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Ghostbusters (2020 Movie) is an upcoming movie directed and co-written by Jason Reitman that takes place in the present day of the original movie continuity.

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  • Columbia Pictures


Script Writers:
Jason Reitman
Gil Kenan

Jason Reitman

Ivan Reitman
Jason Reitman


All Characters are listed as they first appear in the film

Main Characters

Minor Characters






Plot Synopsis

Known Movie Scripts

  • Title Unknown - Year Unknown (Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan collaboration)


On April 28, 2016, it was reported in the EMPIRE June 2016 issue, Ivan Reitman commented there was another yet-to-be announced live-action film which is "coming along really well."[2]

On July 14, 2016, Ivan Reitman confirmed the movie is in the middle of being written and will probably have both men and women on the team.[3]

On July 20, 2017, during the Ghostbusters 101 panel, Ivan Reitman reaffirmed there is a new live action film also in the works.[4]

On November 13, 2018, during an interview on The Big Interview with Dan Rather, Dan Aykroyd mentioned a new movie was currently being written that would reunite himself, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson and it involved Murray portraying a ghost. He hinted a filmmaker duo is writing the draft and the goal is to take the emotion and spirit of the first two movies and modernize it for the 21st century audiences. He estimated it could happen in the next few years.[5][6][7][8]

On January 15, 2019, it was reported that Jason Reitman will direct, co-write, and co-produce a new movie that takes place in the original movie continuity but set in present day. Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan. Ivan Reitman will be a producer. Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan pitched the story to Ivan Reitman. Sony Pictures set the movie to release Summer 2020 and plans to start principal photography in a few months.[9] The movie went by the codename "Rust City."[10] Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures is producing. Filming is reported to start summer 2019 and Reitman is already testing four teenage actors for four roles.[11] It was added the four leads would be two boys and two girls.[12]

On January 16, 2019, the Teaser Trailer was released through Entertainment Weekly. [13] A casting call for two roles was posted under "RUST CITY (Actor Access Release of 2 Roles)" with John Papsidera listed as the casting director but no start date was listed.[14]

On January 17, 2019, it was reported two of the new leads would be a 13 year old boy and a 12 year old girl. The boy is "passionate about fantasy and conspiracy theories," approaches every situation with "unbridled excitement for the unknown" and will "narrate life in real time, adding "descriptive color" to the people he meets." The girl is an "insanely smart kid," has a hard time with "interpreting and expressing emotions and speaks with a flat delivery that make her observations humorous", wants to connect with others, struggles with interpreting how her family and friends feel, has difficulty sharing her own feelings, and her science acumen is said to prove invaluable. The plot centers on a family who moves back home to a small town where they begin to learn more about who they are and the secrets of the town itself.[15]

On January 25, 2019, Exhibitor Relations and Variety reported Sony set a release date of July 10, 2020.[16][17]

On January 26, 2019, Jason Reitman confirmed the release date for the film is July 10, 2020.[18] Audition videos for 12 year old actress Sarah Abbott and a transcript surfaced.[19]

On February 2, 2019, Francois Audouy, a production designer, posted a photo of Ecto-1 and revealed he was working on something related to the Ghostbusters 2020 movie on Monday.[20] Audouy's bio on instagram indicated the movie was his next project.

On February 14, 2019, two more charater breakdowns were reported, an "UNNAMED (LEAD BOY 2) To play 12 years old. Slender, pale, dark hair, piercing blue eyes, aquiline features, high cheekbones, withdrawn. He's prodigious - bright, witty, stubborn, and remains playful in spite of hardship. He is also a brilliantly quick thinker under pressure, is at ease with technology, and has a high facility for problem-solving" and "UNNAMED (LEAD GIRL 2): To play 13 years old. Fun-loving, a bit of an airhead. Always curious, haunted, charmed, dazed."[21]

On February 18, 2019, Jason Reitman revealed he wrote the script in secret with Gil Kenan over 2018 while they finished production of "The Front Runner" then turned it in in December 2018. Reitman was prepared to take time off from filmmaking in 2019 to do rewrites of it. However, Sony approved the first draft and greenlit the movie. He emphasized he wants to make a movie "for his fellow Ghostbusters fans" and is "a 100% love letter" to them.[22][23]

On February 22, 2019, it was reported Jason Reitman would be meeting with young actors this weekend to play the four teen protagonists and was looking for two pairs of a brother-sister combo in the 12 and 17-year range.[24]

