09 December 2019 20:40
Ghostbusters: Afterlife: Trailer provides first look at sequel to original films Almost 40 years after they first answered the call, the original Ghostbusters are heading back to the big screen. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is billed as a direct follow-up to the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel, ignoring the events of the all-female reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon from 2016. The first trailer has finally been released after a good deal of teasing from director Jason Reitman, boasting plenty of intrigue to keep fans on tenterhooks until it hits cinemas next summer. Image: Ecto-1 makes a triumphant return. Image: Much of the action in the trailer takes place in an appropriately creepy mansion.
Are the original crew taking a back seat? Despite all the excitement surrounding the return of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver, none of them are seen in the trailer beyond old footage from the original Ghostbusters. Instead the focus is on child stars Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard, who along with their mother (Carrie Coon) are seen moving into a creepy rural mansion that belonged to their grandfather. We learn their grandfather is none other than Dr Egon Spengler, played by the late Harold Ramis in the first two films, and the trailer suggests the film will see them and teacher Paul Rudd uncovering more about his legacy. Image: Mckenna Grace offers strong Dr Spenger vibes.
Image: The original crew are not seen outside old footage from the first film. Are we kissing goodbye to New York? Setting a Ghostbusters film outside Manhattan sounds akin to moving EastEnders out of Albert Square, but Afterlife appears to be swapping the Big Apple for small town America. Mostly thanks to the works of Stephen King, such a setting has become synonymous with creepy tales of the supernatural that have since inspired the likes of Stranger Things. There are few laughs to be had in the Afterlife trailer, which is in fact rather evocative of the hit Netflix show in which young actor Wolfhard made his name.
Image: The Proton Pack is put to good use in the first trailer. Image: Is that Slimer being zapped? Pic: Sony Pictures The 2016 reboot relied on familiar monsters like Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to battle the heroes and it seems as though there will be more returnees from the original films this time. We get a glimpse of an entity that certainly looks similar to Slimer, albeit with more a blue than green tinge, plus the memorable demonic Terror Dogs that spooked Rick Moranis in the first film. Thankfully Grace's science geek Phoebe is seen wielding a Proton Pack, so she should be well equipped to take on whatever the baddies can throw at her. Ghostbusters is returning to the big screen once more — this time with a true sequel to the original films. The first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife sets the stage for a small town haunting as a single mom and her two kids try to start a new life. While the family tries to settle down in their creepy old farmhouse, the town is plagued by strange earthquakes and unexplainable phenomena. Stranger Things-esque vibes aside, the trailer also teases a clear connection to the original Ghostbusters crew — particularly to the bespectacled Egon (played by the late Harold Ramis). The film's original cast, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, are also expected to reprise their roles. Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, and Finn Wolfhard. It will arrive in theaters in July 2020. A third film has been in the works for a long time following the success of the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel. 8 Ghostbusters: Afterlife has dropped its first trailer for the latest supernatural comedy in the film franchise. Thankfully fans don't have to wait too much longer for the highly anticipated movie, which will be released next summer and will follow a single mum and her two children as they move to Oklahoma. The family inherit a mysterious property, with the son - played by Finn Wolfhard - telling a pal: "Honestly my mom won't say it but we're completely broke and the only thing that's left in our name is this creepy old farmhouse our grandfather left us in the middle of nowhere." Their new town is then hit by daily earthquake-type shaking which no one can explain. Actor Paul Rudd is then seen telling Finn's sister (McKenna Grace): "There hasn't been a ghost siting in 30 years, New York in the 80s...it was like the walking dead." 8 The film follows a single mother and her two children as they move to Oklahoma 8 Supernatural activity starts to affect the town 8 Paul Rudd plays a teacher who realises something is not right 8 The original Ghostbusters movie was released in 1984 with a sequel following in 1989 Credit: Refer to Source - Alamy As he speaks, footage of the original cast appears on screen, but the teen replies: "My grandfather died, my mom says we're just here to pick through the rubble of his life." But in another scene, he finds a Ghostbusters suit in the wardrobe and a range of equipment before bringing out the classic Ghostbusters car. While original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Earnie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver aren't seen in the trailer, they are expected to make cameos in the new movie. Sadly Harold Ramis - who played Egon Spengler - passed away in 2014. Most Read in TV & Showbiz BRAVE FACE I'm A Celeb's Jac Jossa puts wedding ring back ON & says she's 'absolutely fine' kiss it better? 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Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be released on July 10, 2020 in the US and UK. There's something strange in the neighborhood, thanks to a new trailer out Monday for upcoming movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The trailer does a nice job passing down the Ghostbusters mantle to a new generation. When the family of Dr. Egon Spengler from the first movies (the late Harold Ramis) moves into his creepy mansion in a small town in Oklahoma, they find a ghost trap and the family legacy of spirit-hunting kicks into gear. "As the family arrives at an old farm, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters," director Jason Reitman said in a Vanity Fair piece out Friday. Carrie Coon plays the mom, with Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard as her two kids. Stranger Things fans will no doubt be rooting for Wolfhard (Mike in ST), to start busting some ghosts. After all, he's used to supernatural beings. CNET Now All the latest tech news delivered to your inbox. Sony Pictures Entertainment In the trailer, we meet Paul Rudd as the kids' summer school teacher. We also get a glimpse at the Ghostbusters' original Ecto-1 ambulance/hearse coming out of retirement in a barn. Reitman has said this movie shares the same universe as the original two and doesn't follow 2016's Ghostbusters movie starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig. In fact, original cast members Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver are expected to reprise their roles. As for the movie's official poster--it's quite clear something spooky's brewing in the Midwest. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is slated for release on July 10. Originally published Dec. 9, 6:01 a.m. PT.