Mommy Blog Expert: Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman Director Producer Inspires New Generations of Fans

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman Director Producer Inspires New Generations of Fans



Post 1 in a 3-Part Series

Who's old enough to remember the June 1984 debut of the original Ghostbusters movie, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver? I know I'll never forget this big screen release which held the top spot at the box office every week that summer except for one. Fast forward to 2016.

Ghostbusters Old/New 1984-2016,
Thirty two years later, the release of Ghostbusters (2016) this weekend -- with its all-star female comedy cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones -- could not be more apropos with women breaking glass ceilings (and, of course, high rise building windows). 

Image from Sony Pictures
This is especially momentous, at a time when the expected nomination of the first-ever woman candidate to run for President of the United States is just days away.
The reboot of this pop culture fantasy science fiction film is expertly directed by Paul Feig who was a student studying at USC Film School when the original movie came out. However, it's easy to see how Reitman, now a producer and proud grandfather, continues to be passionate about the Ghostbusters enterprise and was very much involved and influential in Feig's interpretation and in the development and filming of the new version that audiences will see in theaters.

Image from Sony Pictures

How exciting it was to meet the iconic Reitman first at the Fan Day press event at Sony Pictures in Culver City, California back in March to get a sneak peek at the movie trailer before it was released this spring.
And, then again, to have the privilege to interact with the great director and producer again, hear more about his passion for the project, ask questions and get a behind the scenes tour of Ghost Corps on the Sony Studios lot. 

If you could ask Ivan Reitman one question about Ghostbusters what would it be?
Stay tuned for two MORE Ghostbusters posts later this week, including Mommy
Blog Expert's review on Friday.

Images by MommyBlogExpert & Sony Pictures
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Stacie said...

I am so excited for this movie! I love the cast, and Ivan Reitman is a genius!

noshingwiththenolands said...

I am looking forward to this movie. I hope it is half as good as the first one, we love it!!

Allie D. said...

I cannot wait to watch this movie! My family has always liked Ghostbusters. It is so cool that you get to interact with the director!

NPC said...

OMG, I can't wait to watch this movie. I especially love Melissa McCarthy. :)

Shauna Torres said...

I don't personally remember when it came out, but I remember watching it on video with my older brother. I still love the movie and love watching it with my kids. I can't wait for the new one... I know it is going to be amazing

Cathi Crismon said...

I'm a fan of original films and I was there when the first Ghostbusters hit the theaters. I'll never forget the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to get kicked out of the theater. Ha!

Janeane Davis said...

I enjoyed reading your post about this new movie. I remember the original one from my youth. It was nice to read this and to learn more about the people behind the movie.

Liz Mays said...

I am looking forward to seeing this new version. I'll have to set aside the old one in my mind to appreciate it though!

Nikki said...

Ghostbusters is a nice movie, can't wait to see it! I remember my younger years watching it.

Dawn GT said...

i am such a ghostbusters fan. i remember growing up i used to watch all of their movies over and over and over. lol

Kelly Hutchinson said...

I love that you talk about building a new generation of fans. My daughter is probably more excited to see this movie than I am!