Why did Jason Reitman really make it? Ghostbusters: Afterlife? The filmmaker has tried the discouraging proposal to follow his father, the legendary filmmaker Ivan Reitman, into the family business. While many kids of Hollywood royalty have ridden the coattails, careful not to stray from the family brand, Jason Reitman made his directorial debut with the dark comedy, Thanks for smoking, centered on Big Tobacco’s efforts as seen through the eyes of the lobbyist who uses his magic of spin to promote smoking. He then moved on to the topic of unplanned teenage pregnancy in Juno. Both films garnered praise from critics and audiences alike, but they contrasted sharply with the wider comedic romps such as Stripes, meatballs and of course, Ghostbusters.
Ghostbusters came on the big screen in 1984 and little Jason was 7 years old. The story, the stars, the spectacle, the legacy, they formed the background of Jason’s life. He recently spoke about why, after his own brand had achieved its own success, he finally decided to take the plunge and join the Ghostbusters business.
“For the first 40 years of my life I was asked one question more than any other question. It wasn’t when I got married. It wasn’t when I was going to have kids. Or how I was doing. It was: are you going? make one Ghostbusters movie? And finally I did. And for the last three years people have been asking, ‘Oh, what’s changed, why?’ It’s the same answer as always: there was a story I had to tell.”
“And I wanted to make a movie for my father. And I wanted to make a movie for my daughter… Ghostbusters is one of those rare franchises, where it doesn’t belong to the filmmakers anymore. Unlike any other movie I’ve ever made, it’s not mine. It’s not my father’s. Technically it belongs to Sony, but in reality it belongs to all of you. …We wanted to make a movie that had mystery, laughs, and made you sing the theme song as you walked out of the cinema. A movie you could take your family to.”
It’s hard to believe people didn’t understand why Jason Reitman wouldn’t try to make a film that would measure up to his father’s blockbuster that has been acclaimed for generations. No pressure, Jason! The relief and beauty Jason described when his father saw him… Ghostbusters: Afterlife touches. “My father hasn’t been out of the house much because of Covid. But he did a test, put on a mask and drove to the Sony property to watch the film with the studio. And then he cried and said, ‘I’m so proud to be your father.’ And it was one of the best moments of my life.”
I’m sure it sealed the deal when Ghostbusters co-creator Dan Aykroyd, speaking of taking over from Jason Reitman, describes Jason as the “perfect heir to the legacy as a writer, storyteller and director. His vision comes forth seamlessly, respectfully and honestly.” … from the original movies. Can’t wait to see the lines around the multiplex.” Neither do we, Ray! In cinemas until November 19. This news originated at CinemaBlend.
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