Who you gonna call? Ivan Reitman, it seems.
Stranger Things’ upcoming second season isn’t short on iconic ‘80s imagery, including a shout-out to the director’s 1984 hit Ghostbusters in one Halloween scene, where we see our intrepid quartet don those famous Slimer-busting brown duds.
Still, Stranger Things’ creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, couldn’t just straight-up pop that reference into the show. First, they needed to get the blessing of Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd, who cowrote Ghostbusters’ screenplay.
“We got to talk to Ivan Reitman on the phone because he and Dan Aykroyd had to approve it,” Matt Duffer tells Entertainment Weekly.
Turns out, they didn’t need to do much convincing: Reitman, Matt recalls, “said it was flattering,” and, later, “he read the scripts.”
The director had also seen the show’s first season (“or at least had heard of it or pretended like he had,” Matt quips) and “they were really into being part of the show.”
The best part? “Then they sent us all these Ghostbusters toys at the end of the shoot,” Matt says.
Of course, Stranger Things’ success has been largely fueled by an insatiable clamoring for ‘80s nostalgia (that synth theme’s now playing on loop in our heads... again), and Season 2’s promo blitz has paid homage to everything from Goonies to Firestarter.
Fans can finally get their full fix — ectoplasm or none — when Stranger Things Season 2 drops on Friday on Netflix.