Jason Reitman, the director who continues the family legacy: “Ghostbusters’ has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember”

The filmmaker follows in the footsteps of his father, who was placed behind the scenes in the iconic two installments of ‘Ghostbusters’ in the’ 80s. We spoke with the director and cast of this new film that seeks to continue the franchise.

“I was six years old on the set of filming Ghostbusters. He could see the Marshmallow Man fall from the sky. I got to see the original guys in their costumes. I had a very fascinating childhood and Ghostbusters It’s been a part of my life for literally as long as I can remember“. Those words can only be said by someone who has been involved in all the nooks and crannies of the world. Ghostbusters. And they make all the sense when it is Jason Reitman who pronounces them. The director is the son of Ivan Reitman, the man who was placed behind the scenes in the iconic films The Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II in the 80s. Now, the last name is linked to the franchise again.

As Reitman continues to count SensaCine:

I was very intimidated by the idea of ​​making my own ‘Ghostbusters’ movie. I never thought it was something I had to do. But it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made as a storyteller.

The director wanted to continue the family legacy by bringing the new film in the saga to the big screen. Ghostbusters: Beyond opens this Friday in theaters. Also co-written by Reitman and set in the present, the film follows a single mother and her two children, who move to a farm inherited from their grandfather. As they discover the secrets of their new home, they also realize that they connect with the mythical Ghostbusters, those who played Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

As you can see, family and origins are not only present in the film’s history, but also behind the cameras. “It’s a family movie. It’s also a family business […] Written and directed by Jason Reitman and Ivan [Reitman] and Dan [Aykroyd] they have produced it “, says Finn Wolfhard, who is in charge of giving life to Trevor. “It’s also about letting go. Letting go of people you really love. I think that’s very important. And that brings a tenderness and sweetness into Ghostbusters that we had not seen before and that I think people will appreciate “adds the actor.

Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace y Logan Kim como Trevor, Phoebe y Podcast.

Mckenna Grace, meanwhile, gets into the skin of Phoebe, Trevor’s sister, a rare ‘nerdy’ girl who proves her worth and intelligence as the story unfolds. “She’s a scientist, you know? It’s so cool to be able to watch. I’m glad we have… All the leads in our movie are so cool. So… it’s exciting.”, recalca Grace.

While Wolfhard and Grace weren’t born when the movies of Ghostbusters They were released, Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon do have that memory in their childhood.

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Rudd’s life to Mr. Grooberson, a professor who investigates some strange events that occurred in the small town where the film takes place. “It was a great movie for me as a kid. I was the perfect age to see it when it came out. I saw it, all my friends saw it, everyone my age saw it. Was big. We had never experienced a funny movie that was also a little scary and that had as its protagonists the funniest people on the planet“, explains the interpreter.

Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon as Mr. Grooberson and Callie.

As the actor continues:

We hadn’t seen anything like that up to that point. Clearly, the fans of that movie are all over the world. Everybody knows her. It has stood the test of time. There is something special about it, it is like capturing lightning inside a bottle. I’ve always grown up loving that movie, loving those characters … Being involved in that now, even in an ornamental way, it’s kind of overwhelming.

Coon, meanwhile, is in charge of interpreting Callie, Trevor and Phoebe’s mother. “I was three years old when the film was released, so there is no time in my life when I was not aware that they existed.”, remember. “I couldn’t even imagine, when I was that little girl, that I’d be sitting here talking about a new movie by Ghostbusters. Especially because of the type of career I’ve had. You know, I’m known for my dramas and I don’t usually get invited to the comedy party. ”

Do you believe in ghosts?

Besides Trevor and Phoebe, Ghostbusters: Beyond it also features two other young characters. On the one hand, Podcast, “a great believer in all things supernatural” who, as his actor Logan Kim recounts, “gets excited when he hears all the creepy news” about ghosts. “I personally believe in ghosts. Yes. And I’ve had some strange experiences. For example, my shower curtain rumbled for no reason and I still can’t explain that to this day.”, recognize.

Who also believes in them is Celeste O’Connor, the actress who gets into the shoes of Lucky. “I believe in ghosts. I think they exist, but I haven’t seen any. But they have to be there.”, it states. This is how O’Connor describes his character in the film: “Lucky is pretty quiet. She’s the kind of girl to get down to business. He says, ‘Okay. That is a ghost. So let’s find out what to do. ‘ I think I would be much more scared and of less help, but she does have things under control. “

Mckenna Grace and Jason Reitman in a behind-the-scenes picture of the film.

Whether you were born in the 80s or later, what is clear is that it is almost impossible to find someone you have never heard of Ghostbusters. Why is it still so relevant today? “That’s a good question”Reitman replies.Ghostbusters occupies a part of all our hearts […] I have to think that we have this relationship with the unknown. We have this relationship with ghosts no matter where you come from. And at the same time, watching a really scary movie, with very smart people at its core, who have a great sense of humor about what they’re doing, is good entertainment. “.

On these lines, do not miss our video interview with the cast and director of Ghostbusters: Beyond. Check out the trailer for the film below.

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