Dan Aykroyd had some glorious things to say Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman, adding that he can’t wait to see fans lining up to see the movie on the big screen. Returning to the continuity of the first two Ghostbusters films, the new sequel will be directed by Reitman, taking the reins from his father, Ivan, who directed Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. It will also bring back Aykroyd and several other stars from the original films.
When Paul Feig released his new version Ghostbusters in 2016, one of the most common complaints was how the movie rebooted the story with a new cinematic universe. Many fans made it clear that they would prefer to check in again with the original characters, even if it is a new team catching ghosts like the new Ghostbusters. This played a big part in Sony giving the Reitmans the green light to bring the franchise back to its roots.
For his part, Dan Aykroyd feels Jason Reitman understands what made the original films so special. Via CinemaBlend, here’s what the franchise star had to say in a Cigar Aficionado interview about the younger Reitman pushing the series forward with the all-new sequel, which he suggests is a perfect fit for his predecessors.
“Jason is the perfect heir to the legacy as a writer, storyteller and director. His vision flows seamlessly, respectfully and honestly from the original films. I can’t wait to see the lines around the cinema.”
Seeing the movie’s release in theaters also seems to be exciting for Aykroyd, which is understandable after the several major delays. It was originally set to premiere last summer, before being delayed to March this year due to the pandemic. Another delay caused it to be pushed back to June before the last November 11 premiere date. Other movies had been released on streaming services in the past year, but Sony had chosen to wait for an actual theatrical release before Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Let’s hope the wait is worth it.
Aykroyd expresses similar feelings to co-star Bill Murray, who also praised Reitman’s work on the sequel. In April, Murray received the Maltin Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. It opened during the event Ghostbusters: Afterlife and how much he thinks the film is a true sequel to the original two episodes.
‘I remember he called me and said,’ I have an idea for someone else Ghostbusters. I’ve had this idea for years. I thought, “What the hell could that be?” Murray explained, via NME. ‘But he had a really, really great idea that he wrote with another great guy I was going to work with, Gil Kenan, who made City of Ember. The two wrote one Ghostbusters film that really brings it back to life. It really has the feel of the first, more than the second or that of the girls. It feels different from two out of four. “
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be released in theaters on November 11, 2021. This news comes from CinemaBlend.
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