“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”This marks the continuation of the “Ghostbusters”The 1984 film portrayed the beginning of the story and the 1989 sequel continues it. “Ghostbusters II,”However, “Afterlife” co-writer and director Jason Reitman certainly sets up a new era for the franchise in his film, he’s not quite sure he’s the right person to continue telling “Ghostbusters”Stories onscreen
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”This connects a current story to the original “Ghostbusters” through a young, science-minded girl named Phoebe Spengler (played by Mckenna Grace) who is Egon Spengler’s (Harold Ramis) granddaughter. The new film kicks off with Egon’s death (Ramis passed away in 2014), and Egon’s estranged daughter (played by Carrie Coon) and her family then move into his dilapidated farmhouse in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. Soon thereafter supernatural occurrences begin, and it’s up to Egon’s family to save the day.
There’s an Amblin-indebted vibe to Reitman’s approach to “Ghostbusters”This film ends in a way that leaves room for more stories in the universe. Reitman, however, revealed in an interview with that he may be more interested in seeing other filmmaking voices stamp their mark on the franchise in additional sequels or continuations.
“I think honestly the bigger question is going to be whether I should still be writing and directing these or is Ghostbusters the kind of franchise where we need to hear from other voices?,”Reitman spoke. “There are other writers and directors whose voices should be [heard]. You just got my version of a Ghostbusters film. The original two are the voice of Harold [Ramis] and my father [Ivan Reitman]. The third film is the voice of Paul Feig and those brilliant actresses. This is one in my voice. I really want to see Ghostbusters films from other voices. There are so many gifted directors out there, and if I’m excited about it I have to imagine other people are excited about that possibility.”
This is a remarkable approach to franchise filmmaking, especially after so many sequels or reboots in which a particular director seems to be inclined to keep the franchise moving forward.
But Reitman’s not wrong in that all the “Ghostbusters”Films have so far celebrated diverse filmmaking voices. 2016’s unfairly maligned film was told through a very specific comedic lens courtesy of Feig and the actresses at the center of that story, and Reitman’s “Afterlife”Takes a more serious, emotional approach to the material than ever.
The “Up in the Air” filmmaker even took strides to single out his filmmaking team for the film’s ultimate success. “I think the movie succeeds by virtue of the people I got to work with,” Reitman said during ’s interview. “I got to work with extraordinary artists, so when you talk about visual effects and puppetry, we talk about that team at MPC we talk about Arjen Tuiten who brought the Terror Dog back to life, we talk about Rob Simonsen who brought the music back to life. These are the artists who made it possible. In many ways I was directing a movie like I’ve always directed a movie – directing the actors, editing with my editors. These other artists brought it to the scale that you’re talking about.”
Especially as the ending of the film sets up a certain character to guide characters moving forward (Reitman referred to said character as the franchise’s “Tony Stark” in ’s interview), it’d be great to see a diverse group of filmmakers put their own stamp on what “Ghostbusters”They will be featured in future films. With “Afterlife”Sony Pictures scored a solid $40million opening weekend at the box-office. One can only imagine that they will be keen to continue this franchise.