Feb. 14, 2022

The Reitman Stuff

The Reitman Stuff

Tonight! A creepy Star Trek memento, Obi-Wan comes this May, Gotham Knights, Madame Web, and we remember Douglas Trumbull and producer of your childhoods Ivan Reitman, All that and more on this big edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Multiverse Tonight 157


Tonight! A creepy Star Trek memento, Obi-Wan comes this May, Gotham Knights, Madame Web, and we remember Douglas Trumbull and producer of your childhoods Ivan Reitman, All that and more on this big edition of Multiverse Tonight!


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https://www.ign.com/articles/super-bowl-56-the-best-trailers-and-commercials






Star Trek

Star Trek Strange New Worlds got the Television Critics Association press tour treatment. Co Showrunners Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers along with co-series creator Alex Kurtzman and some of the cast joined them and they got a look at a scene featuring Ceia Rose Gooding’s Cadet Nyota Uhura. In bringing her spin to language expert and communications officer Uhura, Celia Rose Gooding said she was always so impressed with how Nichols made the character "capable and powerful" in the series. But this new iteration of Uhura will also have a lot of "uncertainty" for the first season. "Nichelle had a level of understanding and clarity [in her portrayal], but we're showing different parts of her humanity, which isn't as sure and asks questions as we go along," the actress explained. "Getting to represent an iconic character in a multi-faceted way is an honor and now we're getting to see other sides of Uhura that go outside of the limitations set for Black women in the '60s."


Goldsman was asked if there would-be other familiar Trek characters appearing in season one and he replied quote "We’re starting with this crew and don’t want to bring folks into the show to be splashy. We want to dig deeply into the characters in this ensemble. We’re open to widening our arms, but right now, and this is said in the best possible way, what you see is what you get." unquote He did confirm that the character of La’an Noonien Singh was indeed repeated to Khan Noonien Singh. 


They also unveiled a one-sheet promo poster for the series featuring Pike on his horse underneath the Enterprise and Anson Mount told the reporters that the fan response to the character has been “surprising and deeply encouraging” and a career highlight.  He also said the writer's quote have done a magnificent job of establishing this captain as his iteration of what a Starfleet captain should be, independent of other captains in canon. Humility is a big part of his character. And his father was a science teacher and scholar of comparative religion, so exploration is a big part of Pike. He's looking at the things that made us see what’s next over the horizon? Are we searchers or conquerors?" unquote and finally Goldsman said about the format for the series would take he said quote "I'm a big fan of serialized storytelling. TOS was episodic when one could tell close-ended stories. We plan to move gently through genre and and be tonally specific. And when you go episodic, that allows for reversals like some of the very best The Twilight Zones. TOS was also great at that and we hope to chase some of those values." unquote Kinda sounds like he’s hedging his bets, doesn’t it?


Paramount plus has still got more Star Trek in the pipeline, during the same TCA Tour. It was confirmed that the Philippa Georgiou Section 31 series was still on the burner with a promise of more news soon. But wait, there’s more saying quote "I think we have some fantastic offerings in our always-on slate," "And I think you may see a few more very curated additions coming." There are still rumblings for A Starfleet Academy series. But a Starfleet Academy series has been on the horizon since the 1990s. 


The current version of The Starfleet Academy pitch is in development at CBS Studios and Alex Kurtzman’s studio-based Secret Hideout for the ViacomCBS streamer. The Starfleet Academy series is believed to be the next series in line. Most likely to go into production after Star Trek Picard finishes production on series three.


Some more Star Trek memorabilia is going up for auction this month. Heritage Auctions is holding an auction on February 22nd.  The Star Trek Hollywood & Entertainment Signature Auction includes a total of 75 lots, primarily from Star Trek: The Original Series, but also a few from the TOS movies and even some from the unmade Phase II series. There are also a handful of items from the TNG era as well. This Star Trek auction is curated from a number of different collectors. Costumes are a focus of the auction, including three screen-used Mirror Universe uniforms from the TOS episode “Mirror, Mirror.” The William Shatner “Captain Kirk” (3) Piece Alternate Universe Ensemble has an opening bid of $30,000, as does the Leonard Nimoy “Spock” (2) Piece Alternate Universe Ensemble. The George Takei “Lt. Sulu” (3) Piece Ensemble has an opening bid of $10,000.And there are many more TOS Starfleet uniforms, including the tunic worn by Majel Barrett’s Number One in the pilot “The Cage” (opening bid $4000). There is also an original Klingon costume from “The Day of the Dove,” and Subcommander Tal’s from “The Enterprise Incident” (both with opening bids of $3,000).


