Move from Netflix to Hasbro marks return of 1984 film following first franchise revival in 2015.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife – the new film starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – re-creates the original film’s aesthetic and substance but adds a teensy-weensy twist to appeal to the wider new Ghostbusters community.
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The new movie, produced by the mega-successful Ivan Reitman, is based on a script by Office Christmas Party writer Katie Dippold. It will fill the gap left by the departure of the reboot in 2015, starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Wiig.
The three female leads are joined by Saturday Night Live comedian and Saturday Night Live regular Melissa McCarthy in the new Ghostbusters, her third film as lead. The 61-year-old has since become a big money-spinner for both studios and cast. She won an Oscar for her breakthrough role in Bridesmaids and is due to make her part in the huge-budget spin-off as boss, Patty Tolan, to an opening a massively wide screen opposite Sandra Bullock in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
While the Ghostbusters franchise has remained fresh and remarkable over the past two decades, the films have struggled to find their feet. The reboot scored modest box office success, however, but was regarded as a disappointment to die-hard fans. With the recent success of films such as Wonder Woman and the sequel, it seems a perfect time to revive the franchise.
The Ghostbusters seem to be taking their place in the Ghostbusters family – seven actors have played Abby Yates, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Kevin Ervin in the films, while Chris Hemsworth took the role of the receptionist, Egon Spengler.
Reitman, who directed the original, has said the new film will stand on its own and won’t be followed up by another reboot. “This is a very standalone film,” he told Netflix. “We put this film together in a very specific way … We’re excited about the way the first one plays and what this universe can bring as it grows, but this will be a very, very clear story of its own.”