Sony has confirmed that there will be a Ghostbusters 4, but there is still no official date for the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel. After Paul Feig's reboot with only women, the first two movies were brought back for the 2021 sequel.
It picked up with Egon Spengler's daughter Cassie and his grandchildren Phoebe and Trevor, who are the second and third generation of Ghostbusters. Even though critics had mixed feelings about it, fans loved Ghostbusters: Afterlife enough for Sony to announce that a sequel will come out in April 2022.
There wasn't a formal announcement, but a trailer for Ghostbusters 4 was shown at CinemaCon (or 5 if you want to include the Feig movie). So, to celebrate the exciting news here's everything you need to know about Ghostbusters 4 and how Ghostbusters: Afterlife sets it up.
Ghostbusters 4 Expected Release Date
Sony has confirmed that there will be a fourth Ghostbusters movie, but we don't yet know when it will come out. Ghostbusters: Afterlife was shot from July to October 2019, but it didn't come out in theatres until October 2021.
It was supposed to come out in July 2020. Using the first movie's release date as a guide, we could expect to see the new movie in theatres in 2023 if filming for it starts this year. We don't know when it will start filming, though, as of right now. Apologies for that.
What Will Happen in Ghostbusters 4?
We don't know what the next movie will be about yet, but Before Afterlife came out, director Jason Reitman said that it “opened the universe to all kinds of stories.”So, for now, all we can do is look at how the threequel ends to see if there are any clues there.
At the end of Afterlife, Trevor, Phoebe, and their friends Podcast and Lucky beat Gozer (yes, the same Gozer from the 1984 movie), and everything is okay with the world. Cassie makes peace with the ghost of her dead father, Egon, and she and Gary are probably going to live happily, if a little strangely, ever after.
The family probably lives in Egon's old house in Summerville, Oklahoma, and all is well with the world. There are, of course, scenes after the credits. It's the second one that kind of hints at a possible sequel, but it's still not clear how.
In the end, Winston tells Janine, the old receptionist for the Ghostbusters, about his accomplishments, but mostly about how finding a place to belong with the Ghostbusters helped him grow.
As the scene changes to him going back to the old fire station where the Ghostbusters were based to get the car from Oklahoma, he tells the story. At the same time, strange sounds are coming from inside the firehouse.
We think that director Jason Reitman wanted us to leave with the question of whether or not he plans to bring back the original Ghostbusters. There are no clear signs of a sequel, though, so whatever comes next could have nothing to do with this.
Ghostbusters 4: Possible Cast
As for October 2022, we don’t know who’ll be in the Ghostbusters 4 cast. But we can guess with some confidence that McKenna Grace will be back as Phebe Spengler. If you bring back Phoebe, you'd have to bring back Carrie Coon as her mother Callie, and Finn Wolfhard as her brother Trevor, if he's not too busy with Stranger Things.
We'd love to see the original team back together, but we don't think that will happen. Winston Zeddemore, played by Ernie Hudson, is set up as the Ghostbusters' new sponsor in Afterlife, so it would make sense for him to come back.
In the same way, Ray Stantz, played by Dan Ackroyd, is still in New York working at his occult book shop, so he could come back. On the other hand, Bill Murray is the odd man out. Murray has always been very vague about whether or not he wants to come back to the Ghostbusters franchise.
Even though he came back for “Afterlife” and might come back again if he likes the script, we wouldn't be surprised if that was the last time we saw Peter Venkman. So far, that's all we know about the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel.
Who is the Maker of Ghostbusters?
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.