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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Paul Rudd, Logan Kim, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Celeste O'Connor in Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

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  • Finn Wolfhard
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  • 1 win & 21 nominations total

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'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire': Release Date, Cast, Plot, and Everything We Know so Far

Looks like the Ghostbusters may be being called back to the city where it all began.

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Two years after the Ghostbusters franchise was resurrected with the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife , everyone's favorite ghost hunters and the rest of the Spengler family are set to return with an all-new fifth installment, titled Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire .

Following the trend of legacy sequels and "requels", Sony decided to make a more direct follow-up to Ghostbusters II with Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Directed by Ivan Reitman 's son, Jason Reitman , the official third film in the main Ghostbusters series has generally been the best-received sequel in the series, with fans and critics alike loving the characters both new and familiar and praising the movie as a heartwarming tribute to the late Harold Ramis . When Egon's grandchildren and the rest of the Ghostbusters defeated Gozer ( Olivia Wilde ) for a second time, only one question remained for those sitting in the audience - where will we see the Ghostbusters next? The answer is the temporarily titled Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire , which will continue the story where Ghostbusters: Afterlife left off. To find out more about the upcoming movie's returning cast, new director, release date, and more, here is everything we know so far about Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire .

Editor's Note: This article was updated on November 8.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire was initially slated to release in theaters on Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 . However, in late July 2023, Sony Pictures revealed that the film was being pushed back to March 29, 2024 (Easter weekend), due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA Strikes. Currently scheduled on the same date is the Robert Pattinson-led sci-fi film Mickey 17 , which is Academy Award winner Bong Joon-ho 's much-anticipated followup to Parasite .

All the prior Ghostbusters feature films have been released in theaters, and that isn't expected to change with Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire . As far as streaming goes, the Ghostbusters franchise's parent company Sony doesn't have its own in-house streaming service, but they do regularly partner with and release its content on Netflix, as they did with its recent films like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and No Hard Feelings . Sony and Netflix also announced in June 2022 that Jason Reitman would be producing a new Ghostbusters animated series for the streaming service.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Kingdom will be bringing the franchise back to its New York roots and will be set during the summer. The official synopsis from Sony reads:

In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire , the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

Jason Reitman also did reveal that there is an opportunity that we'll see other characters from Ghostbusters past, such as the main villain of Ghostbusters II , Vigo the Carpathian ( Wilhelm von Homburg ):

"There is a lot of time and opportunity for Vigo the Carpathian to make his return. Look, are you saying that’s the only painting of Vigo the Carpathian? Maybe, he’s riding a horse in another one, maybe, impaling someone in another one.”

It makes sense that the future villains of the franchise could be familiar faces, as we saw with the return of Gozer and her minions in Ghostbusters: Afterlife .

The first teaser trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire was released by Sony Pictures on November 8. Opening with the classic Bananarama song "Cruel Summer," before transitioning into a score that harkens back to the original films, the trailer sees summertime in New York being disrupted by the "Death Chill," an icy paranormal force that sends the city into a second ice age.

Nearly the entire main cast from Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be returning for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire . Namely, these include the family of Egon Spangler, including McKenna Grace as Egon's granddaughter, Phoebe, Finn Wolfhard as Egon's grandson, Trevor, and Carrie Coon as Egon's daughter, Callie. Also confirmed to return are the kids' school teacher and Callie's potential partner Grooberson ( Paul Rudd ), Phoebe's best friend Podcast ( Logan Kim ), and Trevor's friend Lucky ( Celeste O'Connor ).

Also returning for the new film are Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz, Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman, Ernie Hudson as Dr. Winston Zeddemore, Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz, and William Atherton as Walter Peck.

Unfortunately, Sigourney Weaver will not be returning for this movie. Weaver played the Ghostbusters' first customer Dana Barrett who was featured in the first two movies and reprised the role in Afterlife in a cameo appearance.

The sequel will also include several new faces joining the cast , including Kumail Nanjiani ( The Big Sick ), Patton Oswalt ( Ratatouille ), James Acaster ( Cinderella ), and Emily Alyn Lind ( Doctor Sleep ).

James Reitman took over directing duties from his father Ivan Reitman to bring Ghostbusters: Afterlife to...well, life. This time though, Reitman will be stepping away from the directing chair to make room for Gil Kenan , the filmmaker with tons of "kids fighting monsters" experience having directed Monster House . Reitman won't be going far though, as he's still attached to co-write and co-produce along with Kenan. Also attached to the film are two members of the original Afterlife crew, including co-producer Jason Blumenfeld ( Tully ) and cinematographer Eric Steelberg ( Juno ).

