As if in apology for the 2016 reboot that was built on a concept deemed unacceptable by the fan base, Sony and Columbia Pictures announced back in 2019 a new “Ghostbusters” film that would have an actual tie to the original 1984 and 1989 installments. The first trailer for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was positively received, although expectant fans were disappointed that the original July 2020 release date was scrubbed because of the pandemic. Now, with just around four months left before the new premiere date this November, a new trailer was released that finally sheds light on some character backgrounds, while casting a supernatural shadow over the setting that fans love.
CNN tells us that Columbia Pictures dropped the second big trailer for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” this past Tuesday, July 27 or well over a year after the first one in December 2019. While the original preview dropped heavy hints on what the main characters – a single mother and her son and daughter – have to do with the titular paranormal investigators of decades past, now the truth is spelled out. And that only serves to excite audiences, while giving a taste of the threat in the town that this family must face on account of their legacy.
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” trailer 2 lays out that Callie (Carrie Coon), who moves with sociable son Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and antisocial daughter Phoebe (McKenna Grace) to rural Summerville, Oklahoma is the daughter of Dr. Egon Spengler, one of the original Ghostbusters (and whose actor, Harold Ramis, passed away in 2014). The rickety Summerville farmhouse she inherited seems to hold all the equipment and gadgets the Ghostbusters used, mostly rusty from long misuse. There is also the matter of the nearby abandoned mine, which when explored by Phoebe, Trevor, their new friends and teacher Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), appears to be a wellspring of malevolent spectral activity.
“Afterlife” is really integrally connected to the franchise of the first two films, as evidenced by Annie Potts reprising her role as GB ex-secretary Janine talking to Callie in one scene. Another sequence sees Trevor and Phoebe watching a 1980s TV commercial of their late grandfather promoting their “business.” The money shot comes at the end when a scene from inside an occult bookstore sees an unseen Ray Stantz (Dan Ackroyd) answering the phone. Ackroyd is confirmed returning alongside Bill “Peter” Murray, Ernie “Winston” Hudson and Sigourney “Dana” Weaver, under the direction of Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman who directed “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II.”
Here is hoping the current November 11 release date for “Afterlife” will not be altered.
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