The road to Ghostbusters’ new lease-of-life in the 2021 Afterlife sequel has been a rocky one. Several attempts have been made to reimagine the original cast over the decades, while 2016’s Paul Feig-directed reimaginings were slowly received.
Speaking to Total Film ahead of its new issue, Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman hopes the upcoming release will reverse that trend — and lead to a new boom period for the “busting franchise.”
“The last thing I wanted to do was close the door on Ghostbusters,” Reitman says. “I wanted to choose something that would be available to many other storytellers to tell Ghostbusters stories. This is one of the great franchises, so one of our goals was to make a film that would lead to more Ghostbusters movies as a whole. “
Like the clappers on the original in 1984, Ghostbusters: Afterlife aims to captivate a whole new generation—and prove that Ghostbusters is still alive and slimming for years to come.
Elsewhere, you can now watch a trio of exclusive images from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, as long as you’re not afraid of a ghost. Or the proton pack.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens in UK cinemas on November 18 and in the US on November 19. For more on the film from Reitman and his cast, get a copy of the new issue of Total Film Magazine When it hits shelves (real and digital) starting Thursday, October 14th.
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