There’s been quite a bit of interest in what second-gen filmmaker Jason Reitman (Juno) might do when given the controls for his father’s beloved “Ghostbusters” franchise. I’m not sure anyone expected Ghostbusters: Afterlife to take place outside of the city where the other three movies were set.
Sony Pictures released the first trailer and poster for Ghostbusters: Afterlife this morning, probably in advance of this weekend’s Jumanji: The Next Level, which is expected to be one of the bigger holiday hits for the studio.
The latest attempt to revive the franchise is going to go in a different direction, as we’re not getting the typical Ghosbusters running around chasing ghosts in New York City. This one involves a family, a single mother and her two kids – played by Finn Wolfhard (It) and McKenna Grace (Captain Marvel) – who are forced to move into a dilapidated old farmhouse in a small town where weird spirit occurrences start happening. When they find some of the original Ghostbusters equipment in the barn, the kids go to work fighting ghosts along with Paul Rudd, who seems to play their teacher. Although none of the original Ghostbusters appear in the trailer, we do see the ECTO-1 in action in a suitably rural setting.
The movie, written by Reitman with Gil Kenan (Monster House), also stars Carrie Coon from Avengers: Infinity War, and the official tagline is:
“When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.”
All of these elements are pretty telling that Reitman is going a different route than the 2016 Paul Feig movie, but also not taking the approach of the recent Terminator: Dark Fate, in terms of leaning on the original ’80s movies and cast, as that did. (Granted, this is also the direction taken with the summer’s disappointing Men in Black International, but we must have faith that the teaming of Reitman and Rudd will prevail!)
You can check out the new trailer and poster below, and let us know in the comments if you think Sony has found the best direction to go this time.