It’s time to get slimed at least one more time.
Just when the fate of the Ghostbusters franchise seemed up in the air, another installment is in the works. That’s right, as revealed by Entertainment Weekly, Sony is going back to the popular 1980s series that started it all, but the still-rather-secret sequel isn’t totally clear in how it will connect to the old movies starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.
Early this year, Ghostbusters 3 (or whatever the movie will be titled) was announced with a script, a director, a general time of release, minimal main character descriptions and a very cool teaser trailer all in hand. Now we’re beginning to hear about the casting of the movie, with Captain Marvel’s Mckenna Grace being the latest to join the cast, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel:
How does this movie connect to the original Ghostbusters?
According to original reports, this installment is a direct sequel to 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters II. All that is really known of its connection, though, is that the movie will be set in that same universe.
Will the original Ghostbusters appear?
That is unknown. We at least know that Dr. Egon Spengler will not be returning, because actor Harold Ramis passed away a few years ago. Dan Aykroyd, who played Ray Stantz, always seems interested in doing more Ghostbusters, but Bill Murray, who plays Peter Venkman, has long said he’s not interested in reprising his role for another sequel. Ernie Hudson’s Winston is also an unknown with regards to this question.
What about the all-female Ghostbusters movie?
Paul Feig’s recent reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon was not a big hit at the box office, so the status of its continuation is up in the air. But this new Ghostbusters installment will have nothing to do with that movie.
And the previously announced animated feature?
According to EW, Sony is still working on an animated Ghostbusters movie, which will arrive sometime after this newly revealed live-action feature.
What is the plot of the new Ghostbusters?
Nothing is known for sure yet, but The Hollywood Reporter heard from sources that they’re looking to cast four new characters, all of them teenagers, two of them boys and two of them girls. The foursome will also be split among two different age groups with two of the characters being siblings. How they all fit into the canon of the original Ghostbusters is anyone’s guess at this point.
Who is starring in the movie?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, one of the main characters will be played by Mckenna Grace, the child actress known for playing younger versions of Carol Danvers and Tonya Harding in Captain Marvel and I, Tonya, respectively. She also starred in Gifted and has a major role in the upcoming horror sequel Annabelle Comes Home.
Grace will play the sister of another main character, who will be played by Stranger Things and It star Finn Wolfhard. The only other known piece of the ensemble is Carrie Coon, who is still best known for her stage and TV work but did have a part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe herself as one of the villains in Avengers: Infinity War. She plays the siblings’ single mother.
Who wrote the movie?
Ghostbusters 3 is co-scripted by Gil Kenan, who made the animated feature Monster House and the Poltergeist remake — so he clearly has an interest in the paranormal — and Jason Reitman, the Oscar-nominated writer/director of Juno and Up in the Air who also happens to be the son of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman.
Who is directing?
The younger Reitman, who has a small part in Ghostbusters II (and shot a scene for the first movie but was cut out), is also directing the movie. He told EW about its link to the old movies: “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…this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.”
Is his father also involved?
Yes, Ivan Reitman is a producer on this Ghostbusters sequel. He told EW, “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out.”
What makes Jason Reitman the right man for the job?
Outside of Ivan Reitman, he seems like the director most familiar with the property, by way of growing up with and part of the first two movies. “I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan,” he told EW, “when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans…I love everything about it. The iconography. The music. The tone…I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember.”
When does the movie come out?
Sony is aiming to start production very soon and plans to release the Ghostbusters sequel in the summer of 2020.
Watch the first teaser trailer:
Entertainment Weekly premiered the first look at the new Ghostbusters with a teaser featuring the Ghostbusters’ old converted ambulance, a vehicle known as the Ecto-1. Watch it here: