Well, that was unexpectedly emotional. Almost a year on from the announcement of a new Ghostbusters movie that would serve as a continuation of the original classics, the first trailer has landed. Ghostbusters Afterlife will arrive in cinemas next year, and if the finished movie can match the teaser, then we’ve got something special on our hands.
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
The trailer confirms that the grandfather in question is Egon Spengler. The tragic passing of Harold Ramis was always going to make any direct sequel impossible, and I don’t mind telling you I got something in my eye when his Ghostbusters suit was revealed. Paul Rudd co-stars as a teacher who has his own connection with the Ghostbusters as he saw them in action as a child during the events of the first movie. The legacy continues as Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman, the filmmaking son of Ghostbuster director Ivan.
In short, this is exactly the batton passing sequel that Dan Aykroyd had been trying to make for years. At one point Seth Rogen and Will Smith were eyed for respective roles, but that version never came to pass. A young cast, bags of nostalgia, eternally youthful Paul Rudd, the original surviving cast (minus Rick Moranis) reprising their roles. Sony, take my money already.
Starring Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, with original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. Ghostbusters Afterlife will be released in cinemas on July 10, 2020. For a little extra footage (mostly towards the end), check out the International trailer below.