Movie Ghostbusters Afterlife 2020 Summary
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is an upcoming Hollywood supernatural comedy film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Reitman and Gil Kenan.
The movie is starred by Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd, while Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are from the previous film cast.
It is a direct sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) and is the fourth film in the Ghostbusters franchise overall. Set thirty years after the second film, a family moved to a small town where they discover their connections to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather’s secret legacy.
The third Ghostbusters film was in various stages of development since Ghostbusters II was put in 1989. After Murray refused to commit to the project and after the death of cast member Harold Ramis in 2014, Sony made a restart instead.
After the film under-performed at the box office, Reitman began developing a direct sequel to the original films. The new actors were announced by July 2019, while the original actors were signed two months later.
Movie Ghostbusters Afterlife 2020 Cast
Mckenna Grace as Phoebe
Finn Wolfhard as Trevor
Carrie Coon as Callie
Paul Rudd as Mr. Grooberson
Logan Kim as Phoebe’s classmate
Celeste O’Connor as Trevor’s classmate
Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond “Ray” Stantz
Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore
Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett
Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz
Oliver Cooper as Elton
Bokeem Woodbine as Sheriff Domingo
Marlon Kazadi as Thickneck
Sydney Mae Diaz as Swayze
Tracy Letts as Jack
Movie Ghostbusters Afterlife 2020 Crew members
Directed by Jason Reitman
Produced by Ivan Reitman
Written by Gil Kenan, Jason Reitman
Based on Ghostbusters by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Music by Rob Simonsen
Cinematography by Eric Steelberg
Edited by Dana E. Glauberman, Nathan Orloff
Production company – Columbia Pictures, Bron Creative, Ghost Corps, The Montecito Picture Company, Right of Way Films
Distributed by Sony Pictures
Movie Ghostbusters Afterlife 2020 Release date
Release date – March 5, 2021 (United States)
Country – United States
Language – English
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During the 1990s, following the release of Ghostbusters II, Dan Aykroyd wrote a script for a third film tentatively titled Ghostbusters III: Hellbent.
The idea had the characters moved to an imaginary world form of Manhattan called Manhellton, where the individuals and spots are “devilish” adaptations of Earth, with the Ghostbusters meeting and going up against the devil.
At the time, Aykroyd stated that the studio was interested, though the principal actors (especially Bill Murray) were not. It featured a new, younger group of Ghostbusters, while Ray, Egon, and Winston struggle to keep the business going upon Peter’s relationship becoming serious with Dana. Much of this concept was recycled years later, for Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009.
By 2004, movement on a sequel was revisited by the studio, though Bill Murray again expressed his disinterest in the project, stating that he dislikes sequels. The following year, Ramis confirmed plans to introduce Ben Stiller into the principal cast.
By 2009, the improvement of the venture had slowed down. Both Ramis and Aykroyd subsequently confirmed that the script calls for a new group of younger Ghostbusters, with the latter stating that the cast would feature a gender diversity and include new technology used by the titular team.
By January 2010, Reitman confirmed that he would be directing the film. In March, Murray discussed the development of the film, and his intentions to reprise his role. A release was scheduled for Christmas 2012.
In the October issue of Vanity Fair, Aykroyd commented on the screenplay written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, stating that he was particularly impressed with how Murray’s character had been written, and the implementation of the new team with the original team, while he and Ramis would work on a second draft of the script.
By August 2011, Aykroyd stated that the plan was for filming to begin later that year, with the story of the mantle being assumed by the younger generation. Later, when Murray decided to pass on reprising the starring role of Peter Venkman, Aykroyd announced the possibility that another actor might replace him.
Aykroyd also mentioned that he wanted Moranis to return as Louis Tully. By February 2012, the film was placed on hold as the production team reevaluated the project. Without Murray, the studio looked for replacement on-screen characters and considered including his character as a CGI-rendered phantom.
In June, Murray again acknowledged that all involved were attempting to develop the third film once more before dropping out of the film the following month In July, Aykroyd confirmed that the film was back in development, with a script re-write from Etan Cohen.
Aykroyd said of the script that “It’s got to be perfect. That’s the whole thing. There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect. So that’s what we’re up to now.” By September 2012, Reitman announced the developments of a remake. In May 2013, Aykroyd discussed plot points including real-life experiments being done by college students at Columbia University being a source for inspiration.
The plot will revolve around research being done by the university, which brings about threats from other dimensions with a new team of Ghostbusters forming to save Earth’s plane of existence from supernatural threats. The script reportedly wrote Murray’s character in, with hopes that the actor would decide to join the production.
After the death of Harold Ramis on February 24, 2014, Sony Pictures stated that Ramis would appear in the film through the use of a cameo. With the script needing to be reworked following Ramis’ passing, the project was delayed once again.
By March 2015, it was confirmed that Reitman would not be directing the third film, but would remain as a producer with plans to begin principal photography by early-2015. Sigourney Weaver later revealed that her character’s son will feature as a member of the team. Again, the project delayed as the studio searched for a new director.
Another film associated with the first two movies, likely titled Ghostbusters 3, was uncovered in January 2019. Jason Reitman, son of original director Ivan Reitman, will direct from a script he co-wrote with Gil Kenan, while Ivan Reitman will serve as a producer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit, the film will feature teenagers, two boys and two girls, as the new recruits for the titular team. The film was expected to start production in July 2019 in Calgary for about 15 weeks.
Director Jason Reitman has stated the film will ignore the events of 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig due to its poor audience reception. Later, in February 2019, Reitman stated on a podcast that this film will “hand the movie back to the fans”. Reitman clarified that he did not mean to snub the 2016 film, and that he had “nothing but admiration” for Feig.
Feig himself expressed that Reitman had been a supporter of his film, and that he “can hardly wait to see his interpretation of the Ghostbusters universe”. Reitman later explained the origins of his film, that the idea of a young teenage girl wanting to be a Ghostbuster had come to him, and with a positive reaction from Feig’s film, proved out that the idea that anyone could be a Ghostbuster would work.
Reitman continued that the Ghostbusters franchise could readily expand on this idea with all types of people becoming Ghostbusters, personally thanking Feig for making this possible.
Aykroyd, of Reitman’s script, stated, “Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation.