It isn’t often that directors can work on a secret project and keep it just that, but it seems Juno’s Jason Reitman has been quietly working on a secret Ghostbusters film – and as we learn about it, the director has already released the first teaser.
Today, Entertainment Weekly shared the exclusive trailer, and it’s pretty eerie.
The teaser begins on a quiet night, just outside an old barn in which someone is working on a machine that refuses to start. While we draw closer to the barn, Elmer Bernstein’s eerie library scene score from the original 1984 film begins to play – warning that something supernatural is probably nearby.
The mechanic finally manages to power up the device, and what appears to be the burst of a broken proton pack floods the barn with a glow and manages to lift up the tarp which covers another familiar piece of machinery – the rusting tail end of the original Ecto-1 car.
According to EW, Reitman shot the teaser hoping that it would leave the audience with a lot of unanswered questions, like: Whose barn is this? Where are Venkman, Stantz, Zeddemore and Spengler? And why is this iconic vehicle gathering dust in the middle of nowhere?
Reitman is directing and co-writing the film, which will be set in the same world that was saved decades earlier by the original Ghostbusters from the 1984 film, which was directed by his father, Ivan Reitman.
Reitman said of the project, “I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans. This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.”
However, the director was very clear that this film will not be in any way linked to Paul Feig’s all-female reboot, “I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.”
Reitman grew up idolising his dad’s project, like Stripes, Twins, and Dave – and just like any other ‘80s kid, he was a huge Ghostbusters fan:
“I love everything about it. The iconography. The music. The tone. I remember being on set and seeing them try out the card catalog gag for the first time when the library ghost makes them come flying out. I remember the day they killed Stay Puft and I brought home a hardened piece of foam that just sat on a shelf for years. I was scared there was a terror dog underneath my bed before people knew what a terror dog was.”
And, if all this isn’t enough, Ivan Reitman will be a producer on the film, saying “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out. […] It was a decision he had to come to himself. He worked really hard to be independent and developed a wonderful career on his own. So I was quite surprised when he came to me with Gil [Kenan, co-writer] and said, ‘I know I’ve been saying for 10 years I’m the last person who should make a Ghostbusters movie, but…I have this idea.’ Literally, I was crying by the end of it, it was so emotional and funny.”
Sony has set a release for the film in Summer 2020, with plans for filming to begin in the coming months.
More on this new Ghostbusters film when we have it.