‘Ghostbusters’ director Jason Reitman clarifies ‘fans’ remark

Director Jason Reitman speaks at the MoMA Contenders 2018 Screening and Q&A of 'The Front Runner' at Hammer Museum on Dec. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Canadian director Jason Reitman took to Twitter to clarify comments he made that seemingly criticized the all-female Ghostbusters remake.

Reitman caught backlash for comments he made during an episode of “Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast.”

He said: “We are in every way trying to go back to the original technique and hand the movie back to fans.”

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“I’m not making the Juno of Ghostbusters movies,” the Juno director said. “This is gonna be a love letter to Ghostbusters… I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans.”

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Reitman was criticized on Twitter by fans of the 2016 reboot and Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the all-female cast, joined the conversation.

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Jones had tweeted, “So insulting. Like f**k us. We didn’t count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a d**k move.”

“If they make this new one with all men and it does well, which it will, it might feel that ‘boys are better.’ It makes my heart drop,” she continued. “Maybe I could have use(d) different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them.”

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In response to the backlash he received on social media for his comments, Reitman took to Twitter to clarify what he actually meant.

“Wo, that came out wrong! I have nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen and the bravery with which they made Ghostbusters 2016,” he tweeted. “They expanded the universe and made an amazing movie!”

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Paul Feig, who directed the all-female reboot, came to the defence of Reitman.

“Jason was a supporter of mine at a time when I couldn’t get movies made,” Feig wrote on social media. “He has always been a true gentleman to me and a supporter of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. I can’t wait to see his take on the Ghostbusters universe. Big love and respect to you, Jason. Your fan, Paul”

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Reitman is set to direct his own sequel to the original two Ghostbusters films directed by his father, Ivan Reitman.

His take on Ghostbusters is scheduled to be released in 2020.


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