Does Ivan Reitman’s Opinion on The Ghostbusters Franchise Even Matter Anymore?

Nearly everyone who saw the 2016 version of Ghostbusters agrees that it was a virtual bomb. While there were a few who didn’t mind the new idea and the female led characters (along with a nerdy Chris Hemsworth), consensus was pretty upset that the Paul Feig directed movie ever got made in the first place.   Most think the franchise should have stopped after the very first movie that was directed by Ivan Reitman.

However, Reitman (and others) are continuing to contemplate what’s going to happen to the franchise moving forward.  I’ve already issued my opinion in that it’s future should be animated and feature films should be completely stopped.  But what do I know? Original director Ivan Reitman agrees that the first movie pretty much sucked. Here’s what he said recently in an interview:

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, you know, back in the ’80s — 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…What we’ve been doing a lot of is thinking about the franchise rights for Ghostbuster, 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 and all these tales of things [that] those people are afraid of. To have a sort of local group of Ghostbusters that tie with the head office in New York would be fun.

My only reservations with listening to Ivan Reitman is that he officially hasn’t made a good movie since the late 90s and that’s being generous.   Six Days Seven Nights was decent but only decent.  The point is that we’re now in 2017.  Sure Reitman made an excellent movie in Ghostbusters but I’m guessing there are tons of directors out there who could do a better job if the franchise does decide to movie forward.  Listening to Reitman is a pointless effort in my honest opinion.  Loved his work in the 80s but not anymore.

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