When news first broke that Jason Reitman will be directing a new sequel to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, not everybody was pleased. Actress Leslie Jones had appeared in the 2016 reboot from director Paul Feig, and was hopeful to see the movie's story continue in a new installment. With Sony choosing to ignore the remake in favor of the originals for Ghostbusters 3, Jones took to Twitter to voice her displeasure, likening it to "something Trump would do."
The comments generated controversy online, with many strongly disagreeing with Leslie Jones. Now, Feig has stepped in by offering his support for Jones in a new post on Twitter.
"An absolute honest to God never ending supply of bullshit and hate from these trolls. Leslie spoke her truth and I support her. I am very open to Jason's new version of GB but am also sad that our 2016 team may not get to bust again. We all are. We're forever proud of our movie."
The Paul Feig directed Ghostbusters managed to gross over $229 million, but was still considered a loss for Sony, who'd invested so much into its budget and marketing costs. Potential for a sequel was reduced drastically following these disappointing numbers for the studio. After going back to the drawing board, it seems the next step for Sony was to hire Jason Reitman to continue the story of the original movies. This may have been due to the success of modern sequels like Halloween combined with complaints from critics about how the 2016 movie chose to ignore the originals.
In Ghostbusters 2016, Jones starred along with Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy as a group of New Yorkers who start their own ghost-hunting business. It was a complete reboot of the story, meaning the originals from director Ivan Reitman no longer existed. Although the movie still featured cameos from some of the original stars, a common complaint with fans was how the story ignored the original movies. Perhaps by 2016, too many people were starting to get burnt out by the never-ending remake trend in Hollywood, and just weren't having it with Ghostbusters.
Reportedly, the upcoming sequel will introduce four teenage recruits to the titular ghost-hunting team, consisting of two boys and two girls. Original actor Ernie Hudson has also teased that "everybody is in" concerning the upcoming movie, suggesting he'll be appearing in it along with co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Looking at the vast excitement already surrounding the movie, it seems there are many who are willing to accept a new group as the main stars. People just largely didn't want to see the story established in the first two movies flushed down the drain. As of now, no cast members have officially been announced.
An early teaser for Ghostbusters 3 confirms it has a targeted release date for Summer 2020. The movie is definitely happening, regardless of how Jones might feel, and how it performs will ultimately prove whether or not this was the right business call for Sony. With production set to begin in the next few months, more information about the new sequel should start coming out soon. You can take a look at Paul Feig's tweet in support of Jones below.