The Ghostbusters franchise has been entertaining audiences for decades. Following the original two movies, there have been video games, an animated series, as well as Paul Feig's 2016 Ghostbusters movie. That recent reboot got a ton of flack ahead of its release, with online hate essentially sinking the movie before it could even get to theaters. Next up is Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Feig has responded to the movie's first trailer.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be a direct sequel to the original two movies, with most of the original cast returning to reprise their role. The first trailer focused on the newcomer characters, and took the franchise out of New York City. Paul Feig responded to this debut footage on social media, tweeting out:
What a class act. Despite the backlash his Ghostbusters movie got, he still seems eager to see what director Jason Reitman has in store for Afterlife. Although much of the movie's contents are still a mystery at this time.
Paul Feig's tweet shows that there's no hard feelings following the release of his Ghostbusters. After all, the moviemaking business is full of flops and wins. And 2016's version of the movie did make $229.1 million at the box office, so it's not like it was a complete financial failure. But it suffered a ton of hate from the point of inception, which started conversations about toxic fandom and onscreen representation.
The Ghostbusters that Paul Feig brought to theaters in 2016 was an original story, introducing new all-female team. Some of the original cast did appear in cameos, but not reprising their roles. That'll change with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which will directly connect to the events of the original film. It remains to be seen exactly how, although Dan Aykroyd previously teased that we'd meet children of the original team.
You can check out the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife below.
In the first trailer, it seems to indicate that Trevor (Fin Wolfhard) has Ghostbusters in his blood, as he stumbles upon his late Grandfather's stash of gear, complete with the Ectomobile. If I had to guess, his grandfather was Rick Moranis' Louis Tully. Moranis is noticeably absent from Afterlife's cast list, so killing him off would make a great deal of sense.
As for Paul Feig, he naturally went on to direct more movies after Ghostbuster's release. First he did the quirky comedy thriller A Simple Favor, and most recently helmed the Emilia Clarke-led holiday movie Last Christmas. And in his tweet about Ghostbusters: Afterlife, he puts the moving hashtag #WeAreAllGhostbusters, possibly in reference to the sexist hate slung at his recent incarnation.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will hit theaters on July 10, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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