A release date has been set for the Ghostbusters sequel: July 10, 2020.
Sony Pictures made the announcement on Friday, just ten days after disclosing that Jason Reitman will direct the sequel.
Jason is the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 Ghostbusters, which starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, and Sigourney Weaver. In the first iteration, Murray’s character Peter Venkman leads a team of parapsychologists who launch a ghost-hunting business in New York City. The 1984 film earned $242 million in the U.S. and more than $295 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing comedy film of its time.
Jason Reitman co-wrote the sequel's screenplay with director and writer Gil Kenan. Casting has already begun, with plans to shoot beginning this summer. This chapter will not be linked to the 2016 Ghostbusters with Melissa McCarthy; rather, Reitman’s sequel will continue from the 1984 installment and is reportedly set to include the original cast.
“This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day,” he recently told Entertainment Weekly.
Sony made another announcement on Friday, that the release date for its next Marvel movie, Morbius is set for July 31, 2020. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Matt Smith was in final talks to join Jared Leto for the film, which is based on the Spider-Man villain with the same name.