In the brand-new comedy film Ghostbusters 4: Afterlife, the original Ghostbusters are back together after more than thirty years. What remains to be seen is if this franchise still has life in it or if it was just its final breath before being contained.
Jason Reitman, the filmmaker of Afterlife, has stated his desire for the series to continue beyond his film. “I think it’s no secret that my father and I would love Ghostbusters mythology to keep growing from Afterlife,” he said. “We wanted to make a movie that would set the table for all kinds of Ghostbusters films.”
Ghostbusters 4 plot
Well, the Ghostbusters: Afterlife post-credit scene definitely set up a sequel. What form it takes, though, we couldn’t say with any certainty, and when we asked Reitman, he didn’t tell us.
He did, however, say that “every culture has a relationship with the supernatural”. It’s possible with the money we’re told Zeddemore made in finance after leaving Ghostbusters, he sets up a new office, and maybe even franchises it out. Perhaps we could see new Ghostbusters offices opening around the world?
A recent tweet from the Ghostbusters official account confirmed the sequel will be the “next chapter in the Spengler family story. This seems to confirm the next film will focus on Phoebe, Trevor, and the rest of the new generation.
That said, we’ve already had them battle the Ghostbuster’s old enemy Gozer, so maybe next time they should face a new enemy. Just keep them away from talking paintings, please.
We also know that the film will pick up in New York City. Where we last saw Zeddemore driving the Ecto-1 back to. So presumably, we’re swapping rural Oklahoma for the concrete jungle?
Jason Reitman has dropped one other tease. In an interview with Uproxx, he said there were story beats introduced in Afterlife that didn’t pay off but could potentially inform a sequel.
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Ghostbusters 4 Cast
We don’t know who will be in the Ghostbusters 4 cast as of now. But we may assume that McKenna Grace will reprise her role as Phebe Spengler. If Phoebe were to return, Carrie Coon would play her mother Callie and Finn Wolfhard would play her brother Trevor.
Even while we’d love to see the old team put on their uniforms once more. We doubt they will all return. It would make sense for Winston Zeddemore to return as Afterlife plainly establishes Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore as the Ghostbusters’ new patron. Similarly, we find that Ray Stantz from Dan Ackroyd’s esoteric book store is still in New York and operating, suggesting that he could return.
On the other side, Bill Murray is the outlier. In the past, Murray has a history of being coy about his desire to rejoin the Ghostbusters franchise. We wouldn’t be shocked if it was the last time we saw Peter Venkman, despite the fact that he did return for Afterlife and may do so again if he loves the screenplay.
Ghostbusters 4 Release Date
On December 20, 2023, Ghostbusters 4 will be released in theatres. The movie was prominently hinted at the end of Ghostbusters: Afterlife before being formally unveiled at CinemaCon 2022.