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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.



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