Jason Reitman is walking back comments he made that seemingly criticized the all-female 2016 “Ghostbusters” remake.
Reitman, who is set to helm his own sequel to the original two films directed by his father, Ivan Reitman, in 1984 and 1989, caught some backlash for remarks he made during an episode of “Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast” in which he said, “We are in every way trying to go back to original technique and hand the movie back to fans.”
In response to the reaction from some of social media and stars of the last film, including Leslie Jones, Reitman took to Twitter to clarify what he 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!”
Paul Feig, who directed the 2016 reboot, came to Reitman’s defense.
“Jason was a supporter of mine at a time when I couldn’t get movies made,” Feig wrote in a social media post. “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”
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.”
Few details on Reitman’s “Ghostbusters 3” have been released, but the film is slated to hit theaters on July 10th, 2020.