Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s arrival in 2021 was a nostalgic joyride for fans. There were doubts surrounding the franchise’s future, but Afterlife defied expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed it (you can check out our review of Ghostbusters: Afterlife here), and it resonated positively with audiences, marking a significant success. This triumph paved the way for potential sequels, with the first of several new movies receiving the green light in April 2022. If you’re eager for further details, you’re exactly where you need to be. The Ghostbusters universe seems rejuvenated and brimming with new, exciting possibilities!
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Release Date and Development
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is slated to hit theaters on March 29, 2024. Initially planned for a Christmas 2023 release, the film was rescheduled due to the SAG-AFTRA Strike.
Officially unveiled at CinemaCon 2022, Frozen Empire commenced shooting on March 20, 2023, as confirmed by Sony’s tweet featuring director Jason Reitman on set, marking the beginning of production.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Cast
The sequel will see the return of Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Carrie Coon, and Paul Rudd from Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Joining them are newcomers Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, James Acaster, and Emily Alyn Lind. William Atherton reprises his role as Walter Peck.
The Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire cast lineup includes:
Finn Wolfhard as Trevor Spengler
McKenna Grace as Phoebe Spengler
Logan Kim as Podcast
Celeste O’Connor as Lucky Domingo
Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler
Paul Rudd as Gary Grooberson
Original Ghostbusters cast members:
Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond “Ray” Stantz
Ernie Hudson as Dr. Winston Zeddemore
Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz
William Atherton as Walter Peck
Patton Oswalt, Kumail Nanjiani, James Acaster, Emily Alyn Lind
The film will be helmed by Gil Kenan, a co-writer of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, while Jason Reitman takes on a producer role. Unfortunately, this installment marks the first Ghostbusters film without the involvement of Ivan Reitman, who passed away in February 2022.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Plot Details
In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the narrative pivots around the Spenglers returning to the iconic New York firehouse, collaborating with the original Ghostbusters who’ve established a clandestine laboratory for their paranormal investigations.
However, their discoveries take an unexpected turn when an ancient artifact unleashes malevolent forces, leading to a dire situation that necessitates the collaboration of the Spenglers and the OG busters. This newfound threat prompts a joint effort as they band together to confront and combat this menacing evil.
Jason Reitman, the director of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, has expressed a keen interest in expanding the Ghostbusters mythology beyond the events depicted in Afterlife. He envisions a continuation of the Ghostbusters saga, leveraging the foundation laid by Afterlife as a catalyst for a broader spectrum of Ghostbusters stories.
Furthermore, Reitman hinted at unresolved story elements from Afterlife that could potentially shape the direction of future sequels. One such hint revolves around a plot involving Egon deciding to repaint the Ghostbusters II logo on the Ecto-1, an intriguing narrative thread that didn’t unfold in the film but holds potential for development in future installments.
These teases and unresolved plot threads from Afterlife suggest a deliberate strategy to lay the groundwork for a more extensive Ghostbusters universe, setting the stage for a multitude of compelling stories and adventures to come.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Teasers and Expectations
The post-credit scene of Ghostbusters: Afterlife set the stage for the sequel, with Jason Reitman expressing a desire for continuous expansion within the Ghostbusters universe. He hinted at unrevealed story elements introduced in Afterlife that might play a role in future installments.
Additionally, the recently released trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire teased a new ice age threat and showcased both familiar faces and the younger generation of Ghostbusters, igniting excitement and anticipation among fans.
The anticipation for Frozen Empire builds on the success of its predecessor, promising an exciting continuation of the Ghostbusters saga while honoring its nostalgic roots and paving the way for future adventures in the beloved franchise.