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Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 - What We Know So Far

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" follows a family of three that moves into an inherited home in an isolated countryside. They soon discover their family's legacy of being ghostbusters and are forced into the precarious situation of having to save the small town, and the world by extension. 

Directed by Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan brought the two 1980s films to the screen, and starring Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace, "Afterlife" debuted at the end of 2021. While a surge of a COVID-19 variant likely damaged some of its box office potential, the film still pulled in nearly $200 million in ticket sales worldwide. The film also received a warm welcome from critics and fans, boasting a fresh rating from each group on Rotten Tomatoes, alongside a 7.1/10 on IMDb. All around, the film seemed to be a solid win for Sony Pictures, but very little word surfaced in the aftermath of "Afterlife" to indicate if audiences would be getting more ghostly adventures.

However, in 2022 things have changed. News has broken about Reitman's future with the series, as well as Sony giving a promising announcement at 2022's CinemaCon in Los Vegas.

A new Ghostbusters film is being developed

At 2022 CinemaCon, Sony made a simple brief mention stating that another "Ghostbusters" film is in the works (via CinemaBlend). No release date or team of creatives was officially announced. Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony, also confirmed the new film in a May 2022 interview with Deadline.

Sony Pictures signed Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan, the film's director/co-writer and executive producer/co-writer respectively, to create an in-house production company at the end of 2021. This suggests that the pair will be driving forces behind future "Ghostbusters" films. However, the new film may not necessarily be a sequel to "Afterlife." 

Talking with Insider, Reitman commented "When Paul [Feig] made his movie, he kind of broke the doors open. Suddenly a 'Ghostbusters' film did not have to be about those four original guys in Manhattan. That was a big moment." He also added "I want to see all kinds of 'Ghostbusters' movies. I want to see 'Ghostbusters' movies from all my favorite filmmakers, coming from all kinds of different cultures and different countries. Paul really did the hard work so that I could make [Afterlife]."

Paul Feig directed 2016's "Ghostbusters" which starred an all female ghostbusting team of Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The film lost money against its $144 million budget, and received harsh, viral trolling online. "Afterlife" was a continuation of the first two films from the 1980s and mostly sidestepped the 2016 film without comment.