In the middle of Netflix’s “Geeked Week” and to tie in with June 8 (which is National Ghostbusters Day – the date where Ghostbusters was released in theatres in 1984 duh!), the unravelling of the Ghostbusters franchise came to fruition.
With Ghostbusters: Afterlife Director Jason Reitman and Co-Writer Gil Kenan at the helm, there were mentions of:
- More Ghostbusters comics under the Dark Horse Comics banner, which will be canon and explore the big gap between the original to Afterlife.
- An update on video games like Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed where you can play a Ghostbuster or a ghost terrorising everything else.
- Another feature film. To quote Reitman and Kenan:
“The last time we saw Ecto-1, it was driving back into Manhattan: the home of Ghostbusters. That’s where our story begins. The code name is FIREHOUSE.”
- Sony and Netflix teaming up for a new animated series for the streaming service. No word yet on what time period or characters it would be based on, but the series will be under Reitman and Kenan’s direction.
- Who You Gonna Call? – A Portrait on Ray Parker Jr– a documentary on the man behind the iconic Ghostbusters theme song, which is now out on digital.
Will any of the original cast be part of this (mainly the new feature film)? Not much has been revealed, other than the confirmation of Winston Zeddermore (Ernie Hudson) who was on stage to confirm that he would be playing a particular strong role with the continuation of the franchise.
Ernie Hudson giving an update on the current status of Winston Zeddemore tonight at Ecto-Fest!
“Rest assured we have a lot of Ghostbusters ahead” #GhostbustersDay #Ghostbusters pic.twitter.com/vtIcdes9qC
— Aaron Cohen (@ImoveCar) June 9, 2022
It appears that moving the franchise on without having to heavily rely on the main characters but keeping it canon within the Ghostbusters lore instead of a full-on reboot (which in my opinion, was pretty entertaining – don’t @ me) will be a winner, and I look forward to toasting some more marshmallows.