Over three decades, Ivan Reitman has directed and produced such memorable films as “Animal House,” the “Ghostbuster” series, “Stripes,” “Meatballs,” “Six Days Seven Nights,” “Private Parts,” “Space Jam,” “Up in the Air” and “No Strings Attached.”
And he’s far from done. Coming up, he has football comedy “Draft Day,” starring fellow CinemaCon honorees Kevin Costner and Chadwick Boseman, opening April 11, among other projects.
The Czech-born Reitman is the son of Holocaust survivors who fled to Canada in 1950. He studied music before turning his talents to film and theater, where he produced Broadway hit “The Magic Show,” and Off Broadway’s “The National Lampoon Show,” bringing John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray together for the first time, along with Harold Ramis and Joe Flaherty.
Reitman produced many films, including “Beethoven,” through his Northern Lights Entertainment shingle. More recently, he founded and heads the Montecito Picture Co. with his partner Tom Pollock.
Reitman once said, “I’ve always believed in populating my films with characters who we like, who we have some warmth for, who have warmth for each other, who we would like to hang out with, who we emulate in one way or another. It’s not that they all get along, or that they aren’t bad people or people we make fun of. But at the core, there’s a kind of sweetness.”
— Nikara Johns