Ghostbusters: Afterlife director teases future of franchise

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Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Ghostbusters enthusiasts are in luck, as Afterlife director Jason Reitman has consciously made sure that the door remains open for future adventures.

In attendance at this weekend's New York Comic Con, Reitman shared with panel moderator Clark Collis of Entertainment Weekly that he aims to invite all kinds of filmmakers to tackle this iconic supernatural-comedy universe.

"We wanted to make a movie that opened the universe to all kinds of stories," he explained.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures


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"I want to see Ghostbusters movies from all of my favourite directors, and we hope that this movie sets the table for that."

We're just shooting in the dark here, but imagine the likes of Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Peter Jackson or even Steven Spielberg making their own ghoul-chasing blockbusters.

Meanwhile, Reitman (pictured below with his dad and original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman) appears to have smashed it with Afterlife, which received its first batch of reviews this week.

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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic - Getty Images

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"There are holes you could pick: there are a couple of plot points that feel under-explained. The fourth new ghostbuster, Lucky (Celeste O'Connor), isn't very fleshed out. For a film called Ghostbusters it's fairly light on ghosts. But it gives very little reason to want to pick those holes," suggested Empire Magazine.

"It's always fun, inventive and full of charm. If you have any concerns that Jason Reitman's film might sully the legacy of his dad's greatest creation, there's nothing to be afraid of."

The Hollywood Reporter also summarised: "Nostalgia is a double-edged sword and little has changed: The ghosts are elaborately fantastical MacGuffins that have nothing to do with life and death. But they require vanquishing, and this time there's more of a rooting interest, delightfully so, in the people called to do the job."

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is out in cinemas on November 11, 2021.

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