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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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."
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.
On July 20, 2017, during the Ghostbusters 101 panel, Ivan Reitman reaffirmed there is a new live action film also in the works.
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.
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. The movie went by the codename "Rust City." 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. It was added the four leads would be two boys and two girls.
On January 16, 2019, the Teaser Trailer was released through Entertainment Weekly.  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.
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.
On January 25, 2019, Exhibitor Relations and Variety reported Sony set a release date of July 10, 2020.
On January 26, 2019, Jason Reitman confirmed the release date for the film is July 10, 2020. Audition videos for 12 year old actress Sarah Abbott and a transcript surfaced.
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. 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."
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.
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.
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. Jason Reitman quoted a tweet about the report and the added detail the family has mysterious ties to the 1984 movie.
On March 9, 2019, it was reported Eric Steelberg joined as the cinematographer.
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. It was also reported that Tom Reta is the supervising art director and Sheena Duggal is the visual effects supervisor.
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.
On March 29, 2019, Mckenna Grace was announced to star in the movie. Jason Reitman confirmed Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, and Finn Wolfhard will portray the new family.
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.
On April 5, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo of a shelf with Cadillac hearse parts.
On April 18, 2019, it was reported Danny Glicker joined the crew as the costume designer.
On May 10, 2019, it was reported Arjen Tuiten joined the make-up department.
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." Aykroyd also mentioned a new draft of the script was almost done.
On May 30, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo of the Medrad Mark IV Angiographic Injector Injection System from Weaver Hall in the first movie.
On June 7, 2019, in an interview, Sigourney Weaver confirmed she would be reprising her role supposedly reuniting with Murray and Aykroyd.
On June 8, 2019, it was confirmed that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver have all read the current script. Jason Reitman commented he wants to "recreate the feeling of '80s movies" that could be both scary and funny. It was revealed the family in the story doesn't know about their connection to the Ghostbusters and the story takes place in a new location. Reitman also told an anecdote about the genesis of the story. The character, reported in the past as a 12 year old girl, popped into his head wearing a Proton Pack and the story formed in his head for many years, later into a family. He then reached out to Gil Kenan and they started writing the movie. Ivan and Jason Reitman showed audiences newly unearthed dailies from the first movie that is somehow also part of the work being done on the new movie.
On June 12, 2019, while appearing on the KTLA 5 morning news, Annie Potts was asked if she was involved in the movie and she responded, "I think I will."
On June 17, 2019, it was reported art director Bill Ives and 2nd unit director Brian Smrz joined the crew.
On June 21, 2019, Mckenna Grace commented on her casting and revealed she learned of it during a Skype session with Jason Reitman.
On June 26, 2019, a casting call for a 70 to 90-year-old actress, preferably with roller skating experience, to play "Roller Granny," an "old woman who works at a carhop. She's dry and funny in a way that makes her seem ambivalent to the customers." was posted.
On June 27, 2019, it was reported Paul Rudd was in final negotiations to join the cast in the role of a teacher. A video with Rudd was posted to confirm the casting and it was mentioned he films in the fall.
On June 29, 2019, it was reported stunt coordinator Guy Bewes joined the crew.
On July 8, 2019, it was announced Celeste O'Connor and Logan Kim signed onto the cast.
On July 12, 2019, it was reported set decorator Pat Healy, location scout Jason Nolan, and production coordinator Darin Wilson joined the crew. Jason Reitman posted a close up photo of a tire on a Cadillac hearse.
On August 6, 2019, Ernie Hudson, during a Q&A in Mexico City, revealed negotiations for him to appear in the movie have finished but things still haven't been necessarily signed yet.
On August 14, 2019, it was reported Bokeem Woodbine joined the cast and will play a character named Sheriff Domingo.
On August 27, 2019, Ernie Hudson confirmed he is in the cast.
On September 12, 2019, Dan Aykroyd confirmed he will be part of the cast.
On September 13, 2019, during the Halloween Horror Nights red carpet at Universal Studios Hollywood, Dan Aykroyd commented the movie "feeds beautifully into the first two stories and hands it off to the next generation" and Ivan Reitman revealed Paul Rudd's character is a seismologist who goes to a small town experiencing mysterious earthquakes and teaches summer school there.
On September 14, 2019, during Friday's Halloween Horror Night's red carpet, Aykroyd also mentioned the movie's new generation involves actual descendants of the original Ghostbusters and the story links "to the DNA, old and new there."
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. Jason Robbins posted two behind the scenes clips from the filming of the teaser.
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.
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.
On April 17, 2019, Eric Steelberg was location scouting in Calgary with Jason Reitman.
On April 29, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo parked outside a farm or ranch gate in Calgary.
On May 23, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo of Francois Audouy's boots amid scouting.
On July 12, 2019, Finn Wolfhard was interviewed on the set of the movie and he appears to have started filming already. Jason Reitman posted the first photo from set with Ivan Reitman, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace posing in front of 801 18 Ave SW.
