It’s a case of, “Who you gonna call (again)?”, in 2020 as Sony’s new Ghostbusters movie gets an official title and release date. After the controversy surrounding Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, the studio hopes that a back to basics approach will be the ghoulish giant the franchise deserves.
Fans have been waiting for an official sequel to Ghostbusters II since 1989, which makes 2020’s movie a big step for the limbo-locked franchise. Since the early ’90s, Bill Murray and the rest of the gang have been teasing another turn in the Ecto-1. Although there’s a cast of fresh faces in 2020’s movie, the old guard will be handing over their proton packs to a new breed of Busters.
The movie has been called Ghostbusters 2020 up until now, but according to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the next movie in the long-running spook series is titled Ghostbusters: Afterlife. As well as an official title, the movie is heading toward a July 10, 2020 release.
Newcomers include Marvel Cinematic Universe favourite Paul Rudd, Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard, and Captain Marvel‘s Mckenna Grace. However, the big pull is the return of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. It’s been a long time coming, but most of the original cast will be back in action next year.
Aykroyd originally wrote a script for Ghostbusters III: Hellbent in the ’90s, which would’ve seen the original line-up transported to Manhellton (a hellish version of Manhattan) to face the devil himself. Sadly, script complications, a lack of interest from Columbia Pictures, and the death of Harold Ramis left Ghostbusters confined to its own purgatory until Feig took the reins.
Over the years, there’s been the animated Real Ghostbusters that served as a spin-off/sequel to the main story and the aforementioned Answer the Call that was once pitched as part of a larger Ghostbusters world, but Aykroyd never managed to get the boys back together properly. Although the surviving cast members all appeared in Answer the Call, it was a meta take where they played brand new characters.
Filming on Ghostbusters: Afterlife wrapped in November — with director Jason Reitman sharing a behind-the-scenes snap — meaning we’re expecting a full trailer any day now.
Even though there’s no official word on what Afterlife‘s story will involve, there are rumours the younger members of the cast could somehow be related to one (or multiple) Ghostbusters from the early days.
We’ve already seen a cryptic teaser of the Ecto-1 being unveiled in a creepy barn, but we’ll have to stay tuned on whether Ghostbusters: Afterlife can live up to the fun and frights of its predecessor or it’s going to be just another Answer the Call.
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