'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' director Jason Reitman says his father is 'so proud' after seeing the upcoming sequel.
We've seen a lot of reboots and revisiting of our favorite classic characters and movies lately, and 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' is among those legacy films that will sweep us in a wave of nostalgia.
'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' will carry us away from New York and into a small town in Oklahoma, where a family discovers their link to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather's secret legacy.
If the film's plot is already pulling a tug in your heart, then you should know that, behind the camera, another touching narrative of legacy is also happening.
'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' is directed by Jason Reitman, the son of the original 'Ghostbusters' director Ivan Reitman.
In a recent interview, Jason shared a heart-warming moment when his father saw the Ghostbuster film that he helmed.
“My father hasn’t been leaving the house much because of Covid,” Jason told Empire.
“But he took a test, put on a mask, and drove down to the Sony lot to watch the movie with the studio. And after, he cried, and he said, ‘I’m so proud to be your father.’ And it was one of the great moments of my life.”
'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' is the direct sequel to the 1984 and 1989 Ghostbusters films and the fourth movie in the Ghostbusters franchise. The film is set in the same universe as the original two films (albeit, over thirty years since the events of Ghostbusters II ).
It will bring back some of the original cast members including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, and introduce us to young new cast members led by Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard and Designated Survivor's Mckenna Grace.
Jason Reitman also made an effort to pay homage to his father's creations, revealing he tried to make Afterlife as scary as the old films felt too.
The sequel is Jason's first horror film, and he admitted that the thought of creating frightening scenes scared him a bit. Thankfully, he got some insightful suggestions from one of the biggest names in the industry--Steven Spielberg.
"The feeling that I’ve kind of held onto is that while it is very funny, it really scared me. It was really my first experience with a horror film,” Jason said.
“I was at a Directors Guild meeting and I happened to be sitting next to Steven Spielberg – when I told him I was working on Ghostbusters, he out of nowhere said, ‘Library Ghost – top ten scares of all time.’ And it’s true.”
'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' is finally coming to theaters on November 11, 2021, after numerous delays.