If you weren’t one of the kajillion folks who zipped into thier flightsuits and grabbed their proton packs to take in the highly-anticipated (gross understatement) Ghostbusters: Afterlife, this article is not for you! If you were giggling, gasping and squeaking with delight, surrounded by a crowd, young and old, sporting their vintage ‘Who Ya Gonna Call?’ threadbare t-shirts or those who were just starting to break their’s in, then dive on in; the ectoplasm is fine! Last chance! SPOILERS!!
Ok. Surrounded by an audience that was completely emotionally invested (No pressure!) in Jason Reitman’s vision for the latest installment of his father Ivan Reitman’s franchise, and then filing out after its conclusion, reading the crowd in the lobby, the smiles and favorites scenes discussions having already began, parents looking down at their kids to ask what they thought of the movie, I would call it a triumph, and a true beginning of a new chapter for our Ghostbusters.
Jason Reitman let us in, gushing over working with the original recipe ‘busters, the tear-jerking homage to Harold Ramis, and the unique way Dan Aykroyd becomes Dr. Raymond Stantz. Aykroyd, creating the characters and writing the scripts with Harold Ramis, knows the voice of the film because he created it. Reitman explains, “It was more about language. What I love about talking to Dan Aykroyd is the moment he starts talking, you feel like you’re in the verbiage of Ghostbusters. He has a way that only he speaks. He has read everything, he obviously has deep roots in science fiction and ghost folklore, and when he talks about it, he talks about in just a way that no one else talks. And you immediately just want to scribble everything down and put it in the movie.”
When asked if Reitman put any of Aykroyd’s suggestions into the film, he responds, “Oh yeah, particularly the dialogue for his character. When he’s talking to Phoebe on the phone and he starts talking about the fuel isotopes and things like that, this is just stuff that only Dan can come up with.”
Whan asked if there was a debate on including the ghostly visage of Harold Ramis, Reitman is hesitant to respond. “I’m not really going to talk about that yet. I understand the urge to talk about it. I’m not sure I even feel comfortable talking about that yet. I will say that I knew what the ending of the movie was very early. I knew it was going to be very hard to pull off. And I knew that the success of the film depended on one moment that was going to have to depend on technology that was on the bleeding edge. And frankly, it took us the entire length of the making of the movie to accomplish. And I didn’t know whether it was going to be a success until the very end of the process.”
Speaking of the end-credits scenes with Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, he admits that Murray’s improv stole the show. “We had a script for that scene. Apparently the script was unnecessary. [Laughs] … That took half a day. Bill came into the movie with his own ideas, and they were brilliant. And I had grown up hearing the stories of Bill improvising, watching him do it live on-set. It was a thrill to watch him in real-time deliver dialogue that was far superior to anything I could’ve come up with in the couple of years of writing this movie. His brain crackles in a different way, and his voice is authentically his and has been so since we first met him. So to hear Venkman come to life in his voice again thrilled the crew, thrilled me, thrilled my Dad, and it made me want to get to editing a quickly as possible.”
And the answer to the question to all the viewers who adored the film, might there be more films to follow featuring the new Ghostbusters family? “Oh my God, I’d love to. I think Finn and Mckenna are already two of the bright stars of their generation, and I think Logan [Kim] and Celeste [O’Connor] will soon join them. They have so much talent, they love these characters, they love Ghostbusters, and they love each other. And that’s kind of obvious, you can tell when actors really dig each other. You’re watching a movie and you go, ‘I think they get along.’ And you can tell with this group that they’re really tight. I would love to watch them continue ghostbusting.”
Who’s going again this weekend? Ghostbusters: Afterlife is in theaters now. This news comes from Den of Geeks.
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