The Ghostbusters franchise will continue with Ghostbusters 2020, and there’s already so much we know about the film. So far, the movie franchise includes 1984’s Ghostbusters, 1989’s Ghostbusters II, and the 2016 female-led Ghostbusters reboot.
The series kicked off in the early 1980s by following the fictional Ghostbusters team – parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and their friend Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) – on their various adventures as a ghost removal service. The sci-fi comedy concept was such a hit with audiences that it spawned a sequel and a reboot and has gone on to be the subjects of animated TV shows, comics, toys, apparel, and more. Given how beloved Ghostbusters is, it’s no wonder a new Ghostbusters film is on the way.
With production already underway and a release date set, it’s officially time to get excited about the next Ghostbusters film. Here’s everything we know so far, from the cast to the director, to which original cast members will return.
Ghostbusters 2020 has its sights set on becoming a huge summer hit. The forthcoming Ghostbusters film is set for release on July 10, 2020. This means the film will be released at the height of the summer moviegoing season and will be competing against films like Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy, Top Gun: Maverick, Wonder Woman 1984, and Artemis Fowl. From there, it will come up against films like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, Jungle Cruise, and Morbius through the rest of the month.
Jason Reitman will direct Ghostbusters 2020. Reitman’s career has taken off as a director over the last decade or so. His feature-length film debut was 2005’s Thank You For Smoking, starring Aaron Eckhart. He then moved on to the acclaimed Juno written by Diablo Cody and starring Ellen Page, Up in the Air with George Clooney, Young Adult with Charlize Theron, Labor Day, and most recently, the Hugh Jackman political drama The Front Runner.
Reitman is an established director, but he is also the son of Ivan Reitman. Fans of the first two Ghostbuster films know Ivan directed them. It’s possible Ivan is in an advisory role while Ghostbusters 2020 films because he appeared in an on-set photo with the movie’s stars: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and McKenna Grace, posted by Reitman on Twitter.
The Ghostbusters 2020 cast has arguably been the most exciting aspect of the film’s development. When news of Reitman’s Ghostbusters film first broke in early 2019, it was reported it would center around four young teens. Over time, the two young leads became The Haunting of Hill House‘s McKenna Grace and Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard, who will play siblings. The Leftovers actress Carrie Coon will play their mom. Paul Rudd is also starring in Ghostbusters 2020, and he made the announcement with a video of him standing in front of the Ghostbusters HQ in New York. Furthermore, relative newcomers Logan Kim and 20-year-old Celeste O’Connor joined the cast in supporting roles. While details on their characters weren’t revealed, it can be presumed that they’re playing the other two kids.
There have also been a lot of questions regarding whether any of the original Ghostbusters cast (Aykroyd, Murray, Hudson, Weaver, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis) would make an appearance. Since Ghostbusters 2020 was announced, various cast members have been hinting at their potential involvement. Potts has teased the return of Janine around the time filming began. Weaver also confirmed in early June she, Murray, and Aykroyd would be shooting scenes for the film. It’s unclear how involved the original cast members will be in Ghostbusters 2020, but it may not matter as much. Seeing the original gang back together will undoubtedly be a huge selling point for the film going forward.
While there will certainly be ghosts, comedy, and all manner of hijinks in Ghostbusters 2020, there is currently no clear indication of what the core story will be about. An official Ghostbusters 2020 synopsis has yet to release, but based on the actors involved and the set photos that have appeared online, it seems like it will be a family story set outside of the confines of New York City. Perhaps more concrete details on Ghostbusters 2020‘s story will release once production comes to an end.
Reitman has confirmed Ghostbusters 2020 film is a direct sequel to Ghostbusters II and won’t reference any of the events from the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. At a Ghostbusters fan event, Reitman said he “wanted to make a love letter to the original movie” with his Ghostbusters film. Because of the likelihood of the original Ghostbusters (with the exception of Ramis, who passed away in 2014) returning in some capacity, the Ghostbusters 2020 might not only be a love letter but a bridging of the generational divide between the senior Ghostbusters team and the Gen Z team. Plus, it will turn the film into a symbolic passing of the torch, too.
There has been some prickliness between the 2016 cast and director Paul Feig and Reitman during the film’s pre-production. Feig and Leslie Jones, in particular, voiced their disappointment with the sequel insofar as it seemed to exclude their film from the Ghostbusters canon. Reitman indirectly responded to the comments, tweeting in February: “I have nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen and the bravery with which they made Ghostbusters 2016. They expanded the universe and made an amazing movie!” Feig has expressed interest in a sequel to the Ghostbusters reboot, but it’s unclear if that will materialize.
Reitman released a teaser trailer in January 2019 featuring iconic Ghostbusters mobile the Ecto-1. In this Ghostbusters 2020 teaser, the camera pans in on something under a tarp in what looks like a barn or warehouse. A wind blows the tarp up to reveal the Ecto-1 and the Ghostbusters logo. The footage was specifically shot for the teaser and most likely won’t be featured in any future trailers or in the film itself. Filming on Ghostbusters 2020 began in June in Calgary. If the film doesn’t experience any production hiccups and follows a traditional timeline, it’s possible the first trailer will arrive in late 2019 or early 2020. This will allow enough time to build excitement for the Ghostbusters 2020‘s summer release and build its marketing campaign for added visibility.
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