‘Ghostbusters’ & ‘Space Jam 2’ Both Add Production Designers
Two films have added a production designer to their crew: ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Space Jam 2.’ Both are ramping up production to film this summer, so it will only grow from here.
Production designer François Audouy will be part of the upcoming ‘Ghostbusters’ film. He is a frequent James Mangold collaborator, working on his past three films. Those films are ‘The Wolverine,’ ‘Logan,’ and the upcoming ‘Ford v. Ferrari.’ Other films include ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and ‘Dracula Untold.’
The movie, set in the universe of the 1980’s films, will involve a family moving back home to a small town. However, the characters from the Paul Feig reboot will not be returning, due to the film being outside of continuity. The screenplay is from Reitman (‘Juno,’ Tully’) and Gil Kenan (‘City of Ember,’ ‘Monster House’).
Sony and Reitman are also currently casting two of the young leads which include the roles of a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl. The unnamed teenage boy character is a conspiracy theorist that is really into fantasy. The pre-teen girl is a science kid that has trouble connecting with others on an emotional level, understanding feelings and not be aware how hurtful her comments can be.
Moreover, while not official, original actor Ernie Hudson has stated that the original actors may be returning.
Filming will begin on-or-about June 25, for 15 weeks, in Calgary, Alberta. The on-location shoot in Canada will wrap around October 8.
Sony Pictures will release the film on July 10, 2020.
‘Space Jam 2’
Production designer Kevin Ishioka has come aboard the long-gestating ‘Space Jam 2.’ He was part of the past two films from director Clint Eastwood: ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ and ‘The Mule.’ Ishioka was also supervising art director of ‘Avatar,’ ‘Oblivion,’ ‘TRON: Legacy,’ and ‘Dunkirk.’
Terence Nance (‘Random Acts of Flyness’) will direct, while LeBron James will lead this time, much like Michael Jordan did in the original. The screenplay, per the most recent update, is from Andrew Dodge (‘Bad Words,’ new ‘TMNT’ reboot). But, at this time, this is subject to change. Moreover, Ryan Coogler will produce with LeBron James. Coogler wrote and directed ‘Fruitvale Station,’ ‘Creed,’ and three-time Academy award winner ‘Black Panther.’
Filming will begin on June 17th in California.
Warner Bros. will release 25-year-later sequel on July 16, 2021.