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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Sequel: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

The ’80s are a beacon of nostalgia, from the music and video video games to tv and flicks. The period introduced us Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, quite a few John Hughes romps, and Ghostbusters. From the librarian’s terrified scream and the movie’s unforgettable theme music, Ghostbusters grabs you in its Proton Pack stream and doesn’t let go. The eccentric and hysterical performances from stars Bill Murray, Harold Ramis (R.I.P.), and Dan Aykroyd completely complement straight man Ernie Hudson. Writing duo Aykroyd and Ramis’ script and Ivan Reitman’s route seamlessly mix laughs with some genuinely creepy scares and results that also maintain up almost forty years later.

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The film spawned a mini-empire of toys, lunchboxes, an animated sequence, and something you could possibly slap the long-lasting emblem on. And, in fact, a (underappreciated) sequel, Ghostbusters II, in 1989. And then, for almost 30 years, nothing. No neatly wrapped franchise, simply 2/3 of a trilogy and years of rumors of Ghostbusters III. In 2016 we received the female-led reboot Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. But it simply wasn’t the identical as closing it out with the unique crew.

In 2021, we received the subsequent neatest thing, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the place the descendants of Egon take over the busting duties, and we get a satisfying jiffy of display screen time from the remaining Ghostbusters. This form of trilogy is getting one other installment with a Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel. Here’s what we learn about it up to now.


The Plot

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The sequel was solely lately greenlit, so there isn’t a lot to go on apart from a primary plot. The brush, cornfields, and small city strip of Summerville, OK, will probably be traded in for the setting of the unique two movies, New York City. The beloved Ghostbusters transformed firehouse can also be mentioned to be the bottom of operations for the sequel.

Related: The Coolest Ghosts From the Ghostbusters Franchise, Ranked

With Gozer blasted again to a different dimension in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, it’s a protected wager that that portal is closed for good. It wrapped up the unique lore of Ghostbusters properly, tying up free ends just like the madman architect behind Dana Barrett’s “spook central” residence constructing in addition to Egon’s personal story.

Is there any probability of revisiting Vigo, the painting-trapped bogeyman from Ghostbusters II? Possibly, although, it will be just a little too lazily formulaic to as soon as once more pit the brand new Ghostbusters up in opposition to a ghoul from the unique staff’s previous. Maybe a reference or two to Vigo would match properly.

History is probably going wealthy with scary individuals upon which the subsequent antagonist and story could possibly be primarily based, so there’s no scarcity of inspiration for the writing staff of the sequel.

The Cast and Crew

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All indicators level to the forged of Ghostbusters: Afterlife returning for its sequel. This includes McKenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, and Finn Wolfhard. Hopefully, the OG roster of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore will make an look to lend some recommendation to the brand new blood behind the wheel of Ecto-1.

The latest gamers are a superb staff in Afterlife, significantly McKenna Grace (The Handmaid’s Tale) because the inquisitive, sensible Lisa Simpson-esque Phoebe Spengler. Carrie Coon takes the struggling single mother position to new and extra fascinating ranges as Callie Spengler. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) performs the Bart to the aforementioned Lisa with ease and allure as Trevor Spengler. And Paul Rudd is simply Paul Rudd, which is to say terrific.

One notable change within the residing among the many useless of the Afterlife sequel is director Jason Reitman, who will probably be stepping right down to co-write as an alternative and produce the sequel.

Related: Ernie Hudson Gives Positive Script Update on Ghostbusters 4

In a Deadline piece, Reitman mentioned:

“A few years ago, my father handed me the keys to Ecto-1, and together we made Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Words will never express how grateful I am to have made a film with my father by my side. It’s now time to hand those keys to my creative partner and fellow Ghostbuster Gil Kenan, a brilliant director who will keep the Spengler spirit alive. I can only hope to provide him the same producorial care and support that my father showed me.”

Afterlife co-writer Gil Kenan will take over directing duties for the sequel:

“It’s an absolute honor to pick up the proton pack and step behind the camera for the next chapter of the Spengler family saga,” mentioned Kenan. “I just wish I could go back to 1984 and tell the kid in the sixth row of the Mann Valley West that one day he was going to get to direct a Ghostbusters film.”

It’s good to know one other Ghostbusters fan will probably be calling the pictures on this sequel, simply as we liked that Reitman, the son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, was tapped to proceed the franchise his father helped construct.

Release Date

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The arrival of the sequel is slated for December 2023, a fairly fast turnaround contemplating we simply received the official information it was occurring.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife honorably carried on the custom of the unique two movies, taking the combat in opposition to ill-willed spirits from the sprawling metropolis streets to bumpy backroads. It took dangers and delivered a worthy follow-up to its predecessors, even when we needed to wait 30 years.

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