Jason Reitman teases Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel

Jason Reitman has teased plans for a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife.The 42-year-old directed the latest film in the supernatural comedy saga, starring Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Carrie Coon, which was due to be released in July thi…

Jason Reitman has teased plans for a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

The 42-year-old directed the latest film in the supernatural comedy saga, starring Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Carrie Coon, which was due to be released in July this year.

However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which forced the temporary closure of cinema chains around the world, the movie’s release has been postponed until March 2021.

Discussing the delay during Josh Gad’s Reunited Apart series with stars of the original Ghostbusters flick, Reitman revealed that not only is he still hard at work on post-production for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but is developing a follow-up movie.

“I can’t tell you anything, but we are working on another instalment,” he teased.

And the filmmaker, son of director Ivan Reitman, who helmed the first two Ghostbusters movies, confessed that the delayed release could be beneficial for the movie as he’s had more time for the editing process.

“We have a little bit more time, and look, as a director, I’ve never had this opportunity to actually take a pause and breathe and look at the movie again,” Reitman explained. “I’ve been spending my days editing Ghostbusters, so that’s where I’ve been.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will also see original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver reprising their roles.

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Finn Wolfhard wasn’t allowed to drive iconic Ghostbusters car

Finn Wolfhard wasn’t allowed to drive the iconic Ecto-1 car in Ghostbusters: Afterlife but still had a “mind-blowing” experience filming inside of it.In the upcoming sequel, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace …

Finn Wolfhard wasn’t allowed to drive the iconic Ecto-1 car in Ghostbusters: Afterlife but still had a “mind-blowing” experience filming inside of it.

In the upcoming sequel, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace as members of a family who relocate to a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secrets their grandfather left behind. The trailer features Wolfhard finding the Ghostbusters’ old car and turning it on before driving it around town and through a field.

When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he got used to the idea of driving the iconic car, the 17-year-old admitted he wasn’t allowed to drive the vehicle as he has failed his written test twice.

“I really didn’t. Part of the reason was because I wasn’t allowed to drive it,” he laughed. “But, I was in the driver’s seat, ‘driving,’ and there’s a sequence in the trailer where I’m ripping through this wheat field. There were a few sequences where I got to press the brake pedal, but it was mind-blowing just to be in it.

“They put a Corvette engine inside it so it could be more powerful. I’d ask our first AD (assistant director) and executive producer, Jason Blumenfeld, if I could just start it, and he’d say, ‘Yeah, sure.’ So, I’d start it up, and it would go, ‘Vroom!’ It would just shoot on, and I’d turn it right back off afterwards.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife serves as a direct sequel to the 1984 original and its 1989 follow-up and features appearances from old favourites such as Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver. It was originally due to be released in July but is now expected to hit cinemas in March 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Finn Wolfhard ‘flattered’ to be part of Ghostbusters legacy

Finn Wolfhard feels “flattered” to be part of the Ghostbusters legacy because he grew up watching the films.In the upcoming sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace as members of a fam…

Finn Wolfhard feels “flattered” to be part of the Ghostbusters legacy because he grew up watching the films.

In the upcoming sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Stranger Things actor stars alongside Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace as members of a family who relocate to a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secrets their grandfather left behind.

In an interview with NME, the 17-year-old shared that he was thrilled to be involved in the franchise.

“When I was really young, my parents were really big fans of the original movies, so I grew up watching them,” he said. “Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis – all of those were big, big people in our house. So getting to be a part of that legacy now is very flattering.”

Many of the stars of the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel will be making an appearance in Afterlife, with Murray, Aykroyd, and Hudson confirmed as well as Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver. They join a cast which also includes Paul Rudd, Tracy Letts, and Bokeem Woodbine.

Wolfhard believes his new movie will satisfy fans of the original as well as the younger generation who are completely new to the franchise.

“Older Ghostbusters fans will find it’s a really, really faithful approach to the series,” he explained. “While young people, if not everyone, will find that, first and foremost, Ghostbusters is about family and the relationships that these people have made. It’s also really funny, so I’m really excited for people to see it.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is still slated to hit cinemas in July.

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Paul Rudd to star in new Ghostbusters movie

Paul Rudd has officially joined the cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters movie.The Ant-Man star unveiled the news in a video posted to the official Twitter account for the film on Thursday, with the footage showing him stood in front of the iconic Ghostbu…

Paul Rudd has officially joined the cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters movie.

The Ant-Man star unveiled the news in a video posted to the official Twitter account for the film on Thursday, with the footage showing him stood in front of the iconic Ghostbusters headquarters in New York.

Noting he “loved” the original movies, Paul went on to explain that he was thrilled to be cast in the star-studded project by director Jason Reitman.

“When I heard that Jason Reitman was going to be doing a new version in the fall… my agent called (him) and said, ‘Hey Jason, we hear there’s a part of a young, semi-young strapping man, that needs to be cast, who you gonna call?'” the 50-year-old stated, referring to the famous line from the movie. “When I heard they were going to call me, well as you can imagine, I nearly slimed myself. I can’t wait to join the cast this fall for Ghostbusters. In fact, I’m sliming myself right now.”

The clip was captioned, “Look who accepted the call. #GB20.”

The Leftovers actress Carrie Coon, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, and child actress Mckenna Grace have also been attached to parts in the movie, while original castmembers Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver may make appearances too.

The Juno moviemaker is directing and co-writing the next instalment of the Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 films directed by his father Ivan Reitman.

The sequel, which will be produced by Ivan, will be released by Sony Pictures in summer 2020 and is due to begin filming soon, with the script co-written by Gil Kenan.

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Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard in talks for Ghostbusters sequel

Actress Carrie Coon has been tapped to play the mother of Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard in the new Ghostbusters sequel. Filmmaker Jason Reitman is working on a revamp of the beloved franchise, which will serve as a follow-up to his father Ivan’s …

Actress Carrie Coon has been tapped to play the mother of Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard in the new Ghostbusters sequel.

Filmmaker Jason Reitman is working on a revamp of the beloved franchise, which will serve as a follow-up to his father Ivan’s Ghostbusters II from 1989, and will reportedly focus on a single mother and her family.

Now, according to Variety, Reitman has found his leads in Carrie and Finn, who have entered talks to front the movie.

Further details about the project have yet to be revealed, and it’s not yet known if original franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson will appear in the forthcoming sequel.

Reitman, who is directing from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kenan, gave fans an early glimpse at his Ghostbusters 3 by debuting a teaser in January (19), which featured the fabled Ghostbusters car under a dust cover in a barn.

The movie news was announced less than three years after Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig led Paul Feig’s all-female reboot, but it flopped with critics and fans of the 1980s movies, despite including appearances by Murray, Aykroyd, and Hudson.

Reitman’s version will not be connected in any way to Feig’s film, and the “insulting” revelation left Saturday Night Live star Jones fuming.

However, McCarthy recently weighed in on the controversy, and insisted she was fully supportive of Reitman’s vision.

“I’m for anybody who’s making movies,” she told Entertainment Tonight last month (Feb19). I talked to Jason about it, he’s just always had this idea, and his goes back to the world where the guys (from the original films) did exist and I’m like, ‘I want to see that.’ I’m all for it. I say like, ‘Tell the story.'”

She added, “I think there’s a million stories to be told. He’s a really, really good filmmaker and a really good storyteller, so I will be there buying my ticket. I’m all for it.”

Ghostbusters 3 will be a family affair for Jason as his dad Ivan, who directed the first two installments, will serve as a producer.

Production is due to begin this summer (19), ahead of a July, 2020 launch.

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