When it comes to tentpole franchises for a movie studio you can all but guarantee that they will continue putting out movies under that banner if the getting is good. And that’s definitely the case with Ghostbusters which got another reboot last year and more movies are coming down the pike. Sony announced (via Deadline) on Monday that there was going to be a Ghostbusters 5 in development sooner than later from the studio, continuing on the stories in this franchise for at least one more go around. It’s not all that surprising considering the relative success of their latest release from this franchise.
At an announcement at CinemaCon on Monday, Sony used a sizzle reel to announce that a Ghostbusters 5 was on the way though few other details were given about how this could shape up. One would think we would see some of the cast of Ghostbusters: Afterlife returning for another story, though considering the way this franchise has operated in the past, that wouldn’t necessarily have to be the case. They’ve structured things in such a way that the Ghostbusters moniker can now be used with different characters, not needing to adhere to just a small group of proton-packers as we saw in the original iteration of the franchise.
That being said, Ghostbusters 5 would be hard-pressed to get away from what worked so well with Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Desperately needing a solid reset after the drubbing that they were handed with the all-female reboot a few years ago, Afterlife crushed it on a couple of different levels when it was released back in November. It scored more than $200 million dollars at the box office on its $75 million budget a solid number that was coming on the heels of theaters finally opening up to full capacity. And critics were mostly on board with the movie, scoring it 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.
If that cast was returning then we could see some familiar faces for Ghostbusters 5. Though Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson got back into the suits eventually, it was Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd who carried the action in Afterlife, resetting some of the story around the family and children of original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. Though they brought back a number of different hallmarks from the original series, this was clearly a chance to move the story fully away from the first group and make it so that the Ghostbusters name could carry into all different kinds of stories in the future.
And in addition to a Ghostbusters 5 coming down the pike, Giant Freakin Robot had it from our trusted and proven sources that there was a Ghostbusters television series in the works as well. Whether the movie and the series will interconnect at all remains to be seen. But it just all points to Sony wanting to continue building out this franchise as much as possible in the coming years. There should be more to come with all of these Ghostbusters developments and a fifth movie in the franchise could be the next step.