On March 1, 2019, it was reported Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon are in talks to star in the movie and the story will focus on a single mom and her family, with Coon playing the mom and Wolfhard playing her son.[25] Jason Reitman quoted a tweet about the report and the added detail the family has mysterious ties to the 1984 movie.[26]

On March 9, 2019, it was reported Eric Steelberg joined as the cinematographer.[27]

On March 12, 2019, it was reported Jenna Ortega is "high on the list" of actresses set to join the cast. Ortega is said to be in the running for "TEEN GIRL (Female/17/Lead) – Works at a local American Graffiti style carhop on roller skates. She’s cool and quick witted. She meets TEEN BOY and begins a flirtation that turns into a real friendship." Finn Wolfhard's role would be "TEEN BOY (Male/15/Lead) – He is fifteen, but tells people he's seventeen. He's passionate about auto-mechanics. he's often trying to help his little sister (GIRL) navigate the world as she struggles with traditional friendships. His family moves to town and he's immediately smitten with TEEN GIRL." The previously reported 12 year old girl role would be the Teen Boy's sister.[28] It was also reported that Tom Reta is the supervising art director and Sheena Duggal is the visual effects supervisor.[29]

On March 22, 2019, it was reported that a Cadillac collector sold his 1959 Futura to Sony for filming. He posted a picture of dropping the car off, next to an Ecto-1a and explained it will be redone for close up scenes, the 1961 will be cut in half for interior shots, and his 1959 will be a driving/stunt car.[30]

On March 29, 2019, Mckenna Grace was announced to star in the movie.[31] Jason Reitman confirmed Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, and Finn Wolfhard will portray the new family.[32]

On April 3, 2019, Finn Wolfhard was reached for comments during CinemaCon and he revealed he had no idea the movie he was auditioning for was a Ghostbusters one.[33][34]

On April 5, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo of a shelf with Cadillac hearse parts.[35]

On April 18, 2019, it was reported Danny Glicker joined the crew as the costume designer.[36]

On May 10, 2019, it was reported Arjen Tuiten joined the make-up department.[37]

On May 17, 2019, during a Q&A, Dan Aykroyd was asked if the movie dealt with the original characters' children or grandchildren. Aykroyd quickly answered, "Yeah, that's right. That's right."[38][39] Aykroyd also mentioned a new draft of the script was almost done.[40]



On January 18, 2019, Jason Reitman revealed Gareth Smith, a graphic designer and frequent collaborator, built a stencil from the original Ghostbusters lettering in the Columbia Pictures archive, then shot it practically with smoke and light.[41] Jason Robbins posted two behind the scenes clips from the filming of the teaser.[42]

On January 30, 2019, Kevin Smith mentioned when he recorded episode 409 of SModcast with Jason Reitman, that was posted back on December 12, 2018, Reitman filmed the Ghostbusters teaser the next day.[43]

On February 18, 2019, Jason Reitman confirmed they are in every way trying to go back to the original techniques used. For the teaser, they went back to and used the work files for the Proton Pack and the stems for Elmer Bernstein's score. The original physical vinyl letters used to make the poster in 1984 were rescanned, reprinted, and then the physical titles were filmed with a light and smoke effect.[44]

On April 17, 2019, Eric Steelberg was location scouting in Calgary with Jason Reitman.[45]

On April 29, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo parked outside a farm or ranch gate in Calgary.[46]

Principal Photography

On January 15, 2019, it was mentioned there are plans to start principal photography in a few months.[47] Filming is reported to start summer 2019.[48]

On February 12, 2019, a start date of May 13, 2019 was reported.[49]

On February 20, 2019, it was reported production was planning to shoot for 15 weeks on location in Calgary, Alberta beginning on-or-about June 25th.[50]

On March 24, 2019, it was reported filming in Calgary is set to finish on October 11.[51]

On April 17, 2019, Production Weekly's listing was updated, changing the start date of filming to July 14.[citation needed] July 12 was also reported as the new start date.[52]

On April 26, 2019, a Production Weekly listing was posted, revealing a film date of July 14 in Calgary involving Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, and Sigourney Weaver.[53]

Post Production



On January 16, 2019, the Teaser Trailer was released through Entertainment Weekly. [54]


On April 11, 2019, a promotional poster with the tagline "You Know Who to Call." was among licensing art for Sony Pictures' slate of upcoming movies.[55]


Foreign Markets


On May 17, 2019, Dan Aykroyd hinted the budget would be way under $100 million and hinted it would be between $30 and 50 million.[56]