In the prop department will be the model of K7 recreated for the DS9 episode Trials and Tribble-ations. It will open with a bid of 20,000. There will also be a “Thrall” Weapon from “Gamesters of Triskelion” (opening bid $,3000), Ricardo Montalban “Khan” Signature Left-Hand Glove from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (opening bid $2,500), and a Klingon Disruptor Weapon from Star Trek: Phase II (opening bid $2,500).


If those are two high for your taste, there are also a few signed posters, prints, cast photos, and sketches. This includes unit production manager Mel Efros’ on-set production bible from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. (opening bid $600). The auction will be held on February 22nd and bidding is now open online. Prices are expected to well exceed opening bid prices for many of these items.


By the way, I looked at the catalog and the most disturbing thing and something that might be useful if you’re making a Halloween: The Next Generation movie is the Life Mask of Patrick Stewart made for the Next Generation. Current Bid $500. 


Star Wars

Disney Plus’ new Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi will be premiering on May 25th. The story of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat-the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. 


The series will also feature the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader, and will also star Kumail Nanjiani, Sung Kang, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Moses Ingram, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, Simone Kessell, Benny Safdie, and Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse, who reprise their Revenge of the Sith roles as Owen and Beru Lars.

Speaking of Obi-Wan, the Jedi Master will have a new five-issue miniseries in May. Star Wars Obi-Wan comes from writer Christopher Cantwell and artist Ario Anindito. Each issue will be about a different stage in his life. Cantwell said in a statement about it quote "What I love about Obi-Wan is that he is so much a character of patience and fortitude," he said. "He holds out hope and keeps that flame going even in the darkest times. He lost his Master, his best friend…he's experienced a lot of grief. But he pushes forward. He waits on Tatooine for decades. He is the Buddhist concept of kshanti — patience — personified. He is able to hold onto the glimmers of light amidst the cloak of darkness. Every issue thematically deals with his ability to do that as a person." unquote 


A man named the Maskalorian has been traveling around handing out masks. The man, dressed like the Mandalorian with a mask comes complete with a little Grogu like character on his chest called Masku, Together They have given away roughly 1000 masks.  

The character — inspired by the hit Star Wars show “The Mandalorian” on Disney Plus — is the brainchild of Matt Adams, a 43-year-old filmmaker and improv performer.

He has since been spotted in Austria, New York City, and walking through aisles on flights between the two places. On social media, videos of the masked crusader have racked up millions of views. Adams came up with the idea in the early days of the pandemic. Matt is an ex-New Yorker who now lives in Austria with his wife. Talking with the Washington Post, he spoke about missing interactions with strangers and was reading about people who were strongly opposed to wearing masks. Quote “I just kind of wanted to see, I wonder if I can encourage people in a playful and humorous way, unquote He has documented his travels on Youtube. The Maskalorian offers hand sanitizer that he says is “approved by the Rebellion.” The masks are “made of white beskar,” the legendary steel used for Mandalorian armor. He frequently drops the signature phrase: “This is the way.” The story is really nice. I’ll leave a link to it in the show notes, https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2022/02/03/maskalorian-free-masks-new-york/


Three new Lego helmets are up for pre-order, there’s a Mandolorian Helmet, Luke Skywalkers’ Red Five Helmet, and a Dark Trooper helmet each buildable helmet includes a nameplate and stand. They will run you $59.99 apiece.


