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Ivan Reitman's Final Movie Is A Bittersweet Capstone To His Career

Though Ivan Reitman was famous as a director, he was also an extremely successful producer. In this capacity, he was involved in a great many projects that ranged from comedies like “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “Space Jam” to more serious fare like “Disturbia.” 

As a producer, Reitman was attached to a number of projects — some of them still at pre-production or announcement stage — until the very end. However, the last Ivan Reitman project that wrapped up during his lifetime held a particular significance on a number of fronts. The movie in question is none other than “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” a canonical sequel to the two Reitman-directed “Ghostbusters” movies. What’s more, the movie is also very much Reitman-directed — at the helm of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was none other than Jason Reitman, Ivan Reitman’s son and an award-winning writer and director of his own right.  

This isn’t the first time the father and the son have worked together — notably, Ivan Reitman produced six-time Oscar nominee “Up in The Air,” which Jason wrote and directed. However, in a joint interview with The Guardian in 2021, it was clear that the father was visibly moved by the fact that the pair were able to work on “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” together, and the son certainly welcomed the experience, as well. “Of course you want people to like your movie,” Jason Reitman said. “But if I had to narrow it down to who I made this movie for, it was my Dad.”

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