On July 13, 2019, Logan Kim posted a photo from the set of himself with Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Celeste O'Connor.
On January 15, 2019, it was mentioned there are plans to start principal photography in a few months. Filming is reported to start summer 2019.
On February 12, 2019, a start date of May 13, 2019 was reported.
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.
On March 24, 2019, it was reported filming in Calgary is set to finish on October 11.
On April 17, 2019, Production Weekly's listing was updated, changing the start date of filming to July 14. July 12 was also reported as the new start date.
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.
On June 4, 2019, it was reported that filming in Calgary would take place from July 14 to October 7.
On June 13, 2019, a Production Weekly listing was posted, revealing a film date of July 15 in Calgary involving Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd.
On July 4, 2019, it was announced "Rust City" would be filming the town of Crossfield from July 26 to August 24.
On July 15, 2019, principal photography began. Film crews set up near the Red Cross Building along 13th Avenue Southwest in the Beltline region of Calgary. Jason Reitman was seen on 13th Ave. Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon were seen filming a scene.
On July 16, 2019, it was reported production vehicles started setting up in Turner Valley at the old Turner Valley Gas Plant. Filming would take place sometime in the week. Production trailers and crew parking were set up at Riverside Park along Decalta Road.
On July 22, 2019, it was reported filming would take place in Fort Macleod from August 8 to August 13.
On July 26, 2019, it was specified during a town meeting that filming in Fort Macleod would be between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm on August 8th and 9th, between 6:30 am to 6:30pm on August 10th, and from Sunday to Tuesday, between 2:00 pm and 3:00 am. Maps of areas where filming will take place were also revealed.
On July 30, 2019, Paul Rudd was spotted at W.G. Murdoch School. Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Bill Murray were sighted, too. A production schedule for Crossfield was later posted. On July 26, filming was done inside the Wills Place Cafe looking out to the street then inside the Howes Bros Hardware Store. On July 29 and 30, filming was done at the W.G. Murdoch School. On July 30, filming moved to the Enjoy Garden Chinese Restaurant. On July 31, filming was done at Murdoch and Enjoy again. Filming is scheduled for Murdoch School again on August 1 then interior filming at 1112 Railway Street on August 2, 6, and 7. Filming at Crossfield Automotive was also scheduled for August 7. There was also exterior filming where the street and gravel parking lots off of Railway Street are in the background which involves a character driving a vehicle down Railway.
On July 31, 2019, Ivan and Jason Reitman were seen at the W.G. Murdoch set.
On August 1, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo of Rodrigo and the clapboard, Roll A 43, Scene 64C, and Take 6, which also indicated the use of a 35-80mm lens and the scene, involving a VFX shot, was to be filmed at 48 fps. Photographs from the W.G. Murdoch set were posted, including one of Crossfield Fire Department firefighters with Captain Joe Holstein, a sheriff's vehicle for a Summerville County, a diner, an auto repair shop, older model vehicles with Oklahoma plates, a Summerville Middle School school bus, and two shots of Murdoch's exterior.
On August 2, 2019, more info on filming in Fort Macleod was revealed. Filming is tentatively set for August 8 to August 18. The location appealed to the filmmakers for its timelessness, especially the main street. Macleod will represent "a nondescript town in Oklahoma." None of the stars are scheduled to work there. The scene filmed will basically be a driving scene, and it will have stunt people and stunt drivers. The scene will only be in the film for a few minute. The production will use about 100 to 120 crew. Filming will shut down portions of 2 Avenue and 24 Street. Dan Aykroyd was seen on a Calgary set. A Stay Puft Marshmallows ad was sighted at a set.
On August 3, 2019, a photo of the Summerville County Sheriff Department exterior was posted.
On August 5, 2019, 8 stills from the Crossfield set were posted of the Ecto-1, W.G. Murdoch school, and a Chinese restaurant exterior.
On August 7, 2019, film location manager Laszlo Uhrik was quoted explaining the filming at Fort Macleod would be a single action scene which will be three to four minutes of the movie at most. It will take four or five days to film this scene. The scene was described as, "A car comes up to an intersection, stops, screeches around the corner and then zooms down main street" and "There's a couple of kids in the car chasing an imaginary character that we never see, but they don't quite have a handle on the car because they are still young kids...They have the pedal to the metal and the car is banging off of light posts and jumping the curb." Special and visual effects will be involved in the scene shot. Filming will be in two locations in Fort Macleod, at 2nd Avenue between the highways and 24th Street.
On August 9, 2019, photos from the Fort Macleod shoot were posted. Photos of Ecto-1 were also posted. Video was taken of Ecto-1 being driven. Eric Steelberg posted a photo of a Panavision camera.
