Looking back on the eight years it took to make Ghostbusters II, director Ivan Reitman said, I was so concerned about what the public was going to think and whether they would accept it that I really lost track of my own instincts and what I thought might be funny. He wasn’t alone in his thinking — once the film came out and earned $90 million less than its predecessor, fans and critics alike began writing off the franchise as dead and buried. They couldn’t have been more wrong. The Afterlife of the Ghostbusters Franchise

Who’s involved?

It’s directed by Jason Reitman, written by Reitman and Gil Kenan, and stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd. Oh…and there’s gonna be a new theme song too. I think it was supposed to be Missy Elliot or something? Anyway it’ll probably do pretty well. Not that anyone really wants another Ghostbusters movie but you can’t deny a successful franchise is worth some money – especially with how much Netflix is paying for it.


Netflix announced today that it will stream a sequel to the original 1984 film Ghostbuster’s in 2021. While both fans and critics have been waiting for more from the franchise, which has remained dormant since 1989, few could have predicted another installment would land on Netflix. We talked with Gil Kenan, who is directing Ghostbusters: Afterlife, about how he’ll revive a beloved classic for Netflix audiences and what we can expect from his script.

How Is This Like Gilmore Girls?

With any kind of franchise, it’s important to look back at where you started and figure out how you can improve going forward. The afterlife is not unlike Stars Hollow: certain people have left their mark in a permanent way, but something new may be needed if we want to return to that feeling again. A reboot, maybe? Or more spin-offs?

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Why NETFLIX? The Afterlife of the Ghostbusters Franchise

Reitman was initially hesitant to direct, fearing that a gimmick film after his comparatively smaller films (Labor Day and Men, Women & Children) would hurt his credibility. However, Reitman was convinced by producers Dan Aykroyd and Tom Pollock that he was their first choice to direct.

Will There Be A Trailer?

One question that will undoubtedly be on everyone’s mind is whether or not a trailer for the movie will come out before it premieres in 2021. However, no official announcements have been made about when a trailer will premiere. It’s difficult to speculate when a trailer might drop, but with movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Logan dropping their trailers over two years in advance, we can likely expect to see some sort of announcement within a year.

Will Bill Murray Appear?

For many, Bill Murray’s unavailability is a big part of what makes him so intriguing. After all, to quote one online commenter who I suspect may be Will Ferrell, he’s like Sasquatch or something! So will he appear in Ghostbusters: afterlife? We’ll have to wait until 2020—or later—to find out.

How Much Has Been Filmed?

In 2019, Dan Aykroyd revealed that enough material was shot for three more films beyond 2016’s reboot. No word yet on how much—if any—of that footage will be included in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Given Reitman’s involvement, it seems likely that he and Gil Kenan have decided to push forward with those unused scenes. This is great news for fans eager to see more of our favorite slime-slinging heroes in action!

When Does Ghostbusters Release On Netflix?

The film will release on Netflix in 2021. A rebooted version was released in 2016, which was a critical and commercial success; it grossed $180 million worldwide against a $144 million budget. The 2016 version had an impressive 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

What About Ghostbusters 3?

Though many Ghostbusters fans were skeptical about a sequel to 2016’s female-led reboot, that turned out to be another box office success. So will we see a third film? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think, and director Jason Reitman explains why: For me, I have an interesting take on what we do with new technology. We don’t always throw away old tech just because something better comes along.

Q & A

What is next for your characters after they wrap up their original mission? Was there a question from an audience member during your Q&A that you have always wanted to answer, but haven’t gotten around to it yet? What’s been on your mind about these characters and their story? What are you willing to give away about where things are headed for them in future movies or media? Anything at all. Just write. This is for your eyes only.

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Is Ghostbusters: Afterlife connected to Ghostbusters 2016?

There has been a lot of confusion about whether or not Ghostbusters: Afterlife is related to 2016’s Ghostbusters. It is connected, but it is also very different. The director, Jason Reitman, wanted to make a direct sequel that told a new story set in similar universe as the original film while still being original and following its own story at its own pace.

Is Ghostbusters connected to Afterlife?

