After news of a “Ghostbusters” sequel was released, including a teaser trailer, original star Ernie Hudson is now clarifying comments he made about the original cast returning to their roles.
Filmmaker Jason Reitman — son of original “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman — has agreed to direct the new “Ghostbusters” movie for a Sony Pictures release in the summer of 2020. Entertainment Weekly broke the news.
The following day, OG “Ghostbusters” star Ernie Hudson revealed that he’s ready to hop aboard the anticipated sequel, and that co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd (Harold Ramis, who played bookish Egon Spengler, passed away in 2014) are already “in.”
Now Hudson is clarifying those remarks, telling “The Johnny Dare Morning Show” neither Reitman nor anyone else involved in the production has contacted him.
“I don’t know. Nobody has approached me with a contract,” Hudson stated during an interview on Tuesday. “I think the ‘Ghostbusters’ fans have been wanting [a “passing of the torch”] dynamic to happen, so I know whatever happens is going to be in that tradition… I’m excited about that. I’d be more excited if they called me and offered me a job, but no matter what happens the fact that they’re doing it is really cool.”
“I’ve always thought of myself as the first ‘Ghostbusters’ fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Reitman told EW. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.
“This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present. We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”
In the short teaser for the film, the camera approaches a big shed at night in which flashes of light go off inside; then the wind blows up a tarp to reveal the Ghostbusters hearse underneath.
Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with “Monster House” and “Poltergeist” remake filmmaker Gil Kenan.
The upcoming movie is something Reitman holds very near and dear to his heart. “I love everything about it. The iconography. The music. The tone,” he explained. “I remember being on set and seeing them try out the card catalogue gag for the first time when the library ghost makes them come flying out.”
“I remember the day they killed Stay Puft and I brought home a hardened piece of foam that just sat on a shelf for years,” Reitman added. “I was scared there was a terror dog underneath my bed before people knew what a terror dog was.”
Reitman, 41, assures fans they will not have to worry about seeing the same old thing: “The ‘Ghostbusters’ universe is big enough to hold a lot of different stories.”
Of course, the original cast will still be one member short following the death of Ramis.
“We miss Harold, because Harold was really the glue that I think held everybody together,” said Hudson of his late co-star in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“He was always my go-to point and anything that was a little bit weird, or whatever, Harold was the guy who would sort of say, ‘Ernie, just…’ and explain the world to me,” he added. “And I miss him, but his spirit is there. But Ivan Reitman is there and everybody is in. Now whether the studio will do it, I’m the guy who sits by the phone and waits for the call. So if they call, I’ll answer. If not, I’ve got other stuff that I’m doing.”
Meanwhile, an industry source says that Sony, which owns “the premise and the idea,” will be taking “a gamble after the disaster of the female reboot,” adding that Aykroyd is the driving forced behind a sequel.
“At the moment it is touch and go about the future, but Dan really wants the Busters to be remembered in style for the old fans and a new generation,” says the source.