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Jason Reitman says he wanted to make ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ for his daughter and father

Summary List PlacementDirector Jason Reitman ("Juno," "Up in the Air") has been asked one question most of his career as a filmmaker: "When are you going to make a 'Ghostbusters' movie?" Though he's been trying to stay away from putting his take on the movie that made his dad, Ivan Reitman, a comedy icon when he directed the original in 1984, Jason admits recently he's had a change of heart. It led to him making the upcoming "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." "I wanted to make a movie for my father and for my daughter," he told the audience before screening the movie at...

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Director Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”) has been asked one question most of his career as a filmmaker: “When are you going to make a ‘Ghostbusters’ movie?”

Though he’s been trying to stay away from putting his take on the movie that made his dad, Ivan Reitman, a comedy icon when he directed the original in 1984, Jason admits recently he’s had a change of heart. It led to him making the upcoming “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

“I wanted to make a movie for my father and for my daughter,” he told the audience before screening the movie at CinemaCon, the annual movie theater convention, on Monday night in Las Vegas.

While standing on stage alongside his father, he talked about how the “Ghostbusters” franchise — which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson as a group of guys who catch ghosts that are terrorizing New York City — has become so beloved that everyone has ownership of it now.

Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman laughing on stage

It’s hard to continue on when a franchise is so cherished. Just ask director Paul Feig whose 2016 all-female reboot, also titled “Ghostbusters,” was a critical and box office flop.

But Jason Reitman believes with “Afterlife” he has the right path to continue on with the story. From the reaction of the audience on Monday, the first to ever see the movie, he might be right.

Insider was in attendance, and though we won’t give anything away, we can report that there is a heartfelt theme throughout the movie. It’s clear Reitman is looking to not just bond the fans but families with this story.

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is set 30 years after the original movie and follows a single mother (Carrie Coon) and her two kids (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace) as they move to a small Oklahoma town and find their connection to the original Ghostbusters.

The movie opens in theaters on November 11.

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