Are you brave enough to sleep in the ‘Ghostbusters’ firehouse this Halloween?
October is a tricky month for the “Ghostbusters” movie franchise.
Though the original film, led by director Ivan Reitman, won a BAFTA at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and won nine Oscars, the franchise hasn’t been this dormant since “Ghostbusters II: The Revenge” in 1995. Over and over, the iconic stars are asked to come out and play while a movie is in development.
But in spite of all that, director Ivan Reitman — who co-directed the “Ghostbusters” movie along with his wife, Julia Phillips, — has made it his mission to start up again.
So what’s the latest story that’s keeping Reitman busy? Well, back in April, he released “Escape From Tomorrow” — a science-fiction sequel that takes place a hundred years into the future, where time travel has become a reality.
However, the film isn’t a total reboot of the franchise. Reitman, who directed and wrote “Ghostbusters,” doesn’t simply want to recreate the film, but wants to take the storyline that started with the original movie to the next level.
It started out with a story idea that Reitman initially pitched to his co-executive producer, Will Smith, but he later decided to bring it over to Phillips.
“I’d always wanted to do a sequel, and you’d be shocked at how many good ideas I’m pitched,” Reitman said to the “Today” show this week. “[W]e had about seven or eight different ideas, and the one idea I liked the most was the idea of doing a movie where aliens are stealing and selling information on the human race.
“I brought it to Will and Julia and said, ‘What do you think of that?’ And they said