The three surviving cast members from the original 1984 Ghostbusters will return for the reboot, actor Ernie Hudson has confirmed.
Earlier this week Far Out reported the news that Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan directed the first two hit movies, has been announced as the director for the new Ghostbusters sequel which will be a continuation of the iconic 1984 original. That film, which famously starred the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Ernie Hudson, will have some returning faces in 2020.
The elephant in the room, of course, has been the question of how many original cast members will be recalled by Reitman and Sony. Now, Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore, told the Mail he and co-stars Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray are on board. “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,” he said before adding: “If not, I’ve got other stuff that I’m doing.”
There will one obvious omission, of course, as Harold Ramis will be missing after he sadly passed away in 2014. When the conversation turned to Ramis, Hudson said: “We miss Harold, because Harold was really the glue that I think held everybody together.
“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. And I miss him, but his spirit is there.”
The inclusion of Reitman as sees the film go full circle, the director appeared in the original film as a child actor with his father in charge: “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 the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
There has been no word on any plot details as of yet but Reitman has clear vision: 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,” he said.
The film is being rebooted by Sony and production will begin in the summer.