One of the most popular franchises of the 80’s returns from the grave in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the new Ghostbuster movie.
Directed by Ivan Reitman, the first film in the series was released in 1984 under the title Ghostbusters and introduced us to the team of parapsychologists conformed by Peter (Bill Murray), Ray (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon (Harold Ramis), who are joined by Janine (Annie Potts) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) to protect New York from paranormal threats. The film was so successful that it positioned itself as one of the highest-grossing films of the decade and gave rise to an endless number of derived products such as animated series, comic books and video games.
Thanks to its great success, the franchise produced the sequel Ghostbusters II (1989) and, 27 years later, a reboot of the saga titled Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016) starred entirely by women, which turned out to be a box office failure. Due to the poor performance of the reboot, all plans to develop sequels were canceled, until Sony Pictures was reported to be secretly working on a sequel to the original saga.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman, nominated to Best Director in the Academy Awards for his films Juno (2007) and Up in the Air (2009), and son of the original director of the first two films. Afterlife is a direct sequel to Ghostbusters II and features performances by Mckenna Grace in the role of Phoebe Spengler, Finn Wolfhard as Trevor Spengler, and Paul Rudd as Mr. Grooberson. The Spenglers will discover their family relationship with a former member of the Ghostbusters and take on the mission of battling the paranormal, this time in an adventure story inspired by productions like Stranger Things (2016) and It (2017).
It has been confirmed that Ghostbusters: Afterlife will feature the cast of the original films, and while it was slated to hit theaters in July 2020, Sony has decided to postpone to the year 2021 the release dates for this film, as well as others like Morbius, due to the pandemic of the COVID-19 or coronavirus.