A lot of thought has gone into rebooting the Ghostbusters intellectual property, just to keep the franchise alive and lucrative. Last year. in 2016, the original series was rebooted into a all-female, and some would argue feminist, stand-alone film that featured none of the original cast, save a few cameos.
Now, Ivan Reitman, director of the first two original films, had this to say regarding what he would do differently if he were given the chance to helm a second new film:
“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.”
Ivan Reitman continued, elaborating on his ideas for a more spread out, decentralized and expanded universe of ghostbusting around the country, and perhaps around the world:
“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 take: reboot the films entirely after a few years. Wait for the mixed feelings generated by the 2016 film to dissipate. I said way back in 2012, reboot reboot reboot. Just not the way Feig rebooted the film. Wrong director, wrong goddamned cast. Get a mixeed cast in there. Maybe a few women. Generate some laughs. Tie into the old movies and ignore the 2016 as a one-off fluke.