DC

The CW has ordered pilots for the prequel to Supernatural, The Winchesters, Walker Independence a spinoff of their Walker series, and a DC Universe set Gotham Knight Series. The logline for the Gotham Knights series reads quote In the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his rebellious adopted son forges an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies when they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader. And as the city’s most wanted criminals, this renegade band of misfits must fight to clear their names. But in a Gotham with no Dark Knight to protect it, the city descends into the most dangerous it’s ever been. However, hope comes from the most unexpected of places as this team of mismatched fugitives will become its next generation of saviors known as the Gotham Knights. Unquote. It will be unrelated to The CW’s Batwoman serial and the upcoming video game.


DC has revealed the details on their next big event, Dark Crisis. THe seven issue event will spin out of the Death of the Justice League and will be kicked off by a zero issue that’s part of Free Comic Book Day and a one shot called Justice League Road to Dark Crisis number one. Dark Crisis is a monthly event that will be written by Joshua Williamson, drawn by Daniel Sampere, colored by Alejandro Sanchez, and lettered by Tom Napolitano. The story traces back all the way to the original crisis, as an ancient destructive force known as the Great Darkness has been revealed to be behind some of the universe's most instrumental and darkest moments. Now Pariah will attempt to use that force to eliminate Earth-0 and restore his homeward and the infinite multiverse. The heroes who are left must team up to face this ancient evil, but it remains to be seen if everyone is up to the task. Dark Crisis number zero comes out on May seventh.


Marvel

Dakota Johnson is in talks to star as the character Madame Web in the Madame Web movie based on the Spider-man character. SJ Clarkson will direct a script written by MattSazama and Burk Sharpless. In the comics, Madame Web is depicted as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis and thus was connected to a life support system that looked like a spider web. Due to her age and medical condition, Madame Web never actively fought any villains. For that reason, sources have stressed it’s possible the project could turn into something else. Insiders say due to her psychic sensory powers, she is essentially Sony’s version of Doctor Strange. No date for when it will go into production.


Shang Chi actor Simu Liu apparently exaggerated his martial arts skills when going up for the part of Simu. he told variety quote "When I got the part, they asked me about my martial arts background and experience, which of course I exaggerated because I wanted the job really badly," Liu admitted. "I had done some work as an on-again, off-again stuntman, but if we're honest, I think I was more of a dancer than I ever was a martial artist. Pretty much from the moment I was cast, I started working with trainers and learning how to move. I had such awful flexibility. My groin and my tendons were just so stiff. A big part of that early process was just bending my body and trying to rip those legs apart." 


Liu added, "Making it appear as if it is not over-choreographed was equally important for our movie. We worked with an incredible action director in Brad Allan who sadly passed away last year. He came from the Jackie Chan stunt team and has such an awareness of fighting in a way that is dance-like. He played such a big role, alongside our fight choreographers, in making each action sequence feel like a living, breathing thing."



Geek

The Dungeons and Dragons live action TV series has conjured up Rawson Marshall Thurber as it’s showrunner. Thurber will write, direct and executive produce the pilot. Thurber wrote on twitter confirming the news quote  "So deeply thrilled about this," "Grew up playing the pnp version (lvl 13 lawful good paladin, holla!), enjoyed the heck outta @DDOUnlimited — learned to tell stories through (always) being the DM. Boyhood dreams do come true, y'all. Can’t wait to get cracking." unquote Thurber is best known for the Dwayne Johnson movie Red Notice as well as Dodgeball and We’re THe Millers.


American McGee’s Alice is getting a tv adaptation. THe video game debuted back in 2000 with a mature rated, twisted take of the classic story. The game spawned a sequel back in 2011, Alice Madness Returns. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Radar Pictures has picked up the TV rights and hired David Hayter (X-Men, Warrior Nun) to put together an adaptation, along with Abandon Entertainment. No network or streaming service has been attached to the project yet, but it’s certainly one with some name cache in the video game realm, so it stands to reason some platform will step in to give it a home. American McGee himself threw his support behind the show in a statement saying quote “David Hayter brings imagination, experience, and stealth sneaking skills gained through successful missions in film, TV, and video games – a unique combination sure to make this adventure into Wonderland a successful one for the franchise and the fans,” “I am excited to be working with him and know the Alice fans will welcome him with mad affection.” unquote 


