Dan Aykroyd and Company have been working on a third Ghostbusters movie on and off for the past 15 years, but in an interview today with Collider, Ivan Reitman, director and producer of the original two movies and a producer on the third one, referred to the new Ghosbusters specifically as a remake and not a sequel:
“I think Ghostbusters probably should be remade, if we can get it all right. We’re working on it, so we’ll see.”
Maybe this is just Reitman misspeaking, as everything we’ve heard about the movie up until now indicates that it’ll be a sequel (albeit with the old Ghostbusters passing the torch to a new generation of paranormal exterminators). Reitman did refer to the movie pretty clearly as a remake in that quote, so we’ll see. The most dangerous thing about the new Ghostbusters has always been that it’ll be completely unlike the original movies, but with Bill Murray not interested in reprising his role for the new one, it wouldn’t be surprising if the producers opted for a straight-up remake instead of returning to the same characters (minus the best, funniest one) for a sequel twenty years later. Either way, remake or sequel, we should probably all make like Bill Murray and try to get as far away from this movie as possible.