There has been much debate about whether or not Ghostbusters is actually connected to Paul Rudd’s new movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife. A few years ago, when it was first announced that a third movie was in production, many sources reported that Paul Rudd would be joining for a role. However, no official announcement was ever made to confirm Rudd’s involvement with Reitman’s new film.

Is Ghostbusters: Afterlife a sequel to Ghostbusters 2?

Given some of its plot elements, one could see how some would see Ghostbusters: Afterlife as a sequel to The Real Ghostbusters episode Citizen Ghost. However, it seems that Reitman and Kenan have not made such a claim and that is how we will treat it. (At least for now.) That said, yes, here are five reasons why it is pretty clear that there is no direct connection between Citizen Ghost and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Do you need to watch Ghostbusters before Afterlife?

The new trailer for Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife (as it has been titled now) was released today, and it looks pretty darn good. I mean, great! It looks like a sequel to Ivan Reitman’s 1984 classic that can stand up on its own. That was my biggest fear; Reitman makes fun films as a director, but they often don’t live up to his father’s legacy.

The Afterlife of the Ghostbusters Franchise
The Afterlife of the Ghostbusters Franchise

How did Ghostbusters: Afterlife end?

The movie’s plot is exactly like how all three previous films ended, so it makes sense that its ending would be just as familiar. As in 1984’s Ghosbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters II, evil is vanquished at a significant cost to our heroes. As in 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game, an ordinary citizen becomes a hero when he jumps into action against a supernatural threat.

How did Gozer come back?

To unravel how Gozer came back, we need to examine two theories. The first theory is based on a quote from Egon Spengler during his conversation with Peter Venkman in their restaurant: If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that no matter how permanent your solution seems, it’s only a temporary fix at best. No matter what we do here tonight will most likely be reversed tomorrow. The Afterlife of the Ghostbusters Franchise

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Who is the man in the coffin in Ghostbusters: Afterlife?

Before you read any further, watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife [b] and find out who’s inside that coffin. We won’t tell you… and we won’t ruin it for you. But at some point in your life, it may come up in conversation—and what will you say? You might want to keep a copy of IMDB open on your browser while reading our breakdown. (We did.) Also, there are spoilers ahead!

Will there be another Ghostbusters movie after afterlife?

As many fans know, Bill Murray, who played Dr. Peter Venkman in the original two films, was never interested in returning to his most famous role – and it’s hard to blame him! The actor has made it clear that he did not like working on either Ghostbusters film, especially considering he didn’t believe there would be another sequel. Since then, Murray has made several jokes about getting a call from Ivan Reitman (who directed both films) saying that they were doing another movie.

Is Ghostbusters afterlife the last Ghostbusters movie?

It’s clear that everyone involved with Ghostbusters: Infestation wants to avoid a situation similar to 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot, which may have led to its mediocre box office performance and criticism from fans of the franchise. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Reitman said he never really thought about [the idea] until after it came out and I was watching it happen.

What was the whale joke in the Ghostbusters afterlife?

One of my favorite moments was when they showed they were still paying attention to each other. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) asks Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) what he thinks will happen to them in The Other Side, and Egon replies that it depends on which mythology you follow.

How old is lucky in Ghostbusters afterlife?

How old is lucky in Ghostbuster’s afterlife? In a world where ghosts are real, one can wonder how old certain things may be. Are we sure that a 40-year-old ghost is actually 40 years old in a sense that an actual human would be considered 40? To truly understand how age works in an afterlife filled with ghosts, we need to break down what happens to dead people once they cross over.

What are the ships in Ghostbusters afterlife?

For those who don’t know, here’s a list of all of them. There are three main groups; there are heroes and each hero has a sidekick. For example Egon Spengler (the team leader) and Winston Zeddemore have a famous partnership as they are always seen together. However, not all pairs have been revealed yet so I will be discussing these two pairs first


The future holds many possibilities for The Ghostbusters franchise. Over thirty years since it first graced theaters, and three decades since it became part of popular culture, fans continue to make up their own stories about what happened after New York City’s final showdown with Gozer. Rumors have gone from a fourth movie to a reboot with women in the lead roles to even an animated continuation. The Afterlife of the Ghostbusters Franchise

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