Ghostbusters: Afterlife Director Jason Reitman Shares Father’s Reaction to Movie

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Jason Reitman is the son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman (who also directed Ghostbusters II). It has been over thirty years since Ghostbusters II and with Ghostbusters: Afterlife existing in the same world as the original two, it has become a legacy movie. It also has original stars Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson returning.

Jason Reitman wanted one person to see the film and be impressed by it, he shared with Empire. That one person was his father. “My father hasn’t been leaving the house much because of Covid,” shared Reitman. “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.”

On making this film, Reitman shared that he really wanted to make it as scary as the original two felt to him. “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,” he explains. “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 takes place in Oklahoma and stars Mckenna Grace and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, who stumble across some old Ghostbusters gear. Of course, an adventure ensues. The film is set to arrive in theaters on June 11, 2021.

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