Home Entertainment Releases

Television Broadcast

See Also



  1. Variety "Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel Set for July 2020" 1/25/19
  2. Semlyen, Nick (2016). Empire Magazine Issue 324 June 2016, p. 59. Bauer Media Group, Harborough, Leicester, United Kingdom, ISBN 0195145045. Line reads: "There's another, yet-to-be-announced live-action film, which is "coming along really well."."
  3. Vulture "Ivan Reitman on Bill Murray, Internet Trolls, and Why He Fought for the Ghostbusters Reboot" 7/14/16 Ivan Reitman says: "And we're in the middle of doing that right now...Probably both. They're being written."
  4. Mundane Matt YouTube "Ivan Reitman talks about GHOSTBUSTERS future at #SDCC" 11:17-11:22 7/21/17 Ivan Reitman says: "And of course, a new live action film that sort of um helps this..."
  5. Recording of 11/13/18 The Big Interview with Dan Rather via Yes Have Some Podcast 00:52-00:59 11/14/18 Dan Aykroyd says: "But yes, to answer your question, there's a possibility of a reunion with, uh, the three remaining Ghostbusters."
  6. Recording of 11/13/18 The Big Interview with Dan Rather via Yes Have Some Podcast 01:14-01:38 11/14/18 Dan Aykroyd says: "I think we got a story that's gonna work and it's being written now by a really, really good filmmaker - I can't say, uh, their names but he -- they're a good team and they're making an effort to, um, bring back all the emotion and spirit of the first two movies and then take it into the 21st century with the vernacular that's needed today to get across to the audiences."
  7. Recording of 11/13/18 The Big Interview with Dan Rather via Yes Have Some Podcast 02:28-02:42 11/14/18 Dan Aykroyd says: "We may in the next couple years be able to do a full reunion with, uh, again taken to the 21st century because there's a whole new vernacular, there's a whole new essence of communication with audiences we're gonna have to hit."
  8. Recording of 11/13/18 The Big Interview with Dan Rather via Yes Have Some Podcast 02:48-02:53 11/14/18 Dan Aykroyd says: "I think Billy will come. The story's so good and he'll come even if he's playing a ghost, I don't know."
  9. EW "Ghostbusters resurrected: Jason Reitman will direct a new film set in the original universe" 1/15/19
  10. Borys_Kit Tweet #1 1/15/19
  11. Variety "Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie" 1/15/19
  12. Borys_Kit Tweet #2 1/15/19
  13. Entertainment Weekly "Watch the first teaser for Jason Reitman's secret Ghostbusters movie" 1/16/19
  14. Actors Access projects page 1/16/19
  15. We Got This Covered "First Character And Plot Details Revealed For Ghostbusters 3" 1/17/19
  16. ComicBook "Ghostbusters 3 Receives Release Date" 1/26/19
  17. Variety "Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel Set for July 2020" 1/25/19
  18. Jason Reitman Twitter 1/26/19
  19. HN Entertainment "EXCLUSIVE: ‘Black Mirror’ Actress Auditioning For Lead Role In Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie" 1/26/19
  20. Francois Audouy instagram 2/2/19
  21. HN Entertainment "EXCLUSIVE: Two More Character Breakdowns For Jason Reitman's 'Ghostbusters' Movie" 2/14/19
  22. Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast 2/18/19, 1:02:32-1:03:04 Jason Reitman says: "Honestly, the crazy thing is we have no time. I--we--so I wrote the film in secret with my writing partner Gil Kenan. We wrote it over the last year while we were finishing up "(The) Front Runner". And we turned it in in December. And I have to admit my presumption was it was going to be any other studio film I heard about where there's years of rewrites and they grind it into the ground and it never happens. I was kind of fully prepared for this year to be a little taking time off and doing rewrites on Ghostbusters and instead the studio read the first draft and said 'Yeah, go make it'."
  23. Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast 2/18/19, 1:10:52-1:11:10 Jason Reitman says: "This is going to be a love letter to Ghostbusters. I, um, I love this franchise. I grew up watching it. I consider myself the first Ghostbusters fan. I was like 7 years old when that movie came out and, uh, love it and I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans. So it's a 100% love letter."
  24. The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision Newsletter 2/22/19 Line reads: "Here you go: We're hearing that director Jason Reitman is meeting with young actors this Oscar weekend to play the four teen protagonists in his reboot. He's looking for two pairs of a brother-sister combo in the 12 and 17-year range, so expect some casting news sooner rather than later for the summer 2020 film."
