‘Ghostbusters’ Creator Ivan Reitman Explains Where Franchise Should Go

Ghostbusters Logo
Following an incredibly controversial reboot that ultimately failed, the Ghostbusters franchise is left in a pretty sorry situation. That being said, Ivan Reitman, the director of the 1984 classic, has stated that he still has plans to revitalize the Ghostbusters franchise yet.

Yahoo! Movies recently wrote an article covering “Ghostbusters Day” (June 8) and a Facebook stream that was held to commemorate it. On the stream, series co-creator Ivan Reitman talked about where he wants to take the franchise if the movie gets another film:

“What we’ve been doing a lot of is thinking about the franchise rights for Ghostbusters. 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 historical stories, all these tales of things that those people are afraid of. To have a sort of local group of Ghostbusters that maybe tie in with head office in New York would be fun.”

Reitman’s pitch sounds pretty similar to an existing Ghostbusters property – specifically, the Ghostbusters International comic series from IDW Publishing, which sent the original team of Ghostbusters on a world tour to deal with a number of paranormal problems following a supernatural incident at the United Nations.

Reitman also stated that he’d be interested in connecting the new continuity with the original Ghostbusters movies:

“We’re doing a lot of work about where do we go next with Ghostbusters. I think one thing that fans have clearly wanted, and so did I, is that somehow we tie the worlds together. That the historical films, the ones that I originally directed back in the ‘80s, were mixed with the film that Paul Feig just did and that world. 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.”

Given that Dan Aykroyd has noted that he doesn’t think the cast of the Ghostbusters reboot will ever play those characters again, and the movie was largely unpopular with fans, perhaps it might just be better to do a “de”-boot that ignores the reboot and instead continues the story established by Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 (which is what everyone, Reitman included, wanted all along).

The classic two Ghostbusters movies and the reboot can all be viewed on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

6 Ways Sony Can Make ‘Venom’ Actually Good

Previous1 of 7

Venom Superheroes
A while ago, it was announced that Sony was interested in revisiting the Venom property after featuring the character in the contentious Spider-Man 3, with the intent to have a new franchise that wouldn’t necessarily be tied to the current cinematic iteration of Spider-Man. Progress on that stalled when it turned out that Sony would be placing emphasis on developing an animated movie instead; While news on that movie has steadily been released, Venom seemed to be put on the back-burner for a while. Now, in what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to Aquaman moving to take Avatar 2‘s planned release date, Sony has suddenly announced that the Venom project is back in business, and will be arriving on the same day that Aquaman was originally going to be released.

Naturally, this has left a lot of fans with concerns, particularly with the team that’s producing Venom – Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the duo behind the unnecessary The Amazing Spider-Man reboot series that caved in on its second installment and indirectly led to Sony’s decision to re-reboot into a much more accurate and well-received take on Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures as a company has been taking a lot of flak for a number of creative decisions recently, such as greenlighting the already-maligned animated feature The Emoji Movie and deciding to cancel the Ghostbusters III film that was in development in the late 2000s in favor of pushing out a reboot with a half-assed script, a decision that the contributed greatly to Sony’s billion-dollar write-off for their film division last year when their would-be mega-franchise came up incredibly short. They’re not exactly in the best place right now as a company, and it’s going to be a while before Spider-Man: Homecoming (hopefully) puts them in a better position as far as their tentpoles are concerned.

But there’s still a chance for Venom to defy expectations and actually turn out to be a good movie. The easiest option for Sony would be to wait a bit and cooperate with Marvel Studios before thinking about putting the Lethal Protector in one of their movies – since it’s very likely that Spider-Man will get the Symbiote in Avengers: Infinity War, and Venom will probably play a part in their own plans – but given the divide between Arad and Marvel Studios following his departure from the company, this does not seem likely. Operating on the presumption that Venom will be set outside of the MCU’s continuity – which ultimately may not be the case – here are 6 things that Sony must do to make sure that they get the villain/anti-hero right this time.

Previous1 of 7

Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.