Producer Ivan Reitman has provided an update on plans for future movies in the Ghostbusters universe. When it was released last summer, the female-driven reboot met with a divided reaction from critics and a somewhat muted response from moviegoers worldwide.
Even so, it earned more than $200 million at the box office. Though that total was less than expected in view of the movie’s $144 million budget, it suggested that audiences were still interested in its comic approach to the supernatural. Indeed, last November Reitman said, “There’s going to be many other Ghostbusters movies, they’re just in development right now.”
Now Reitman has commented further on the reboot. He told io9: “We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit. But considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much, frankly, and that’s the real issue.”
Reitman allows that he “had other points of view in terms of where the film should go. … But Paul [Feig] was the filmmaker on this one and he’s a very talented director. I wanted to give him enough room to do the film he thought it should be.”
As to other related movies, Reitman says: “We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”
Reitman hopes that the animated movie will be in theaters by 2019 or 2020. He declined to give any information about the live-action movies that remain in development.
For now, the franchise is represented by a new comic book series, as well as the first chapter of Ghostbusters VR: Now Hiring, a virtual reality experience for the home that is now available on the PlayStation Store.