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Ivan Reitman was a Czechoslovak-born Canadian film and television director, producer, and screenwriter. He was best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He was the owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 1998.
Notable films Reitman directed include Meatballs (1979), Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), Twins (1988), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Dave (1993), and Junior (1994). Reitman also served as producer for such films as Animal House (1978), Beethoven (1992), Space Jam (1996), and Private Parts (1997).
|Net Worth||$100 million|
|Occupation||Film Producer, Director, Screenwriter|
|Age||75 years (ATD)|
Ivan Reitman OC was born on October 27, 1946, until his death on February 12, 2022). He was born in the predominately ethnic Hungarian town of Komárno (known as Komárom in Hungarian), Czechoslovakia. Ivan is the son of Klara and Ladislav “Leslie” Reitman. Both of Reitman’s parents were Hungarian Jews; his mother survived the Auschwitz concentration camp and his father was an underground resistance fighter.
His family arrived in Canada as refugees when Reitman was four years old. Reitman attended Oakwood Collegiate in Toronto and was a member of the Twintone Four singing group. He attended McMaster University, receiving a Bachelor of Music in 1969. At McMaster, he produced and directed many short films.
Reitman’s first producing job was with the then-new station CITY-TV in Toronto. CITY was also the home of the first announcing job of his later friend and collaborator Dan Aykroyd. However, Reitman’s tenure at CITY was short and he was fired during his first year by station owner Moses Znaimer. In Toronto, he produced the stage production Spellbound (1973) which evolved into Broadway production The Magic Show.
Reitman’s first commercial film ventures were as a producer of two films for director David Cronenberg, Shivers (1975), and Rabid (1977). His big break came when he produced National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978 and directed Meatballs in 1979. From there, he directed and produced a number of comedies including Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Legal Eagles (1986), Twins (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Dave (1993), Junior (1994), Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), Evolution (2001), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), and No Strings Attached (2011).
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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. 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), 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).
In 2000 Reitman founded The Montecito Picture Company, a film production company located just south of Santa Barbara. In 2007, Reitman was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. He next produced the comedy I Love You, Man (2009), starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Also in 2009, he produced the Academy Award-nominated film, Up in the Air, directed by his son Jason Reitman. Later, Reitman had planned to direct the erotic thriller Chloe (2009), but he couldn’t attract the cast he wanted; so Reitman decided to only serve as a producer and asked Atom Egoyan to direct the film. Chloe has since enjoyed commercial success and became Egoyan’s biggest moneymaker ever.
In his final decade, Reitman also co-produced the biographical film Hitchcock, released on November 23, 2012, directed the 2014 sports drama Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner, and served as executive producer on 2021’s Space Jam: A New Legacy as he had done for the first film. In mid-January 2019, news of a new Ghostbusters film, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, came through with Ivan’s son Jason Reitman taking over as co-writer and director. Ivan remained producer and stood in for Ramis as Egon Spengler using digital makeup. The film was released on November 19, 2021, and was his final film in his lifetime.
In the early 1980s, Tom Mankiewicz wrote a script for a film entitled The Batman, with Reitman attached to direct. He planned to cast Meatballs star Bill Murray as Batman, David Niven as Alfred Pennyworth, William Holden as Commissioner James Gordon, and singer David Bowie as The Joker. Following the deaths of Holden and Niven and rewrites of the script, Reitman left the project and was replaced by Gremlin’s director Joe Dante, but the film was never made.
In April 1996, it was reported that Reitman was attached to produce, and possibly direct, a Wonder Woman film. However, three years later, he passed the project on to writer Jon Cohen and left for unknown reasons. In 2000 Reitman along with Wolfgang Petersen, Rob Reiner, M. Night Shyamalan, Alan Parker, Tim Robbins, Terry Gilliam, Brad Silberling, and Peter Weir were considered to direct Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone but the directing job was given to Chris Columbus instead.
In March 2007, New York magazine, citing no sources, stated that Sony Pictures Entertainment wanted to replace Reitman on Ghostbusters III with a younger director, but that Reitman’s original contract precluded this. In early 2010, it appeared as if Reitman would direct the film, but in September 2014, after Harold Ramis’ death, Paul Feig was officially set to direct a new film, which was released in 2016 as a reboot of the franchise.
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In March 2012, it was reported that a sequel of Twins, entitled Triplets, was in the works and that Reitman would co-produce the film. Deadline reported in September 2021 that Reitman would both direct and produce Triplets and that the shooting was scheduled to begin in January 2022. In 2013, it was revealed that Reitman had plans to make a sequel to Evolution, but they never came to fruition.
In June 2016, it was reported that Reitman would produce the upcoming animated series Ghostbusters: Ecto Force. In July 2017, Reitman stated that Ecto Force had been postponed to focus on an animated Ghostbusters film that he would produce and co-direct alongside Fletcher Moules. As of September 2021, there has been no update on either project.
Cause of Death
Reitman died in his sleep at his home in Montecito, California, on February 12, 2022, at the age of 75. However, in 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada “for his contributions as a director and producer, and for his promotion of the Canadian film and television industries”. In April 2011 he received the Mayor’s Prize at his native city of Komárno, Slovakia. In 2014, he said “I’ve always been something of a conservative-slash-libertarian.”
Ivan Reitman was married to Geneviève Robert, they had their wedding in 1976. He had two daughters and a son, Jason, who is a film director best known for his films Juno, Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. His daughter Catherine is the creator, executive producer, writer, and star of the CBC comedy series Workin’ Moms. His other daughter, Caroline, attended Santa Barbara City College. Reitman’s wife is a convert to Judaism.
Ivan Reitman net worth
How much is Ivan Reitman worth? Ivan Reitman’s net worth is estimated at around $100 million. His main source of income was from his career as a film and television director, producer, and screenwriter. His successful career earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He was one of the richest and most influential movie producers in Canada.