of characters was one that backfired in a big way.

The future of the whole franchise hangs in the balance in the moment, but could we eventually see the original stars and the reboot stars come together for a sequel? It’s not too late, original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman feels.

During a Facebook live Q&A for yesterday’s “Ghostbusters Day,” franchise producer Reitman teased potential future plans.

We’re doing a lot of work about where do we go next with Ghostbusters,” said Reitman. “I think one thing that fans have clearly wanted, and so did I, that somehow we tie the worlds together. I think it was a little awkward that it wasn’t connected, and we certainly heard a lot from everybody out there. So I would definitely want to connect to all of that.”

What we’ve been doing a lot of is thinking about the franchise rights for Ghostbusters,” Reitman continued, thinking beyond anything we’ve seen from the films so far. “Because Ghostbusters, that idea doesn’t have to just take place in New York, it can happen over the world. I think it would be really cool to see Korean ghosts or Chinese ghosts. All those great traditions in the world have all these tales and things those people are afraid of. To have a sort of local group of Ghostbusters that tie with the head office in New York would be fun.”

Watch the full chat below.



  • marklola12 .

    what a dick he is, fans don’t want ghosts from other countries at all clearly thet still have no idea what the fuck they are talking about

    again this is where people who used to have talent back in the 80s who clearly have lost it all

    • Brando

      GB franchises (in the movies) in different countries would be cool, in my opinion.

  • My idea for ages would allow them to do this, but in a more clever way: crossing the streams in the first movie didn’t just work out all nice like it looked. It split the universe. Now you have all these different realities, splintered out, with different versions of the same events. So the GB16 crew is one. You could have multiple others.

    Next movie: have a team in one discover this.

    Third movie: have all the Ghostbusters from all realities work together to close the rift created by crossing the streams to keep the walls between the spirit world and ours from opening permanently. You have the GB16 team, etc. Use Max Landis’ script as a foundation, just with this modified reason to have different GB teams.

    You’re left with a single, iconic team of new GB’s, lead by Winston, and can do whatever you want from there.

    • DE@DFukk

      Haha! Fucking Max Landis.

  • JoeInTheBox

    This makes sense, that even the cartoons couldn’t keep doing stories were ghost activity was just limited to NY.

  • Munchie

    Or we could all acknowledge it’s 2017 and the Ghostbusters franchise is dead.

  • Bart Crowe

    I am in the minority of finding the Ghostbusters remake enjoyable but just stop. The moment for a Ghostbusters reboot came and went and the public at large said no thanks. If you want do some supplementary comic book or cartoon series than go nuts but just leave the movie alone.

    • Mike Zubiena

      There is a comic book. IDW publishes “Ghostbusters 101” which has the OG crew meet the All -Female crew. They are from different dimensions. The comics are pretty good and are a good supplement for missing Ghostbusters.

    • Buk Lau

      Agree. I liked the remake, thought it was fun. But the negative backlash it received just isn’t worth it. Just do like Platinum Dunes, drop it for a while, and let someone else attempt something in several years. I would like to see a Ghostbusters with an onryo theme, though.

  • Jimmy Black

    Sounds like if they want to make another movie – they will be needing financing from China – like many of the new movies coming out these days – hence the mention of possibly having Asian ghosts in sequels…. Whatever – could still be fun.

  • Grimphantom

    They are already doing it in the comics, why bother?

  • GunsOfNavarone

    Why not just do a 10 part animated Netflix show… It’s a while since we’ve had an animated Ghostbusters series, although I would prefer a hand drawn show to cgi. The Real Ghostbusters still looks great to this day although modern hand drawn animation could benefit from some great cell shaded effects.

  • SPPAEH.?

    As much as I wasn’t fond of the he remake, the ghostbusters themselves were fine. I’d be interested in foreign ghostbusters. More so if they sold the rights to a foreign studio to make it.

  • moebius2249

    Doubling down on stupid. That’s Sony for you.

  • Sykes

    The “universes” should have been connected from the start. Don’t bother with some crap mental gymnastics trying to connect them now, just dump the reboot and be done with it.

  • DirkShadows

    I suppose Ivan hasn’t seen the “Ghostbusters 101” series from IDW.

    • gantarat

      It’s his idea.

  • The remake felt like a spoof to me. I hated the idea before I even saw it and after seeing it I felt no different. Don’t worry about connecting the worlds, just forget it happened and move on. I’d rather see some originality and respect pumped back into Ghostbusters or nothing at all.

  • Mehliens

    The reason the remake sucked was the director and the script. Those were absolute not funny disasters. It had absolutely nothing to do with the heart warming humanistic wittiness of the original and instead we got flat self referential jokes and dumb exposition like ‘I’m a super smart scientist and you are a super smart scientist yuk yuk’ bullshit. Only a total hack of a director could have not seen this not working.

    • gantarat

      Read Ghostbusters 101 from IDW. It’s Pretty Good.

  • EvilWhiteMale

    Just let it die. The time to do it right has passed.

  • Travis_Bickle

    They are really pumping a dry well with this whole new Ghostbusters deal. Just stop….please. For the fans…go no further with this series!!

  • tyler

    Since they wanted to spend the time and money on being politically correct and on female empowerment in this age of women supposedly being so suppressed rather than focusing on getting a good script and having even slightly entertaining and funny actors… most fans have abandoned ship on this now. People saw right through that shit and the numbers showed.

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