Fans though that Bill Murray was done with Ghostbusters for a while, but he still found time to come back to the last film Afterlife and now he’s also returning along with Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.
It’s not entirely sure what Peter Venkman’s role in the new movie is going to be, but Empire does give us a new image of him in the film with Paul Rudd; and we also have a description from director Gil Kenan about where the story could go.
Here’s Murray with Rudd:
We don’t have any specifics on this scene, but it does look like the ghost containment chamber behind Paul Rudd, which was teased to be in an alarming state by the end of Afterlife.
With the Spengler’s closing the book on Gozer in the first film, director Kenan is excited to introduce a bunch of newer things with Frozen Empire. He says, “Because the Spengler family story drove the narrative in Afterlife, bringing Gozer back to centre-stage was a natural way to close the book on the past… But we are now in the post-Gozerian era of the Ghostbusters saga, so that means we’re able to stretch out and create an entirely new mythology. And that’s thrilling as a storyteller, because there are all-new and terrifying stakes with fresh visual references to draw on.”
Though I do love that we’re back in the original Ghostbusters continuity, I am worried that the film could be relying too much on nostalgia to be great. Even the appearance of the original Ghostbusters in Afterlife started to feel too pander-y.
Hopefully with Frozen Empire, we get a new crew at the firehouse and some new monsters. How about some love from the animated series like Extreme Ghostbusters?
Hell will freeze over in New York when Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire comes to cinemas on March 29, 2024.