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Afterlife Director Explains Why Harold Ramis Is the Heart of the Film

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman reveals the inspiration behind the upcoming sequel and the late Harold Ramis’ influence on the film.

Jason and Ivan Reitman, the father-son duo behind the Ghostbusters: Afterlife, revealed the inspiration behind the new film and Harold Ramis’ role in its creation.

“About, I guess now two and a half years ago, three years ago, Jason [Reitman] came and said you know, I think, I’m… I want to talk to you about a Ghostbusters idea that I have,” Ivan Reitman said at a New York Comic Con panel attended by CBR. “I just looked at him, he had just made these wonderful movies like Juno and Up in the Air and Young Adult. And I said, ‘You have a great career going. What do you want to do what your old man did?’ And he told me a story that just knocked me out. And I said, ‘If you think you can do it, you’ve got to go do it.’ And that’s how it all started.”

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“You know, my whole life I was asked, ‘Would you make a Ghostbusters movie?’ And I made the incorrect, egotistical assumption that people want to see my Ghostbusters movie, when the truth is what we all wanted to see was a Ghostbusters movie,” Jason Reitman responded when asked why he wanted to do the movie at all. “We wanted another Ghostbusters movie. We wanted to get back into Ecto-1 again. We wanted to pick up the proton pack again. And that’s where it came from.”

The Ghostbusters: Afterlife director continued, “There was a moment where I just saw this girl in my head, she was 12 years old and she was picking up a proton pack in the middle of a field and I didn’t know who she was. And then I saw this, this teenage guy, and he was in Ecto-1 and he was drifting through wheat fields and I didn’t know who he was. And when Harold Ramis passed away, I suddenly knew who they were. They were the Spenglers, and I knew I needed to tell the story.”

In the same panel, Jason Reitman discussed his hope for a universe of Ghostbusters stories. The audience was treated to a surprise screening of the new film at the end of the panel, which tied into Jason Reitman’s passionate defense of theatrical releases.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens in theaters on Nov. 19.

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Source: New York Comic Con

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