Jason Reitman was recently a guest on Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast where he dropped a pretty encouraging tidbit about the upcoming Ghostbusters 3 movie:
“I would imagine there is this whole thing where you have to stay loyal to the look, the vibe, the fans of the previous and you also have to want put your stamp on it? So… is this a hacky junket question?”
“I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies.”
He’s A Real Director
Jason Reitman has been a legit Sundance director for 20 years with two Best Director Oscar nominations in that time. He’s delivered not only Juno but also Thank You For Smoking, Up In The Air, Tully, Young Adult and the recently released The Front Runner, that deals with the 1988 Gary Hart US Presidential campaign.
These movies might not be full-on Goblin material but you can’t say they are trash that relies on cheap laughs and stale gimmicks like the boat-act Ghostbusters 2016.
The guy comes off as genuine, grounded and sincere, if not more than a little circumspect, during the interview. Particularly when he talks about the franchise:
“This is going to be a love letter to Ghostbusters. I love this franchise. I grew up watching it. I consider myself the first Ghostbusters fan. I was like seven years old when that movie came out and I love it. I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans.”
Although Reitman freely admits that this will be the first time that he’ll be working with a visual effects team in post-production he also seems pretty committed to the old ways.
For the recently released trailer, they went back to the working files from the first Ghostbusters to recreate the sound of the proton packs as well as giving us some hints of the original Elmer Bernstein score.
Additionally, when making the “Summer 2020” title they found the vinyl lettering from the 1984 Ghostbusters poster, scanned them, printed them and then filmed them with lightning and smoke effects — as one would have done 35 years ago.
“We are in every way trying to go back to original technique and hand the movie back to fans.”
Apparently, this is pure hatred of the female gender based on nothing but shitty movies.
But, thankfully, Jason has apologized:
Wo, that came out wrong! I have nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen and the bravery with which they made Ghostbusters 2016. They expanded the universe and made an amazing movie!
— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) February 21, 2019
Jason, bro, you sound like the very right man for the job. If you make the movie the fans will show up, make a good movie and you go legend, but let me give you some advice:
Never apologize to Twitter!
Give These Guys Some Love
Bill’s entire interview with Jason offers a pretty good window into directing, flying helicopters, politics, abortion and Hollywood. Have a listen if you take the time, the Ghostbusters stuff is at 59 minutes and 108 minutes.
And check out The Front Runner if you get the chance. Jason says it’s for people who enjoy nuance and “don’t like to be told what to think”. Plus old Billbo Faggins is in it!
“Go see Tha Front Runna, dood!”
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