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October 9, 2021

Very Concerning News About Ghostbusters Afterlife…

TheQuartering [10/8/2021]

Please, no more woke ghostbusters…

According to ScreenRant:

Co-writer/director Jason Reitman opens up about how the 2016 remake of the Ghostbusters franchise influenced the story for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Following an elongated development cycle in which the original Ghostbusters cast, namely Bill Murray, frequently changed their minds on returning for a third film, Sony Pictures would elect to reboot the series with the female-fronted 2016 remake from Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig. Though having seen a generally positive critical reception, the film would ultimately be the target of review bombing from fans and would largely underperform at the box office, losing Sony a reported $70 million.

This underperformance would see plans for sequels scrapped and the Ghostbusters franchise lay dormant for a few years until it was announced that Jason Reitman, son of original director/producer Ivan, would co-write and direct a sequel to the original films. Ghostbusters: Afterlife centers on Callie, daughter to Harold Ramis’ Egon Spengler, as she and her kids are evicted and forced to move to a decrepit Oklahoma farmhouse left to them by Egon. Discovering his old Ghostbusters equipment and ominous supernatural events occurring in the town, Egon’s grandchildren must team with other local kids and science teacher Mr. Grooberson to save the world.

In anticipation of the film’s release next month, Reitman recently spoke with SFX Magazine (via CBR) to discuss Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The co-writer/director opened up about the 2016 reboot’s influence on the new sequel, explaining how it opened his eyes to the possibility of moving past the original cast and the angle he and co-writer Kenan settled on for the story. See what Reitman said below:

“I think that the remake proved, at least to me, the idea that the Ghostbusters could be anyone, and I expanded on this idea with Afterlife while always focusing on the family aspect and the history that was created by the original films. Every Ghostbusters film has, up until now, been about the opening of a company, friendship through the window of a business. [Co-writer] Gil [Kenan] and I wanted to make a movie about family.” 

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