Dan Aykroyd has described Jason Reitman as the “perfect” person to inherit the Ghostbusters franchise.
The 68-year-old actor founded the supernatural comedy franchise and returns to the role of Dr. for the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Raymond Stantz back. The film is directed by Jason – the son of the original director Ivan Reitman – and Dan feels he is an ideal filmmaker to uphold the series’ legacy.
Dan told Cigar Aficionado, “Jason is the perfect heir to the legacy as a writer, storyteller and director.
“His vision derives seamlessly, respectfully and honestly from the original films. I can’t wait to see the lines around the multiplex.”
The new film shows a new generation of characters like the children Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and their mother Callie (Carrie Coon). Original stars Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will also return as their respective characters, but Harold Ramis is absent after he passed away in 2014.
Jason previously stated that Ivan wept with joy the first time he saw Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
The 43-year-old director said, “My dad didn’t leave the house much because of COVID. But he did a test, put a mask on, and drove to the Sony parking lot to watch the film with the studio. And then he called and said, “I am so proud to be your father.”
“It was one of the great moments of my life.”
Reitman admits he felt discouraged about his first adventure in the horror genre.
He said, “The feeling that I’ve held onto is that while it’s very funny, it really scared me. It was really my first experience in a horror movie.
“I was at a Directors Guild meeting and happened to be sitting next to Steven Spielberg. When I told him I was working on Ghostbusters, he said out of nowhere, ‘Library Ghost – The Ten Greatest Horrors of All Time.’ And it’s true. “