Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at the Reitmans' Movie-Making Dynasty Ahead of New 'Ghostbusters' Film

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at the Reitmans' Movie-Making Dynasty Ahead of New 'Ghostbusters' Film

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A look at the Reitmans' entertainment dynasty

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TORONTO - There's something strange in the Canadian entertainment neighbourhood.

The Reitman family, headed by Toronto-raised movie maker Ivan Reitman, is making headlines for some major film and TV projects -- further solidifying their status as a homegrown entertainment dynasty.

The "Ghostbusters" director is the father of fellow filmmaker Jason Reitman, a Montreal-born, four-time Oscar nominee who just announced plans to carry on his dad's torch with the supernatural comedy film franchise.

On Tuesday, Jason Reitman confirmed via Twitter that he will direct a new instalment in the "Ghostbusters" series for Sony Pictures, with a release set for summer 2020.

Meanwhile, comedy star Catherine Reitman, who is Ivan Reitman's daughter, announced last week that her Toronto-shot CBC TV series "Workin' Moms" is being picked up by Netflix in the U.S.

Here's a rundown on the Reitmans:

IVAN REITMAN

Born in Slovakia, his family came to Canada in 1950 when he was four. He studied at Hamilton's McMaster University, where he started directing several short films before moving to Los Angeles.

Reitman has been a director and producer, for the screen and stage, and co-owns the Montecito Picture Company.

He rose to prominence producing 1978's "National Lampoon's Animal House" and then directing a string of other comedies, including "Meatballs," "Stripes," the first two "Ghostbusters" films, and "Kindergarten Cop."

Reitman's other producing credits include the 2009 drama "Up in the Air," which was helmed by Jason Reitman and got six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director.

The elder Reitman, who is married to Quebec actress Genevieve Robert, also produced a 2016 female-led "Ghostbusters" reboot.

Reitman was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2007 and has been nominated for an Emmy and BAFTA, among other honours. …

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