Directed by Jason Reitman, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is proving to be the miracle creation the franchise needed to rise again 30 years after Ghostbusters 2 hit the theaters. But what next? Apart from being a rousing success (and earning close to $200 million at the box office), the film has teased storylines, possible arcs, and raised questions that can only be answered by Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2. So, what is does the future of the franchise look like?
Here is everything we know about Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2.
The Sequel Is Officially On Its Way
In April 2022, Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 went from speculation to reality. At CinemaCon, the studio used a closing sizzle reel to announce that the sequel was in the works. No information on the cast, the story , or the release date was revealed.
A sequel already seemed likely. Jason Reitman and other crew were vocal about being willing to return for Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2. Not to mention that Afterlife co-writers Reitman and Gil Kenan signed a major producing deal with Sony, according to Deadline. So, it seemed likely, but the April 2022 announcement made it official.
The Mystery Plot Of Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2
Jason Reitman has revealed that he already has many plans for the sequel’s storyline. In an interview with Uproxx, the director was questioned about the changing Ghostbusters’ logo on the Ecto-1. In Ghostbusters II the logo is a ghost holding up two fingers but in Afterlife, it reverts to how the logo was in the original Ghostbusters film wherein the ghost is only holding up one finger. This hints that Egon changed the logo sometime after the events of Ghostbusters II.
Apparently, this was not a mistake and was actually a planned plotline that was not covered in the film. Reitman has shared that he plans to cover this question as well as many other ideas in the sequel.
Reitman has also revealed that after bringing back Gozer the Gozerian, he plans on revisiting the franchise’s best villain i.e., Vigo the Carpathian in Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2. During his appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Reitman teased that the sequel may see the comeback of Vigo, the major force of evil in the 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II.
By the end of the film, the sinister painting of Vigo had vanished and replaced with the one symbolizing the four Ghostbusters protecting baby Oscar. But according to Reitman, there is a “lot of time and opportunity for Vigo The Carpathian to make his return.” In case the director does bring Vigo back, he plans on basing his return on the fact that his painting in Ghostbusters II was not the only one. “Maybe, he’s riding a horse in another one, maybe, impaling someone in another one,” he explained.
The Cast Of Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2
Ghostbusters: Afterlife introduced new cast members like Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler, Finn Wolfhard as Trevor Spengler, Mckenna Grace as Phoebe Spengler, and Paul Rudd as Gary Grooberson. It also brought back original cast members Bill Murray as Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd as Raymond “Ray” Stantz, Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett, and Annie Potts as Janine Malnitz. While the new additions are yet to voice their opinion on Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2, two actors from the original cast have expressed their willingness to reprise their respective roles in a sequel.
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In a chat with USA Today, Dan Aykroyd had shared that he wants his character Ray and Bill Murray’s Peter to be killed in the next film and join the ghost of Egon Spengler in guiding the new Ghostbusters. And even if they don’t die, he wants the original Ghostbusters to be present in the next three sequels. Speaking to RadioTimes, Ernie Hudson has also expressed his desire to return for Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 and confirmed that given the note on which the third film ended, his character’s inclusion in “what comes next” is definitely confirmed.
When Will Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 Be Released?
Right now, Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 does not have a release date. This page will be updated when that changes. Afterlife saw many delays, but was eventually released in late 2021. The earliest the next film could be released would be late 2023, but that seems doubtful. At this point, a movie in 2025 seems more likely. We’ll update this page as soon as more information is released.