In a new interview with io9 meant to promote PlayStation's just-released Ghostbusters VR: Now Hiring, director Ivan Reitman says several more Ghostbusters films are in active development: an animated film ... and multiple live-action films.
Of course we'd heard about much of this some time ago, but it's pretty interesting to hear that these projects are moving forward despite the underwhelming performance of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters (2017).
Speaking of, how's Reitman feel about Feig's take on the material now?
“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit. But considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much, frankly, and that’s the real issue. I personally had other points of view in terms of where the film should go and it was kind of a continuous conversation with Paul (Feig) about that. But Paul was the filmmaker on this one and he’s a very talented director. I wanted to give him enough room to do the film he thought it should be.”
Fair enough! And how about these new projects?
"We jumped into an animated film (after the last movie) and we are developing live-action films. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”
In terms of when we might actually see these films, Reitman's a little cagey: he says "2019 or 2020" for the animated version and offers no timeline on any future live-action films. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what pans out.
Head on over to io9 to read the rest of their interview (which also delves into Reitman's thoughts on that Ghostbusters VR game) or head on down to the comments section to reminisce about a simpler time, when unreasonably angry GhostBros were our biggest concern.