Hey, look at that – the trailer for next year’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife dropped today.
It’s packed full of all sorts of nostalgia and nods to the original movies, but it looks like we’ll mostly be following the new adventures of Egon Spengler’s grandchildren:
“In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, 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. ”
The trailer has a far more serious tone than I would’ve expected, something like a cross between Ghostbusters and Stranger Things. That might not be an accident, given Finn Wolfhard himself is playing Spengler’s grandson.
We also get a quick glimpse of Egon’s collection of spores, molds, and fungus.
That’s what I like to see in my Ghostbusters.
And is that Slimer?
While I’m a bit weary of remakes and reboots and old heroes always turning out a bit washed up, what I like about this trailer are the little hints of the greater Ghostbusters mythology. Especially the Shandor Mining Company sign.
That means the small town here is probably located over the mine where Ivo Shandor acquired the materials he used to build 550 Central Park West.
Because ghosts didn’t just start appearing in 1984 New York for no good reason. It all had to do with Ivo Shandor, the Cult of Gozer, and 550, or the Shandor Building (what Ray referred to as ‘Spook Central’).
It was actually a giant “super-conductive antenna” designed by Shandor “for the purpose of pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence.” He and his fellow cultists would perform rituals at the very top in an attempt to summon Gozer the Gozerian. You know, bring about the end of the world, that sort of thing.
That’s why, when Paul Rudd’s character says, “There hasn’t been a ghost sighting in thirty years,” it makes sense. They aren’t just an every day occurrence — something causes them to enter our world (at least, that’s my understanding of it). The same thing happened at the beginning of Ghostbusters 2.
Odds are the Ghostbusters just kind of fell out of work, and Egon moved to that small Oklahoma town to research Shandor’s operation there.
Anyway, I’m cautiously optimistic, as usual. There’s also a gunner seat on the Ecto-1 in the trailer, which means they might be pulling some stuff from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series. We’ll see how it turns out.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman, and stars Carrie Coon as the daughter of Egon Spengler. She’s joined by Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace, and we’ll be seeing much of the old cast return, as well, including Bill Murray (maybe), Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. Here’s hoping Rick Moranis shows up, as well.
The film will release July 10, 2020.