World of Warcraft will be breaking down the walls between the Alliance and Horde players. Players will be able to play with each other in special cross faction dungeons, raides and PvP modes. This big change is scheduled to release as part of the 9.2.5 update with guidelines and goals already laid out to govern how this will work. IN a statement BLizzard said quote 

"I am pleased to announce that we are working on adding the ability for Alliance and Horde players to form premade parties together for dungeons, raids, and rated PvP," the announcement from Blizzard said. "There have been two decades' worth of code and content crafted with the assumption that parties can only have players of a single faction, and while we want to make this feature available as soon as possible, the extent of the change means that it couldn't be ready in time for the upcoming Eternity's End content update. Instead, we are planning to test and release it as part of a subsequent 9.2.5 update."


Former studio executives Foster Driver and Zoe Kent have set up an adaptation of LGBT-themed sci-fi YA novel The Temperature of Me and You at Disney+, with Alden Derck on board to pen the project, which is intended to be a series.The debut novel from Brian Zepka, a public health advocate and researcher, Temperature, which hit shelves Jan. 25 from Disney-Hyperion, is described as a story of first love, journey of trust and identity, and a ticking clock for survival.It tells of a 16-year-old boy named Dylan pining for love while working shifts at a Dairy Queen in the suburbs of Philadelphia. In walks Jordan, a cute boy who happens to live life at 110 degrees Fahrenheit. After the two begin spending time together, Dylan finds himself catching a fever and coughing flames, with Jordan forced to reveal his out-of-this-world secret. The book has been generating its own heat in advance with buzz as one of the YA titles to watch in 2022.


Also in the works to be adapted is the action fantasy Kane..

Producers Roy Lee Andrew Trapani and Steven Schneider have secured the rights to 

The series of fantasy novels and short stories by cult fantasy author Karl Edward Wagner. Wagner’s stories, published throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, center on an immortal antihero named simply Kane who is equal parts warrior, sorcerer, marauder and conqueror.

First appearing in 1973 and going on to appear in 20 short stories and three novels, Kane falls squarely into the epic fantasy sphere that proved influential to the geek crowd of that time, and 4 million copies have been sold. Famed fantasy painter Frank Frazetta even illustrated several covers.


Stephen King and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot are working on an adaptation of King's recent novel Billy Summers. My So-Called Life and Nashville EPs Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz are attached to adapt the novel with Zwick in line to direct. Details on the show, a limited-series adaptation, are light at this point with the potential for the adaptation to run six to 10 episodes with "high-end cable networks and streamers' ' being the targeted homes for the show.

Here’s the dust jacket description quote "Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He's a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he'll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? How about everything."


"This spectacular can't-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It's about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption."


Sony is buying video game studio BUngie in a deal worth 3.6 billion dollars. If the deal closes Bungie will act as an independent subsidiary of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Allowing it to not only make games for Sony, but for other platforms. IN a statement, Jim Ryan, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment said quote "We've had a strong partnership with Bungie since the inception of the Destiny franchise, and I couldn't be more thrilled to officially welcome the studio to the PlayStation family," "This is an important step in our strategy to expand the reach of PlayStation to a much wider audience. We understand how vital Bungie's community is to the studio and look forward to supporting them as they remain independent and continue to grow. Like Bungie, our community is core to PlayStation's DNA, and our shared passion for the gamer and building the best place to play will now evolve even further."


The Showtime retelling of the book and cult classic David Bowie movie, THe Man Who Fell to Earth has cast Bill NIghy in the role played by David Bowie in the movie. He will star opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris.


Showtime’s The Man Who Fell To Earth, which comes from Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and John Hlavin, will follow a new alien character (Ejiofor) who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.


Nighy will play the brilliant Thomas Newton, the first alien to arrive on earth over 40 years ago. Alone and desperate, Newton summons Faraday (Ejiofor) to complete his original mission. But Newton’s time marooned among human beings has cost him everything, possibly even his sanity.