On August 10, 2019, an Ecto-1 driving scene at the Fort Macleod shoot was posted and it involved an explosion and crash. A Proton Pack was in the backseat of Ecto-1, slime was put on a bench and stop sign, and it's rumored Sigourney Weaver will be arriving on the set in the coming week. Two more photos and a video was posted from the Ecto-1 filming which appeared to involve Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard in flightsuits.
On August 12, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo of a slimed stop sign.
On August 13, 2019, it was reporting filming was also being done in the Village of Beiseker.
On August 16, 2019, it was reported there would be filming at 24th Street and Highway 3 in Fort Macleod this weekend through Sunday evening.
On August 17, 2019, photos of the Ecto-1 were posted. There are two on the set. A video of the stunt Ecto-1 was posted. A photo of crew setting up with a stunt double by Ecto-1 was posted.
On August 18, 2019, photos of false facade for the Summerville post office and vehicles for the Sheriff Department and a mining company were posted.
On August 19, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo of Mckenna Grace waiting for a screen and lighting rig to be set up for a shot.
On August 20, 2019, a derelict house and a barn built on farmland was spotted in Alberta. The entrance to the lot was marked with hand written signs about the dead rising and the end of the world.
On August 21, 2019, another photo of the farmland set was posted. Eric Steelberg posted a photo of a crash cam.
On August 22, 2019, a set piece for Summerville Middle School was found.
On August 23, 2019, the farmland set was found "15 minutes south of Calgary" and more photos were posted. While driving through Dorothy on their way to Medicine Hat, onlookers saw an Ecto-1 scene being filmed. Ecto-1 was also seen driving down a highway with a drone flying above holding a camera. A retro drive-in was also found built in Beiseker.
On August 24, 2019, the two Ecto-1 cars were seen filming again in Dorothy. The Summerville post office was clarified to be in Drumheller. A giant Greetings From Oklahoma sign was also found.
On August 25, 2019, photos of the two Ecto-1 cars were posted. More photos of the farmland set was posted.
On August 26, 2019, photos of Ecto-1 driving scenes and the Summerville set dressing in Drumheller was posted. It was also rumored the house and barn might belong to Peter or Ray.
On August 27, 2019, in Beiseker, there were 3 buildings dressed for Summerville and the Spinners Roller Hop but it appearing filming was done since no crew members were present.
On August 28, 2019, more photos of Ecto-1 driving scenes and the Summerville set in Drumheller was posted.
On August 30, 2019, it was reported sets were being dismantled by the crew. It was also reported the sets in Beiseker were being torn down the other day, including the Spinners Roller Hop.
On September 4, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a camera plot.
On September 6, 2019, it was reported there will be a one day re-shoot in Fort Macleod on September 7 with a "very minimal crew" taking shots of vehicles that were part of the original action scene that was filmed. It will take place along 24th Street and 2nd Ave from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
On September 7, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a glimpse of Ecto-1 and noted he saw it as he left the set the night before.
On September 10, 2019, Jason Reitman posted a photo of mud trails.
On September 11, 2019, Nathan Orloff did some work at Sony Pictures Studios.
On January 16, 2019, the Teaser Trailer was released through Entertainment Weekly. 
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.
On June 6, 2019, the movie was promoted at Licensing Expo 2019 with "Summer 2020" and a display of a dilapidated Ecto-1.
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.
↑Cameo "For Mike" 00:42-00:53 8/27/19Ernie Hudson says: "We're shooting the new Ghostbusters right now coming out next summer so I'm hoping you'll enjoy it as much as the other movies what we've done and I know that I'm having a blast doing them."
↑ 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."."
↑Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast 2/18/19, 1:02:32-1:03:04Jason 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'."
↑Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast 2/18/19, 1:10:52-1:11:10Jason 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."
↑The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision Newsletter 2/22/19Line 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."
↑Bionic Buzz YouTube "Ghostbusters Directors Panel at Fan Fest on Sony Lot" 29:08-29:55; 30:13-30:24; 30:56-31:03 6/8/19Jason Reitman says: "This character came to me. And she was a 12 year old girl, and I didn't know who she was and why she popped into my head. But I saw her with a Proton Pack in my head and this story started to form, and formed over many years actually. Um, and started with the girl and all of a sudden, it was a family and eventually, I knew this movie that I needed to write and I needed to make and I reached out to my writing partner Gil Kenan, uh, and we sat down and we started writing this movie out. Uh, and we reached out to--we reached out to all the originals, the cast, the crew--the people who made his movie and we formed this small group that gets together, uh, an advisory board of people who worked on the original film to make sure we make the right film...But what I will say is it's a new movie. It's--it's a new movie about a new set of characters. It takes place in a new place, a new location...You don't know their connection and they don't know their connection yet either."
↑Cameo "For Mike" 00:42-00:53 8/27/19Ernie Hudson says: "We're shooting the new Ghostbusters right now coming out next summer so I'm hoping you'll enjoy it as much as the other movies what we've done and I know that I'm having a blast doing them."
↑Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast 2/18/19, 1:11:12-1:11:56Jason 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."