The 2016, female-driven Ghostbusters reboot may have disappointed at the box office, but Sony may try to course-correct the franchise as early as 2019.
According to Ivan Reitman, the director of the original two movies and producer of the recent reboot, the future of the series is still moving forward at a healthy pace. During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con this week, Reitman claimed that a new movie is expected to release around Summer 2019 — a significant date given that it will mark the 35-year anniversary of the original film.
“Well, the studio is working on some really nice things. First of all, I can’t believe the movie is still playing and being watched so assiduously… and I can’t believe I’m so old. Yeah, I think there’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of special things. We’re going to try to tie one of our films close to that date.”
Reitman has made promises in the past that there would be a “Ghostbusters shared universe” eventually, which has led to speculation that this new movie could be part of Sony’s plan to keep the franchise going. Sony had plans for a sequel prior to the reboot’s release last year, but reportedly put those plans on hiatus after the reboot’s disappointing box office returns.
Unfortunately, it’s unclear whether the planned 2019 movie Reitman is promising is the animated feature we already know about or an all-new live-action film, as the director stopped short of confirming which it would be. It’s also unclear if a new live-action film would continue with the cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, or start fresh with another all-new cast.
Seeing as how Summer 2019 is only two years away, we’ll likely hear more about this mysterious Ghostbusters project before long. Are you excited by this or would you just like to see this franchise die? Let us know what you would want to see out of a new Ghostbusters film!