Jason Reitman Draws Backlash for Saying His Ghostbusters Will 'Hand the Movie Back to Fans'

PEOPLE.com | 2/21/2019 | Staff
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Director Jason Reitman is singing praises of the 2016 female-led Ghostbusters reboot after he drew flak for saying his upcoming sequel to the classic film will “hand the movie back to fans.”

Reitman, 41, announced in January that he’s quietly been hard at work on a sequel to the original 1984 Ghostbusters film, which was directed by his father Ivan Reitman.

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He shed light on just how he pulled the project together on a recent episode of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast, and said it was his goal to “go back to the original technique and hand the movie back to fans.”

“I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies,” the Juno director said. “This is gonna be a love letter to Ghostbusters…. I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans.”

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Reitman’s comments quickly drew backlash from those who felt he was suggesting that the 2016 film, directed by Paul Feig and starring Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, was not good enough for fans.

The director clarified his comments on Twitter Wednesday, writing that he thought the film – which billed itself as a reboot and not a sequel – was “amazing.”

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“Wo, that came out wrong! I have nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen and the bravery with which they made Ghostbusters 2016,” he wrote. “They expanded the universe and made an amazing movie!”

Reitman’s clarification found support in Feig, who defended him on Twitter.

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