The idea of the “legacy sequel” has been gaining ground in Hollywood in recent years – classic film sequels that introduce a new generation of young characters while revisiting the iconic heroes of the original film(s) at a later stage in their lives. For example, “The Force Awakens”, “Halloween” from 2018 or “Terminator: Dark Fate”.
But the next Ghostbusters: The Afterlife is a sequel to more than one title: first, it takes place in the same universe as the two original films, and members of the classic cast (including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson) return to it. Second, because director Jason Reitman succeeds his father Ivan Reitman, the legendary director of the two previous films.
This time the action moves from New York to rural Oklahoma. The young stars of “Stranger Things”, Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard, play the role of a couple of children who stumble upon the original technology of “Busters”.
Afterlife comes out this summer, more than thirty years after Ghostbusters II was first shown on the big screen, and for Jason Reitman, there was one person in particular he wanted to impress. He was finally able to screen the film in early December.
“My father didn’t get out of the house much because of Covid,” he told Empire in his first interview about the film, which will be published in the upcoming new issue – available for pre-order here. “But he did a screen test, put on a mask and went to see the film with the studio at Sony.
He then cried and said, “I’m so proud to be your father. And it was one of the greatest moments of my life.
While the original Ghostbusters films are best known for their dry and sneaky (and surprisingly adult) humour, led by a talented team of actors, Jason Reitman says that in making the sequel to the first two films, he tried to make Afterlife just as scary as the old ones: “I still feel it’s very funny, but it’s also very scary.
It was really my first experience with a horror movie,” he explains. “I was at a Directors Guild meeting and I was sitting next to Steven Spielberg, and when I told him I was working at Ghostbusters, he said, out of nowhere, ‘Library Ghost: Top Ten Scares of All Time’. And it’s true.