Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s Jason Reitman teases another sequel
In the latest episode of Josh Gad’s Reunited Apart which you can check out below, director Jason Reitman has finally opened up about the delayed release of his highly-anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which has been pushed back by Sony Pictures to next year on March 19, 2021. Reitman has revealed that this setback didn’t necessarily affect the film negatively. Hence, it has actually allowed him to spend more time working on the film which has been “extraordinarily valuable.”
“We have a lot of time now.” Reitman said on the status of the upcoming film. “I’ve been spending my days editing Ghostbusters, so that’s where I’ve been.”
He also confirmed that he has already started developing the potential next installment to Afterlife. “I can’t tell you anything, but we are working on another installment. We have a little bit more time, and look, as a director, I’ve never had this opportunity to actually take a pause and breathe and look at the movie again.”
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will focus on a new family with single mom Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two kids, Trevor and Phoebe (Finn Wolfhard & Mckenna Grace) who move into a beaten-down farmhouse in Oklahoma only to discover that there’s something strange in the neighborhood. Unexplained quakes shake the town. There’s an old mine nearby that bears the name of Ivo Shandor, who built the Manhattan high-rise in the 1984 film that channeled the forces of evil. Paul Rudd costars as a local teacher who’s been documenting the unexplained phenomena, befriending Callie and her kids and helping make the connection between the current weirdness and the events of three decades before.
12-year-old Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel, Annabelle Comes Home) stars in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, with Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) playing her mother and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT) as her brother. Paul Rudd (Avengers: Endgame) will be playing a teacher in the film, while Oliver Cooper and Bokeem Woodbine will also be featured. Original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts will reprise their characters.
Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult, Tully) directed the new film, taking over from his father Ivan Reitman who helmed the first two and will produce. Reitman, who had a cameo in 1989’s Ghostbusters 2, co-wrote the script with Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist), who is no stranger to ghost stories.