The Ghostbusters franchise may have stumbled back in 2016, but Afterlife was pretty well-received, and it’s lead to an introduction of an all-new Ghostbustin’ team. Though we haven’t had any update on the sequel since release, Sony has finally revealed just when Phoebe Spengler and he rest of the gang will be coming back to the big screen.
THR reports that the next Ghostbusters movie has been codenamed Firehouse, and it’s set to hit theaters December 20, 2023. Director Jason Reitman had this to say about the project:
“At the end of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Ecto-1 is driving into Manhattan, returning to its home. And before anyone ever heard the title Afterlife, we called it Rust City. Which would not have made sense to anyone until they saw the movie. The code name for the next movie is ‘Firehouse.’”
There are just so many elements that make the Ghostbusters films what they are, and Afterlife didn’t really get that New York setting or that ‘getting-into-business’ vibe that the original had. With this sequel though, we are promised a return to the classic Ghostbusters HQ; and it’s possible that the Spenglers will try to make money out of all the ghostbustin’ equipment that they have in Egon’s farm.
Since we are back in the city, though, I hope that we get more involvement from vet actors Dan Aykroyd or Ernie Hudson. While it’s great that they appeared in Afterlife, it did feel kind of forced that they appeared mostly in the end. It would be great if they were more involved with the story this time around. At least, that’s what I think.
Catch the next Ghostbusters film when it hits theaters on Dec.20, 2023.