Where you were during the great "Ghostbusters" war of 2016? Was it in the comments section, fighting?
Get ready for more of that. Jason Reitman announced Tuesday that he will direct and co-write a new installment in the "Ghostbusters" series, which will not pick up where the 2016 all-female reboot left off. (His father, Ivan, directed the original 1984 movie and its 1989 follow-up.)
"This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot," Jason Reitman told Entertainment Weekly, which first broke the news. "What happened in the '80s happened in the '80s, and this is set in the present day."
There's even a teaser for the forthcoming movie, showing the old Ectomobile (that iconic "Ghostbusters" car) in a barn.
This comes after all of the drama surrounding Sony's 2016 reboot, which starred Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. The gender-swap sparked intense divisiveness well before the movie even hit theaters, with negative comments flooding the internet simply because it starred women. (The responses ranged from "how dare these women ruin a beloved childhood classic" to "women are not funny.")
The trailer for the Paul Feig-directed movie brought out an unprecedented level of hate, making it the most disliked trailer in YouTube history. Audience ratings posted on sites such as IMDb were also out of whack.
On the other end of the spectrum, the sight of four women fighting ghosts and taking names inspired plenty of love among a cadre of fans eager to see more female representation on screen. Feig was especially touched by seeing young girls and boys dressing up as the characters for Halloween.
"I wanted for little girls to be able to see themselves up on the screen," Feig told Vulture at the time. "The original one exists, so you can see boys doing it, but how fun for girls to have this experience!"
We know few details about the newest "Ghostbusters" installment, but it's sparking reactions about possible gender dynamics within the movie and what that could mean more broadly. Shooting will begin in the next few months, with a release date anticipated for summer 2020, according to EW. No word on the cast yet and whether it'll be an all-male, female or mixed-gender ensemble, although Reitman promised "new characters."
For the 2016 reboot, Feig had buy-in from the original cast members, many of whom had cameos, and Ivan Reitman produced. But the stakes were still high when Feig took the reins of the beloved movie franchise. The ongoing sexist vitriol made seeing the reboot more than just a night out at the movies; paying for a ticket became a political act.
"I have so much respect for what Paul [Feig] created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them," Reitman told EW. "However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film."