Yesterday morning at the San Diego Comic Con celebrated director Ivan Reitman joined representatives from IDW comics to talk about the future of the Ghostbusters franchise. During the one hour panel the director of the first two movies, Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), stated that plans for an expansive Ghostbusters shared universe were still in development, including the much publicized animated movie and another live action movie, with one of these movies to be released in the summer of 2019 in time to celebrate 35 years of the franchise. With Ivan Reitman back in control of the franchise, fans are hopeful that the long awaited Ghostbusters III will be developed after it was sidelined by former Sony Pictures chairperson Amy Pascal in favor of director Paul Feig's ill fated all-female reboot. Reportedly Reitman also stated that Ghostbusters: The Video Game, released in 2009, is no longer considered "canon" to the Ghostbusters Universe, suggesting that its ideas may have evolved into the Ghostbusters sequel which was developed by Reitman and co-creators/stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis before the latter's death in February 2014.
YouTuber Mundane Matt, who was present at the panel, is a long time Ghostbusters fan who has (much like us) covered news on the recent reboot both before and after its release. With the panel highlighting the recently successful IDW comic book Ghostbusters 101 (pictured above) which sees the reboot characters team up with the "Prime" Ghostbusters via the use of a transdimensional portal, Mundane Matt suggested the possibility that Ivan Reitman may be developing Ghostbusters III with the female leads being the new generation of "Busters" hinted at in Aykroyd and Ramis' ill fated sequel. Considering that the recent reboot cost Sony Pictures a lot of money and the overwhelmingly negative reaction and opinion the reboot garnered, we believe that the possibility any of the female leads returning is slim at best, and that Reitman should instead honor both the fans and memory of Ramis with the Ghostbusters III we were going to get before Paul Feig was ever approached rather than pandering to the over zealous supporters of the reboot. Aykroyd and Ramis' vision for Ghostbusters III is the movie the fans still want and have always wanted. If the true third movie is a success, then and only then would it be wise to develop a wider reaching universe.
As for the vocal minority that wishes to see the story of the female Ghostbusters from last years movie continued, considering how unlikely it is that any of the actresses will return for a sequel, in our opinion it is best that their story is continued in IDW's comic line. Ghostbusters has enjoyed great success in comic book form since the release of the original movie, and there is no reason the adventures of Yates, Gilbert, Holtzmann, and Tolan can't continue in that form if the demand truly is high enough? As such IDW are testing the waters with a five issue run of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (pictured above), which will continue after the events of Ghostbusters 101 and feature the female quartet in their own stories. Issue 1 of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call will be released in October.