It’s almost time to make that call… again.
A trailer for the latest Ghostbusters film will debut on Monday, and Vanity Fair has released images that give us an exclusive glimpse of the new characters at the heart of this story.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman from a screenplay by Reitman and Gil Kenan. Ivan Reitman, who directed the original two Ghostbusters films, and returns for this one as a producer.
The film sees Carrie Coon starring as mom Callie, Mckenna Grace as her science-obsessed daughter Phoebe, and Finn Wolfhard as gearhead son Trevor.
They have left everything they know and moved to a small town in Oklahoma after inheriting property from the father she didn’t know.
Reitman spoke to Vanity Fair regarding the upcoming Afterlife stating that;
“Afterlife is a new adventure that connects back to the Manhattan Crossrip of 1984”.
“Manhattan Crossrip” is the technical term for that long-ago bizarre incident in New York involving an apocalypse-summoning skyscraper, a gargantuan killer marshmallow man, and four working stiffs who managed to fight back against an ancient Sumerian God named Gozer.
“As the family arrives at an old farm, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters. Trevor and Phoebe are about to find out who their grandfather was and whether they’re ready to pick up the proton pack themselves.”
In the collapsing barn of their farmhouse, they find an old car, bloomed with rust, hidden beneath a tarp—the retro-ambulance turned ghost-hunting mobile. In this shot, Trevor lays eyes on his new ride for the first time, originally hinted at a year ago in the movie’s teaser.
Elsewhere in the house, which is packed with a mountain of books and lots of bizarre technology, Phoebe will find a device that reads psychokinetic energy. Ghostbusters fans will recognise that immediately as a tool of the trade from the original movies.
“The joy of co writing a film like this is imagining the sound of Ecto-1’s engine revving back to life or the moment a PKE meter lights up for the first time and begins leading you toward your destiny”.
While her brother tinkers with the car, Phoebe finds herself transfixed by the mystery of their new town—not just by the peculiar subjects in their dilapidated home, but strange rumblings from a nearby mine. In this shot, she and her schoolmate (played by Logan Kim) ignore warning signs to venture closer to the abandoned and dangerous place.
Trevor and Phoebe may actually know less about the Ghostbusters than anyone. What happened in 1984 is as mysterious to them.
Fortunately, they have a summer school teacher named Mr. Grooberson (played by Paul Rudd) who was a kid when the Manhattan Crossrip occurred. Although later generations may think of it as a myth, or not think of it at all, he remembers it obsessively and is excited to pass on what he knows.
Here we see the teacher stunned to be holding an actual ghost trap. It’s been a while since he’s seen anything like this, and never this close.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will reprise their roles from the original films.
Sadly Harold Ramis died in 2014 and Rick Moranis, who has limited his screen work in recent years, is not expected to reprise his role.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Previously marketed as Ghostbusters: 2020) is scheduled to be released in the United States on July 10, 2020, by Columbia Pictures through Sony Pictures Releasing.
Check out our review of the Ghostbusters documentary Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters here