DISAPPEARANCE – The producer and director, who signed the first two parts of the saga, died in his sleep on February 12.
“Our family mourns the unexpected loss of a husband, father and grandfather who taught us to always seek the magic in life.“said the family of Ivan Reitman in a statement sent to the AP and relayed by Variety. The producer and director whose hit comedies of the 1970s and 1980s included the first two installments of ghostbusters, died in his sleep on February 12 in Montecito, California. The cause of death has not been revealed. He was 75 years old.
Ivan Reitman was born on October 27, 1946 in Komamo, Czechoslovakia. His mother survived the Auschwitz extermination camp and his father fought in the Czech resistance. The family emigrated to the United States in 1950 to escape the repressive post-war communist regime.
Raised in Toronto, Canada, where he met future stars Dan Ackroyd and Rick Moranis, Ivan Reitman began his career as a producer before moving into directing. His first commercial success as a producer, pet house (1978), consecrated comic actor John Belushi to the cinema.
His move to directing will propel Bill Murray to stardom with comedy Stop rowing, you’re on the sand. A prelude to worldwide success Ghostbusters which he directed and produced in 1984 with a second part in 1989. The fine team Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Harold Moranis then shared the spotlight with Sigourney Weaver. After a disappointing sequel filmed by Paul Feig in 2016, Ivan Reitman’s son, Jason (Juno, On the Air…), took over the reins of this cult saga. Strongly tinged with nostalgia, Ghostbusters: Legacythe sequel to the first episode, was released last December.
In addition to his cult comedy, Ivan Reitman has to his credit the achievements Junior, Kindergarten Cop and Twins, reconfiguring the career of action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger as a comedic actor. Films that have completed his reputation as the undisputed master of popular comedy. The 2000s will have been less glorious, however, with films such as Evolution (with David Duchovny), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (with Uma Thurman)or Sex Friends (with Natalie Portman) with more mixed successes.