Ghostbusters fans, rejoice! The legacy continues. Thirty years after, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are now going in and about ghost hunting after their 1984 Ghostbusters movie. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a sequel that is directed by Jason Reitman, and this time with a whole new team!
Jason Reitman is just about the perfect choice for directing this movie as he is the son of Ivan Reitman, who also led a lot of the 1980s of film. For fans out there, you may recall Reitman with his mother and sister during the original movie. They were the residents who were fleeing from the tall haunted building.
Reitman didn’t want to follow the footsteps of his father but then gave in “I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set,” Reitman told EW back in January. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day?”
The official synopsis goes as this “A single mother and her two children move to Summerville, Oklahoma, after inheriting property from a previously unknown relative. They discover their family’s legacy to the original Ghostbusters, who have become something of a myth, as many have long since forgotten the events of the ‘Manhattan Crossrip of 1984’”—i.e., the events of the original film. Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) plays mom Callie, while Mckenna Grace (The Haunting of Hill House) plays her science-loving daughter Phoebe. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) plays son, Trevor.
“As the family arrives at an old farm, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters,” Reitman said during the interview with Vanity Fair “Trevor and Phoebe are about to find out who their grandfather was and whether they’re ready to pick up the proton pack themselves.” There were others that were revealed. Also, Phoebe will see a device that reads psychokinetic energy. Paul Rudd plays summer school teacher Mr. Grooberson; the Manhattan Crossrip was his most formative childhood memory, and the audience would see when he gets hold of those vintage ghost straps.
You may find it awkward when the trailer opens as it doesn’t seem to be a Ghostbuster movie. You would see Trevor with his new friends and asking about his family in Sommerville. The family arrives in the town, and Paul Rudd, as Mr. Grooberson tells Trevor “Somehow, a town that is nowhere near a tectonic plate, that has no fault lines, no fracking, no loud music even, is shaking daily.” And then the Ghostbuster factor came in. Phoebe was telling her teacher about her grandfather’s paraphernalia. My grandfather died. My mom says we’re just here to pick through the rubble of his life,”. A voice-over then says, “Call it fate. Call it luck. Call it karma,”
For those waiting for the original cast – Murray, Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett, Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz, Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, and Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz, then it’s for you to find out,. Still, it sounded so that they would appear in the film!
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