Jason Reitman says his director dad Ivan cried after watching 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife'

Ben Arnold
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Jason Reitman has said that his father Ivan Reitman, who directed Ghostbusters, cried after watching his sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Speaking to Empire, Reitman said that he organised a screening to show him the finished movie back in December.

“My father hasn’t been leaving the house much because of Covid. But he took a test, put on a mask and drove down to the Sony lot to watch the movie with the studio,” he revealed.

“And after, he cried, and he said, ‘I’m so proud to be your father.’ And it was one of the great moments of my life.”

Director Jason Reitman poses at the premiere of his film "Young Adult" with his father, director Ivan Reitman, in Beverly Hills, California December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Jason Reitman and his father, director Ivan Reitman (Credit: REUTERS/Fred Prouser)

Reitman Snr. directed and produced both Ghostbusters in 1984 and Ghostbusters II in 1989, and later movies like Twins and Kindergarten Cop.

Reitman Jr., meanwhile, burst onto the movie scene with 2007's Juno, starring Eliott Page, following it with George Clooney comedy-drama Up In The Air.

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife finds Reitman reuniting the original cast-members Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, though sadly Harold Ramis, who played scientist Egon Spengler, died in 2014.

The movie centres around a family who move to rural Oklahoma, who discover their connection to the Ghostbusters and the infamous 'Manhattan Crossrip of 1984'.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Credit: Columbia Pictures)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Credit: Columbia Pictures)

Stranger Things star Finn Wolhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd make up the new cast.

Reitman added to Empire that he hoped to make the movie frightening as well as funny.

He went on: “The feeling that I’ve kind of held onto is that while it is very funny, it really scared me. It was really my first experience with a horror film.

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“I was at a Directors Guild meeting and I happened to be sitting next to Steven Spielberg – when I told him I was working on Ghostbusters, he out of nowhere said, ‘Library Ghost – top ten scares of all time.’ And it’s true.”

Having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic – twice – the movie is currently scheduled for release on 11 June.

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