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Release Date & Everything We Know So Far

Following the huge success of the soft reboot Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Ghostbusters 5 updates reveal Sony fast-tracked the movie into production. The Ghostbusters series started in 1984, and the classic fantasy comedy movie became a huge success thanks to its unique high concept, a hit theme song, and stellar chemistry between its comedic leads. However, following the beloved original film, the Ghostbusters series fell from grace, as Ghostbusters II was generally considered a disappointment. And following that, the 2016 reboot was negatively received by audiences and was the subject of major backlash for leaning too far into comedy.

However, 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife saved the franchise and was considered a significant return to form for the Ghostbusters series. The movie was full of energy, excitement, and fantasy, and it was surprisingly emotional too, as it brought back original characters including Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The refreshing take was mostly thanks to writer-director Jason Reitman, who was previously known for emotionally resonant indie films, and Reitman injected that into the blockbuster movie. The 2021 movie is considered the official sequel to 1989’s Ghostbusters II, but it’s the fourth movie in the long-running franchise, which will be joined by Ghostbusters 5.

Ghostbusters 5 Recent News

The most recent Ghostbusters 5 updates have been concerning the cast and director. It was announced in 2022 that Ghostbusters 5 would be directed by Gil Kenan. Confirmed Ghostbusters 5 director Gil Kenan is no stranger to the series, as he co-wrote Ghostbusters: Afterlife with Reitman, so the sequel will undoubtedly have that emotional resonance too. However, Reitman not returning to direct may be disappointing for some, as Ghostbusters: Afterlife was something of a passion project for the filmmaker because his father, Ivan Reitman, directed the original Ghostbusters. The good news is that Reitman is still on board for the new Ghostbusters movie and is co-writing the story for the movie with Kenan, for the latter to direct.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife updates that most of the cast will also return, with Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, and Mckenna Grace returning as Trevor, Callie, and Phoebe Spengler. However, with the new movie already shooting scenes for the new Ghostbusters movie, set photos have revealed not only a returning original Ghostbuster, but also one of the main villains from the first movie in the franchise. Ernie Hudson is back as Winston, but even more surprising is the return of William Atherton, who played the arrogant EPA inspector, Walter Peck. Remember, it was Peck that accidentally unleashed the ghosts in the first movie. There is no telling what he will do this time around.

Ghostbusters 5 Release Date

Paul Rudd in front of a white board in Ghostbusters Afterlife

Ghostbusters 5 will release on December 20, 2023. However, though the movie would fit a Christmas setting considering that it’ll be based around Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s much younger characters, that isn’t the case. Its holiday season release date is not reflective of the tone of the movie, as the film was originally slated for a summer release. But despite the delay, it’s still such a shockingly quick turnaround for the sequel, as the first movie was released in November 2021, making the release gap between the two films just over two years.

As studios are increasingly changing movies’ release dates to avoid competition with other studios’ films, it comes as a surprise that Sony has stuck to the December 20 release date. The new Ghostbusters movie is sandwiched between two major Warner Bros. movies, as Wonka, the Timothée Chalamet-starring movie about the iconic chocolatier, will be released on December 15, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released on December 25. That doesn’t give the new Ghostbusters movie much leeway, but given that 2023 is so stacked with blockbuster movies, there’s no getting around the competition.

Ghostbusters 5 Cast

Mckenna Grace sitting in a car seat in Ghostbusters Afterlife

Part of the success of Ghostbusters: Afterlife was the refreshingly young cast, as the children’s perspectives on the existence of ghosts and having access to all the Ghostbusters’ tech was such an exciting concept. Thankfully, Ghostbusters 5 updates reveal it will continue that refreshing take on the series, as it’ll see Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, and Mckenna Grace return as Trevor, Callie, and Phoebe Spengler, respectively (via Deadline). The movie will also bring back Paul Rudd as Gary Grooberson, making 2023 a huge year for the actor with the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania too.

Aykroyd wants to return for Ghostbusters 5 and even has an idea for a whole new Ghostbusters trilogy. The actor explained, “Why not use the living Ghostbusters for four, five, and six?” Surprisingly, the original Ghostbusters cast’s return hasn’t been confirmed beyond Hudson and Atherton, even though a couple of them have been extremely vocal about wanting to come back. However, while the original Ghostbusters are only in one Afterlife scene, that could change with the new Ghostbusters movie.

Ghostbusters 5 updates also confirmed with the recent news that at least Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) will pay off the post-credit scene from Ghostbusters: Afterlife and he has shown up filming scenes for the new movie. However, with that news comes the even bigger news that one of the original antagonists from the first original Ghostbusters movie is also back, as William Atherton was also seen filming alongside Hudson and Paul Rudd, meaning Walter Peck is back for the new movie.

Ghostbusters 5 Story Details

Finn Wolfhard in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

If it wasn’t clear from the returning cast, Ghostbusters 5 updates reveal it will still be based on the Spenglers. Along with being set in New York, Reitman confirmed that the movie will continue the Spengler family’s story, which is a relief given that the family was the beating heart of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. However, while Reitman knew the movie would focus on the Spenglers, according to Ghostbusters: Afterlife actor Mckenna Grace, the director kept the story close to his chest. Grace had no idea about the plot details even after she signed on to the sequel.

With the new Ghostbusters movie being set in Manhattan (as seen in the post-credits scene) and based in and around the Ghostbusters firehouse, making for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, it opens the door for the movie to revisit other original Ghostbusters locations. And even though the movie is revisiting old locations, it also keeps the series fresh, as the metropolitan setting will mark a stark difference from Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s mostly rural settings. But while the location is a drastic change, the quintessential Ghostbusters: Afterlife tone will remain given that the same creative team is behind it.

Ghostbusters 5 Trailer Speculation

Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard in Ghostbusters Afterlife

Though an official trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie has yet to be released, evidence points to it dropping in the summer of 2023. Though the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (after a trailer had already dropped), a second Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer came out in July 2019, approximately four months before the movie’s November 2021 release date. Prior to that, the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot had its trailer drop in March 2016, also four months before the film was released in July 2016. With the new Ghostbusters movie releasing on December 20, 2023, a trailer should likely come out in August 2023.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Post-Credits Scene Teases Ghostbusters 5 Setting

Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters Afterlife.

In Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s post-credits scene, Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) returns to the original Ghostbusters firehouse. It’s a spine-tingling moment when the character says he’ll “always be a Ghostbuster.” That moment did exactly what a post-credits scene should do — get audiences excited about the future. While it isn’t confirmed that Zeddemore will return for the sequel, even though Hudson claims to have read Ghostbusters 5’s script, Reitman has made it known that the movie will pick up where Ghostbusters: Afterlife left off, at the iconic firehouse in New York City (via Variety), which will more than make up for the lack of memorable locations in the 2021 movie.

Ghostbusters 5 Title

Mockup poster for Ghostbusters 5 entitled Firehouse

​​​​​​​Ghostbusters 5 updates haven’t revealed a title yet, and it probably isn’t Ghostbusters 5, as 2016’s Ghostbusters isn’t a direct sequel, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife wasn’t a numbered sequel. It will likely have another subtitle like Afterlife. Ghostbusters 5’s filming codename was Firehouse, and if that’s anything to go by, it could potentially be called Ghostbusters: Firehouse. A movie codename is given to a film when it’s being shot, so the set doesn’t draw the attention of the press or public, but the new Ghostbusters movie’s codename was a sly nod to the movie’s main location. As the film’s setting is clearly an imperative part of Ghostbusters 5, Ghostbusters: Firehouse could be a perfect title.

This story originally appeared on Screenrant

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