 

The role marks a reunion for Nighy with both Ejiofor and Harris. He and Ejiofor worked together on Love Actually, for which Nighy won a supporting actor BAFTA award in one of his most famous performances. Nighy and Harris worked together on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End. IT’s slated to come out later this month.


CBS is bringing back its 1996 drama Early Edition for a reboot. The original series followed Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler), a stockbroker who, thanks to a magical tabby cat, received the subsequent day's edition of the Chicago Sun-Times, and used the information within to change the future for the better. This new version would have a female lead, who is an ambitious but uncompromising journalist who finds her life complicated by the mystery paper and having to change the news instead of reporting it. SInce this is just a pilot order, it's unknown if or when it might go to series.


The big news of the week was a revival order for the on again, off again, on again, off again Matt Groening series Futurama by Hulu. The series by David X Cohen and Greoning first aired on Fox, got canceled, picked up by Comedy Central, canceled again with a series finale in 2013.  Now Hulu has tapped it for another 20 episodes, however there might be a hitch, as everyone but John Dimaggio is on board. And he is currently waging a bit of a twitter campaign to get Hulu to acquiesce to his demands. So come on Hulu. Tap into that Disney money and bring us Bender. Production is set to start in February with an eye to return in 2023.


America Ferrera will be co starring with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the upcoming Barbie movie. No word on what Ferrera will be playing in the movie.


The movie,  merchandising, gaming and live event rights to JRR Tolkien's works like the Lord of the rings, the hobbit and more are up for auction now that the Saul Zaentz Co has decided to sell it’s holding. Zaentz Co. has hired ACF Investment Bank to handle the sale process, which is unfolding this week as bankers make the rounds of the logical Hollywood buyers. The Tolkien properties are projected to fetch at least $2 billion, based on recent high valuations for top-tier IP and content producers.The timing of the sale process is not accidental. Amazon is set to premiere its long-awaited, mega-budgeted TV series rendition of the enduring “Lord of the Rings'' saga, “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” on Sept. 2 and Amazon is a prime candidate to pick up those rights with their Billions.


Animated comedies Birdgirl and Smiling Friends will get another go at Adult Swim, which has renewed both series for second seasons.


Birdgirl, a spinoff of Adult Swim’s Harvey Birdman franchise, is a half-hour animated comedy series starring Paget Brewster. Season 1 followed Brewster’s Judy Ken Sebben aka Birdgirl, who — after being named CEO of the world’s largest and most nonsensical corporation, Sebben & Sebben — has to find a way to maintain her work/superhero life balance.

Season 2 of Birdgirl is set to premiere in the summer. Smiling Friends, which debuted January 9 on Adult Swim, is co-created by Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel. The show follows the employees of a small company dedicated to bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world. Per Adult Swim, the Smiling Friends premiere was No. 1 amongst all ad-supported cable with T12-17, P18-24. P18-34, W18-24 and W 18-34 during its 12-1:45 a.m. time period. The block, excluding sports, also won among M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54.


Robert Blalack has passed away,Blalack died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Paris, his wife, writer Caroline Charron-Blalack, told The Hollywood Reporter. Blalack was an oscar winning visual effects artist and cofounder of Industrial Light & Magic. Blalack also shared an Emmy for his VFX work on The Day After, the 1983 ABC telefilm about a nuclear war between the U.S. and Soviet Union that drew 100 million viewers and was the highest-rated TV movie in history at the time. He launched ILM with George Lucas and others and he and the team won an Academy Award for Star Wars in 1977. In 1980, he did the visual effects for Carl Sagan’s series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. His film résumé also included Meteor (1979), John Landis’ The Blues Brothers (1980), Airplane! (1980), Ken Russell’s Altered States (1980), Wolfen (1981), Paul Schrader’s Cat People (1982) and Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop (1987), and he did lots of work for theme park rides as well. Robert Blalack was 73 years old.


Douglas Trumbull, the visual effects visionary who, without CGI, fashioned the kaleidoscopic finale for 2001: A Space Odyssey, concocted the creepy cloud formations in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, filled the Blade Runner universe with smoke and fireballs, and helped create the birth of the universe that opens The Tree of Life, has died. He was 79.


Trumbull died Monday after a “major two-year battle with cancer, a brain tumor and a stroke,” his daughter Amy announced on Facebook. She told The Hollywood Reporter that he died in Albany, New York; an obituary from the family said the cause of death was complications from mesothelioma. He was The son of a man who did effects work on The Wizard of Oz, Trumbull also directed two sci-fi features: the eco-themed Silent Running (1972), starring Bruce Dern, and Brainstorm (1983), featuring Natalie Wood in her final film.


The Los Angeles native received three visual effects Oscar nominations (for 1977’s Close Encounters, 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture and 1982’s Blade Runner) in a six-year span. The Academy awarded him a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1993 for the creation of his Showscan Camera System and the Gordon E. Sawyer statuette in 2012 for his career contributions.


Director Robert Wise hired Trumbull to handle special photographic effects skills for The Andromeda Strain (1971), then asked him to helm two memorable sequences for the first Star Trek movie — the docking sequence aboard the Enterprise and Spock’s spacewalk.


In Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, Trumbull’s responsibilities grew rapidly as production moved along, and he found himself tasked with what would become his signature creation, the out-of-this-world corridor of light finale dubbed the Star Gate sequence.


Throughout the 1970s, Trumbull was so in-demand, he declined work on George Lucas’ Star Wars.


Around the same time, Steven Spielberg, then 29, began principal photography on his own sci-fi epic, Close Encounters. In preparation, he rewatched Kubrick’s 2001 and found the masterpiece intimidated him more than it inspired him.


A couple of years later, Trumbull answered an SOS from Wise, who was directing Star Trek. He was unhappy with the film's visual effects in production, and a lawsuit loomed from exhibitors if the movie was not delivered on schedule.


Trumbull agreed to take on the tight deadline — six months to complete more composites than Star Wars and Close Encounters combined — in exchange for a considerable fee and release from his Paramount contract. Three crews worked across 24-hour periods, seven days a week, to beat the deadline.


Wise allowed Trumbull to re-conceive and direct the film’s most celebrated sequence, the shuttle pod circling the majestic Enterprise before docking. It contains no dialogue, a decision Trumbull credits from working with Kubrick, who taught him to “stop talking for a while and let it all flow.”


Trumbull also helmed Spock’s spacewalk, which clearly borrowed from his 2001 Star Gate sequence. “I thought it would be fun to just get kind of abstract and make it a fantasy dream sequence in a way, not literal,” he said.


Douglas Trumball was 79 years old.


And finally tonight, Prodcuer director Ivan Reitman passed away on Feburary 12th. Ivan was born in Czechoslovakia and raised in Canada. He grew up and got his first job in entertinment as a producer for a station in Toronto but that was short lived. But he would go on to produce two films for director David Croenberg. His big break was producing National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978 and directing Meatballs in 1979. From there, he directed and produced a number of comedies including Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984) (where he also voiced Zuul and Slimer),[6] Legal Eagles (1986), Twins (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989),[7] Kindergarten Cop (1990), Dave (1993), Junior (1994), Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), Evolution (2001), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), and No Strings Attached (2011). In the early 1990s, Reitman began to direct fewer films, but increased his role as a producer and executive producer through his company, Northern Lights Entertainment.[8] He helped to produce the animated film Heavy Metal (1981), as well as the live-action films Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), Beethoven (1992), Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Beethoven's 2nd (1993), Space Jam (1996), Howard Stern's film Private Parts (1997), Road Trip (2000), Old School (2003), EuroTrip (2004) and Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006) and I Love You Man in 2009. That same year he got to produce his son Jason’s movie Up in the Air which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.  He also produced the 2016 Ghostbusters and his son’s Ghostbusters Afterlife. ON Afterlife he also stepped in and stood in for the departed Egon, being replaced with a CGI likeness afterward.


Ivan Reitman passed away in his sleep and is survived by his wife Genevieve; his son Jason, a director; and daughters Catherine, a TV actress-writer-producer, and Caroline.


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