It's somewhat remarkable that the Ghostbusters series was almost always destined to be a smaller cult classic, yet proved to be the start of a smash-hit franchise. Things didn't start out so great for the original 1984 film, with the first entry only making about half of its budget in its opening weekend. By today's standards, a poor opening weekend is the kiss of death for movies, as that's typically the time when most blockbusters make the most of their money. Yet, Ghostbusters proved to be an underdog story outside the film itself, ultimately grossing over $200 million USD, a total that surpassed the film's budget seven times over. The reason? Audiences fell in love with director Ivan Reitman's fantastical ghostly vision of New York as well as the instantly likable characters of the wise-cracking Peter (Bill Murray), the enthusiastic Ray (Dan Aykroyd), the genius Egon (Harold Ramis), and the practical Winston (Ernie Hudson).

Lightning didn't quite strike twice five years later with the film's sequel, Ghostbusters II - a solid but not stellar sequel that failed to recapture the iconic and memorable feel of its predecessor. That being said, it still made a ton of money and officially marked Ghostbusters as a viable franchise, leading to various animated shows, video games, theme park attractions, and as many probably know, a full remake. Yes, to say that Paul Feig 's was controversial would be like saying Slimer likes to eat a little too much. Many likely remember that the 2016 reboot, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call , became the subject of some pretty toxic discourse on the internet, and while the film does certainly have its fans , the film ultimately underperformed at the box office, and plans for a sequel were ultimately dropped.

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‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ First Trailer Released

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It’s taken a long time for the Ghostbusters film franchise to reach this point. We’ve finally reached the fifth film in the series, titled Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire , notably the fourth in the original Ghostbusters canon, and Sony has dropped the brand-new teaser trailer.

The new film is a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife , which acted as a direct sequel to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 . Fans waited decades for a third Ghostbusters movie, and while there was 2016’s remake, this was the first time that fans got to return to the original continuity in live-action since the first sequel.

Now the newest continuation is set to further expand the new narrative while bringing things closer to the original films, including an emphasis on New York City . Indeed, this new teaser trailer is sure to make fans happy.

Here’s the new teaser trailer for the all-new Ghostbusters film:

The new sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife was directed by Gil Kenan.

The cast of the film includes Patton Oswalt, Kumail Nanjiani, James Acaster, and Emily Alyn Lind. Ernie Hudson, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd , and Carrie Coon also star.

The plot of the previous film revolved around Egon Spengler’s family, with the character having passed away prior to the main events of the film. Now his grandchildren begin to discover the legacy that he left behind and the return of a sinister supernatural presence.

This gradually led us back to the original Ghostbusters team, including the iconic characters played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. It was a fun way to explore a new narrative while also catching fans up with their favorite characters. Now we’ll get to see how this next sequel takes things a step further.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 29, 2024. It’s certainly going to be a great way to spend the beginning of next year – especially considering it’ll be the 40th anniversary of the original Ghostbusters film!

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Where to Watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Everything you need to know about the newest ghostbusters film..

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Originally set to arrive in 2020, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will finally premiere in theaters on November 19, 2021. In this sequel to the original Ghostbusters films, Jason Reitman will not only be directing a new generation of Ghostbusters actors like Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Carrie Coon, and Paul Rudd, but he is also welcoming back original cast members like Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver.

Considering this is one of the most-anticipated movies of the year, this guide will let you know how you can watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife, if it’s any good, and much more.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer Breakdown

The new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife introduces viewers to a world where the events of the first two Ghostbusters films appear to have been forgotten or are at least unknown to today’s youth. Through the journey of the kids at the center of this film -- siblings Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) -- they and the viewer rediscover how bustin’ makes you feel good. So let’s dive into all the callbacks to the first two films we caught in the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, starting with the biggest reveal first…

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Release Date

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be released on November 19, 2021.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be released exclusively in theaters, meaning there will be no day-and-date release on any streaming platform.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer

You can watch the final Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer right here:

What Is Ghostbusters: Afterlife?

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set in the small town of Summerville, Oklahoma, and tells the story of Carrie Coon's Callie, a single mom who left Chicago with her two children after hearing of her long-estranged father's passing — a father she never even knew. When they settle in their new home, they quickly discover they are connected to a team of paranormal investigators named the Ghostbusters and that their father/grandfather may have been one of its key members.

As supernatural phenomena begin to occur, the family and their friends must solve a mystery linked to the relocation of their father/grandfather and use the equipment made famous by the Ghostbusters to save the town and possibly the world.

Directed by Jason Reitman, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a follow-up to the events from 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters 2, which were both directed by Jason’s father Ivan Reitman.

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set," Jason said in an interview with EW. "I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans. 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.”

How Long Is Ghostbusters: Afterlife?

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is two hours and four minutes long.

What Is Ghostbusters: Afterlife Rated?

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “supernatural action and some suggestive references.”

Is Ghostbusters: Afterlife Good?

Ghostbusters: Afterlife has received relatively good reviews ahead of its premiere. It is currently sitting at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes and 59 on Metacritic. We were on the higher end in our Ghostbusters: Afterlife review , giving it a 9/10 and saying, “A delightfully lovely movie that will satisfy those who grew up with Ramis, Hudson, Murray, and Aykroyd, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will make youngsters fall just as in love with the new generation.”

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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