April Fools: Ghostbusters 2016 Characters to Appear in Ghostbusters 3!

In a rather surprising turn of events, writer and director Jason Reitman has confirmed that he intends to incorporate the paranormal experts introduced in Paul Feig’s 2016 remake, Ghostbusters, in Ghostbusters 3 which will serve as a direct sequel to the 1984 and 1989 films. But, these characters may feature into the plot in unexpected ways. When asked about the potential connection to the 2016 film during an interview with GeekScholars Movie News, Reitman revealed the following:

“Yes, we’re working on bringing in the main five from the most recent film into this story. Something Danny [Aykroyd] was always interested in exploring as part of the Ghostbusters mythos is the idea of a multiverse. In fact, in one of his early treatments for a third film, it saw the team going to other dimensions and really opening up the world in that way. You can even see this hinted at in the first movie near the end.”

Reitman’s comments actually hold a lot of weight. First, Aykroyd remarked publicly many times post-Ghostbusters II that he wanted to see the Ghostbusters exploring portals to other dimensions and said that his concept for the next film included going to Hell. Furthermore, in the 1984 movie, when Ray first talks to Gozer, he diplomatically suggests that she return to the “most convenient parallel dimension” as indicated by the clip below:

The obvious conclusion to these remarks is that the Ghostbusters franchise will introduce the notion of different existences, each with their own busting team. This would make the crossover of the 2016 characters with the original cast a little easier to understand, and might even explain away some of the then unusual inclusions in Feig’s version such as Slimer, the Stay Puft balloon float, and the post-credits stinger name-dropping Zuul. It’ll be interesting to see if the 2016 talent signs on—Leslie Jones, in particular, has voiced her displeasure at the direction of the franchise, but Hemsworth is clearly a Sony Pictures darling having recently wrapped Men In Black International. Furthermore, Akyroyd’s GhostCorps company was set up to expand the Ghostbusters IP in aggressive ways, so this appears to be in line with the overall vision originally intended.

Reitman was reluctant to comment on how much screen time the 2016 cast would have or even if they would interact with the original Ghostbusters, but it is intriguing that he intends on weaving the different iterations together. What do you think? Are you okay with connecting the two film universes? Do you think that all five cast members (Wiig, McKinnon, McCarthy, Jones, and Hemsworth) will return?

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SOURCE: GeekScholars Movie News

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Fox Troilo

Fox serves as an entertainment journalist in the Washington, D.C. When not covering cinematic news for LRM, he critiques films as a member of the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Fox also has a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Strategy from Indiana University Bloomington.

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