Gil Kenan to direct ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ sequel!
Sources tell Deadline that Jason Reitman, who directed the pervious pic, will move into the writer-producer role alongside co-scribe Kenan and Jason Blumenfeld. Insiders add that the Ghostbusters: Afterlife ensemble that includes Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon is on board to return.
“It’s an absolute honor to pick up the proton pack and step behind the camera for the next chapter of the Spengler family saga,” said Kenan. “I just wish I could go back to 1984 and tell the kid in the sixth row of the Mann Valley West that one day he was going to get to direct a Ghostbusters film.”
“A few years ago, my father handed me the keys to Ecto-1, and together we made Ghostbusters: Afterlife” said Reitman. “Words will never express how grateful I am to have made a film with my father by my side. It’s now time to hand those keys to my creative partner and fellow Ghostbuster Gil Kenan, a brilliant director who will keep the Spengler spirit alive. I can only hope to provide him the same producorial care and support that my father showed me.”
Kenan has directed such films as Monster House, City of Ember and last year’s A Boy Called Christmas. For Monster House. He earned Best Animated Feature Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Monster House.
Reitman also has directed Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult, Tully and The Front Runner. As a producer,his credits include Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition and Karyn Kusama’s cult hit Jennifer’s Body.
Kenan is repped by WME and Robert Offer. Reitman is repped by WME and Alan Wertheimer.