“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is the official title of Jason Reitman’s upcoming franchise reboot, Sony Pictures announced on Friday.
Reitman has co-written the screenplay with Gil Kenan and will direct. The film will be produced by his father, Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the original 1984 film.
In addition to the title, Sony also revealed the first poster and the plot synopsis for the new movie: when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
The new poster (below) shows the Ecto-1 in a remote countryside with the sun rising.
This installment will not be connected to the 2016 “Ghostbusters” movie, starring Melissa McCarthy. Sony released a first look at the project in January with footage of the Ecto-1 and set a July 10, 2020, release date.
The original “Ghostbusters” starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver. Murray’s character, Peter Venkman, headed a team of parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. That film grossed $242 million in the United States and over $295 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing comedy film of its time. A sequel followed in 1989.
The new film stars Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd, while Murray, Aykroyd, Hudson, Weaver and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original film. Filming began in July in Alberta, Canada, and concluded in October.
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This week brought a mixture of trailers, including both streaming and theatrical releases. Disney in particular made some big moves, debuting a few trailers for its many properties. Below are the biggest trailers of this past week.Black Widow
This one was a long time coming. After a decade of playing Natasha Romanoff, Scarlett Johansson will finally get her own solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Cate Shortland's upcoming blockbuster should help cue us further into the mysterious character's psyche and history. This trailer was relatively short, but introduced the other "family" Natasha had besides The Avengers. This includes two more widows played by Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz, as well as David Harbour's Red Guardian. The movie is the first installment in Phase Four, and will reportedly provide closure for Black Widow fans after her shocking death in Avengers: Endgame. Black Widow will arrive in theaters on May 1st, 2020.Mulan
Over the past few years, Disney has made a habit of producing live-action adaptations of their animated classics. And this trend has seen great success with projects like The Lion King, Maleficent, and Beauty and the Beast. The next of these movies coming down the pipeline is Niki Caro's Mulan, although it looks like this version will be quite different from the beloved 1998 movie of the same name. The upcoming movie's first teaser broke the internet because of the lack of cartoon characters like Mushu. And it's unclear if any musical numbers will happen, although an orchestral version of "Reflection" can be heard in this new full trailer. Mulan stars Liu Yifei as the title character, alongside Donnie Yen and Jet Li. It will arrive in theaters on March 27, 2020.Togo
Disney+ has been around for about a month. And in addition to having plenty of classics from the House of Mouse, there's also been some original programming. For movies this includes Anna Kendrick's Noelle, but another Disney+ original is coming with Togo. Directed by Ericson Core, the movie follows Great Race of Mercy, which saw dog sled teams bring medicine to a remote Alaskan town. The movie stars Willem Dafoe as real-life figure Leonhard Seppala. But it also stars his team of sled dogs, especially the runt who turned out to become a leader. Togo looks like it's going to be a heartbreaker of the film, as the House of Mouse has made some truly devastating dog-related movies in the past. And those didn't even have Dafoe. Togo will be available to stream December 20th on Disney+. You can read our official review here.The Assistant
On a decidedly darker tone is the upcoming drama The Assistant. Directed by Kitty Green, the upcoming movie focuses on a young college graduate who takes a job an assistant to a high powered man in entertainment. Set over the course of her first day on the job, protagonist Jane quickly notices the toxic work culture, and decides to do something about it. The movie feels directly inspired by the Me Too movement, and has its leading lady in Ozark standout Julia Garner. The trailer steadily builds in tension, as we watch Jane suss out the situation she's gotten herself into. Early praise for The Assistant also appears alongside the footage, which should help drum up excitement. The Assistant will arrive in select showings January 31st, before a wider release in February.Greed
To end the list on a light note is the upcoming satirical comedy Greed. Directed by Michael Winterbottom is a movie that pokes fun at the ultra rich, and those who may suffer as a result of this inequity of wealth. The movie stars comedian English comedian Steve Coogan and Isla Fisher as a pair of over the top socialites. The trailer follows as they act all matters of ridiculous, and royally piss off everyone around them. But they've got a public image problem, attempting to turn the tides with one great party. The cast is rounded out by Kingsman's Sophie Cookson, comedian David Mitchell, and Harry Potter alum Shirley Henderson. Greed will arrive in theaters on February 21st, 2020.
Clearly there are tons of exciting movies coming, including both theatrical releases and those coming via streaming services like Disney+. This week was a significant one for Disney in particular, as trailers came from Black Widow, Mulan, and Togo. Each project occupies a different corner in the House of Mouse, and it should fascinating to see how each one ultimately performs.
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Filmmaker Jason Reitman said that the new film will tie directly into the original movie from 1984. The new characters are a family made up of Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Grace. The mother inherits a farm from a father she didn't know. The family finds that this farm in a small Oklahoma town is littered with world-saving, ghostbusting equipment.
“As the family arrives at an old farm, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters,” Reitman said. “Trevor and Phoebe are about to find out who their grandfather was and whether they’re ready to pick up the proton pack themselves.”This brings some light to the minute-long teaser trailer from January that featured the Ecto-1 hidden under a tarp in a barn. A photo in the Vanity Fair article shows the Ecto-1 in a field. It's Wolfhard's character that gets it going again, according to the caption on the image.
As Wolfhard's character works on the car, Grace's character is observing the ruins of a mine where she noticed something strange going on.
Rudd's character is a summer school teacher named Mr. Grooberson. His character is a Ghostbusters fanatic and is shown in a picture holding one of the traps.
Reitman (Juno) is directing from a script by himself and Gil Kenan (director of 2015's Poltergeist). Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman's father and the director of the first two Ghostbusters movies, is producing. Reitman's frequent cinematographer Eric Steelberg (Dolemite is My Name) is re-teaming with the director.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are all confirmed to return.For more on Ghostbusters, check out what Aykroyd thought of the film's script and see an image from the last day of principal photography. Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN who's starting to get excited about this movie.