Jason Reitman promises Ghostbusters: Afterlife treat for drive-in audiences

Jason Reitman has promised a treat for fans who show up early to drive-in screenings of the original Ghostbusters in the U.S.The director, who has helmed the upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife, took to social media to share news that a surprise is…

Jason Reitman has promised a treat for fans who show up early to drive-in screenings of the original Ghostbusters in the U.S.

The director, who has helmed the upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife, took to social media to share news that a surprise is in store for audiences this weekend.

“If you can find a drive-in… There’s a fun little surprise before the movie. Please be safe! Bring your flight suits and a mask!” Reitman wrote, alongside an image of the Ectomobile in front of a drive-in movie screen.

The original 1984 movie, starring Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd, is being shown at outdoor cinemas across the U.S. for the Independence Day weekend.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was originally due to be released in cinemas on 4 July, but was postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic until March next year.

Fans have speculated that the surprise in store is a new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, or footage from the highly-anticipated movie, which stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, and Finn Wolfhard.

Reitman, who is the son of the franchise’s original director, Ivan Reitman, also persuaded the original Ghostbusters stars to reprise their roles for the sci-fi action flick.

Murray recently opened up about returning to the much-loved franchise without the late Harold Ramis, who died in 2014, and Rick Moranis, who has retired from acting.

“They’re greatly missed for so many reasons. They were so much a part of the creation of it and the fun of it,” he said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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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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Paul Rudd still feels like an ‘imposter’ in Hollywood

Paul Rudd sometimes feels like he’s an “imposter” in the acting industry and not as talented as his co-stars. The actor made his movie debut in 1995 teen classic Clueless, and throughout his 25-year career, he has starred in films such as Romeo + Juli…

Paul Rudd sometimes feels like he’s an “imposter” in the acting industry and not as talented as his co-stars.

The actor made his movie debut in 1995 teen classic Clueless, and throughout his 25-year career, he has starred in films such as Romeo + Juliet, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Role Models, Ant-Man, and the most recent Avengers instalments.

Despite having a long and successful career, Rudd has admitted he still feels like he’s not as good as his colleagues.

“I still have that feeling – ‘I’m an imposter, I’m not as good as the people I’m working with,’ or I feel I just don’t have it,” he confessed to British actor Abubakar Salim as part of the BAFTA Breakthrough mentoring scheme, according to Yahoo!

However, Rudd explained that he feels more comfortable if he has written or produced the project, or if he is working with actors he’s collaborated with before.

“I feel like with that stuff it gets a little easier; if I’ve worked on the script it’s a little easier because I know it more and I’ve worked on it from the ground up so I think maybe I feel a little bit more comfortable,” the 51-year-old continued. “I’ve also been lucky too to work with some of the same people and, if I work with people I’ve worked with more than once and we are all on the same page, those experiences I think I probably feel a little less stressed.”

The Captain America: Civil War star will next be seen in cinemas in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The feature was originally meant to be released in July but will now come out in March 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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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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Sony postponing release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius amid coronavirus crisis

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies…

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies set for release in the coming months have been postponed, and on Monday, studio bosses at Sony announced they were shelving the majority of their 2020 releases, the most sweeping move by a major studio since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the fourth instalment in the supernatural comedy franchise, has been moved from its 10 July 2020 opening slot to 5 March 2021, while Morbius, a Marvel Comics adaptation starring Jared Leto as a vampire, has been pushed back from 31 July 2020 to 19 March 2021.

The film adaptation of video game Uncharted, which is set to star Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas, has also been moved from 5 March 2021 to 8 October 2021. The flick, to be directed by Venom’s Ruben Fleischer, has been in development for years, and after being beset by multiple setbacks, it was due to begin filming in March, before the pandemic forced all movie productions to shut down.

Earlier this month, Sony officials announced they were postponing animated sequel Peter Rabbit 2, also known as Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, from March until August, but the movie has been delayed once again and is now without a release date.

Greyhound, a World War II movie starring Tom Hanks, and an untitled Sony/Marvel movie, which were due to be released in June and October, respectively, have been taken off the release schedule indefinitely.

However, one project has been brought forward into 2020 – Kevin Hart’s drama, Fatherhood, will now be released on 23 October 2020 instead of 15 January 2021.

Other big movie releases to be delayed so far include No Time to Die, A Quiet Place II, Wonder Woman 1984, and Fast and Furious 9.

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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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Bill Murray confirmed to return as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Bill Murray has confirmed he’s reprising his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.It was rumoured last year that the Hollywood veteran would be reprising his role as the much-loved scientist alongside Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz and Ernie Hud…

Bill Murray has confirmed he’s reprising his role as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

It was rumoured last year that the Hollywood veteran would be reprising his role as the much-loved scientist alongside Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore in the upcoming sequel.

And in an interview with Vanity Fair on the set of Jason Reitman’s movie, Murray revealed he agreed to return after reading the script last summer.

“The script is good,” Murray explained. “It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting. It’s gonna work.”

The late Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler in both Ghostbusters films, passed away in 2014, and Murray touchingly acknowledged his loss as he reunited with his former co-stars.

“Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” the 69-year-old said. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Reitman, who is the eldest child of Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 original and its 1989 follow-up, insisted to Vanity Fair that each actor will have a “meaningful role”, and explained the latest outing was a touching tribute to his father.

“If I think about who I’m making this movie for, it’s my father,” he shared. “We all know what it’s like to be told stories by our parents. I’m really honored to get a chance to tell one back to him from the world he brought to life.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which also stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace and features appearances from original stars Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, will be in cinemas from 10 July.

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