  25. Variety "Ghostbusters: 'Stranger Things' Actor Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon Eyed to Star (EXCLUSIVE) 3/1/19
  26. JasonReitman Tweet 3/1/19
  27. Geeks Worldwide "Ghostbusters Adds Cinematographer Eric Steelberg (Up in the Air, A Quiet Place)" 3/9/19
  28. The Hashtag Show "EXCLUSIVE: Jenna Ortega Rumored To Join Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’; Lead Character Breakdowns Revealed" 3/12/19
  29. The Geeks World Wide "Ghostbusters May Have Jenna Ortega as the Frontrunner for a Lead Role" 3/12/19
  30. Proton Charging Facebook 3/22/19
  31. The Hollywood Reporter "Captain Marvel Actress Mckenna Grace Nabs Starring Role in Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters" 3/29/19
  32. JasonReitman Tweet 3/29/19
  33. MTV News Tweet 4/3/19 Finn Wolfhard quote reads: "It's all secret. It's like completely, ya know — I didn't even know what I was auditioning for when I auditioned for it."
  34. Bloody Disgusting "Finn Wolfhard Had No Idea He Was Auditioning for Ghostbusters" 4/3/19
  35. Jason Reitman instagram 4/5/19
  36. HN Entertainment "Jason Reitman's 'Ghostbusters' Adds 'Bad Times At The El Royale' Costume Designer Danny Glicker" 4/18/19
  37. Proton Charging Tweet 5/10/19
  38. Toronto Sun YouTube "GHOSTBUSTERS BLOCKBUSTER: Dan Aykroyd gives us an update on the next chapter" 1:07-1:08 5/17/19 Reporter says: "It will be the children or grandchildren?"
  39. Toronto Sun YouTube "GHOSTBUSTERS BLOCKBUSTER: Dan Aykroyd gives us an update on the next chapter" 1:09-1:11 5/17/19 Dan Aykroyd says: "Yeah, that's right. That's right."
  40. Global News/ET Canada "Dan Aykroyd In Toronto" 1:05-1:07 5/17/19 Dan Aykroyd says: "There'll be another draft coming soon."
  41. Jason Reitman instagram 1/18/19
  42. Jason Robbins instagram 1/18/19
  43. Fatman Beyond Ep. 242 "Justice League: Into the Snyder-Verse" 1:06:13-1:06:22, 1:07-50-1:07:59 1/29/19Kevin Smith says: "Jason Reitman was over the house and did an episode of SModcast a couple weeks back and before we did the show we were sitting around talking, because Jason had a bit of a rough year...And he was leaving the next day to shoot that teaser. Like we finished the podcast, he went to sleep, he woke up then went to shoot that teaser."
  44. Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast 2/18/19, 1:11:12-1:11:56 Jason Reitman says: "Like we just did this teaser for it that we launched when we announced it. And even in that we went back to the work files for the sound of the Proton Pack and we went back to the stems of Elmer Bernstein's score. Uh, for just for when it says at the end of the teaser, it's says like Summer 2020. We went back and found the original physical vinyl letters they used to make the Ghostbusters poster in 1984, rescanned them, then, uh, our titles guys reprinted them and we filmed the titles, not like in a computer, we shot physical titles with light and smoke effect because that's how they would have done it back in the say so we are in every way trying to go back to the original technique and make a -- hand the movie back to the fans."
  45. Eric Steelberg instagram 4/17/19
  46. Jason Reitman instagram 4/29/19
  47. EW "Ghostbusters resurrected: Jason Reitman will direct a new film set in the original universe" 1/15/19
  48. Variety "Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie" 1/15/19
  49. Screen Rant "Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters 3 Reportedly Eying May Filming Start" 2/12/19]
  50. Production Weekly instagram 2/20/19
  51. HN Entertainment "UPDATE: 'Ghostbusters' Expected To Wrap On October 11th and Calgary Shoot Confirmed" 3/24/19
  52. DiscussingFilm Tweet 4/17/19
  53. Michigan Ghostbusters Facebook post 4/26/19
  54. Entertainment Weekly "Watch the first teaser for Jason Reitman's secret Ghostbusters movie" 1/16/19
  55. Collider "Jason Reitman's 'Ghostbusters Promo Poster Says "You Know Who to Call"." 4/11/19
  56. CTV News "Aykroyd eyes making 'Ghostbusters' prequel - for 'as little as we can spend'" 5/17/19 Dan Aykroyd says: "It's definitely going to be way under $100 (million). I would think. Movies cost a lot today. It can't be $30 (million), $50 (million) would be stretching it. I don't know. Listen, it's going to be as little as we can spend."










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