Sony has finally set a theatrical release date for the upcoming "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" sequel. On June 28, Deadline reported that the film will hit theaters in December 2023, roughly two years after its predecessor.
The outlet also noted that Sony previously teased the sequel in a sizzle reel at CinemaCon in April. It will be the fifth Ghostbusters movie in the overall 38-year-old franchise. Per the postcredits sequence from "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," the forthcoming film will return to the franchise's original New York City and firehouse settings.
In an October 2021 interview with Entertainment Weekly ahead of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife"'s Nov. 19 premiere, director Jason Reitman expressed his excitement for the future of the Ghostbusters series. "We wanted to make a movie that opened the universe to all kinds of stories," he said. "I want to see 'Ghostbusters' movies from all of my favorite directors, and we hope that this movie sets the table for that."
"Ghostbusters: Afterlife," a direct sequel to "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II," combined the original cast from the '80s classics with new faces of the film series, taking place 30 years later when a single mother and her children move to Oklahoma. There, they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather's legacy.
"Ghostbusters" veteran Ernie Hudson, who plays Winston Zeddemore, shared in an interview with Good Day Chicago that he'd be down to return for an "Afterlife" sequel. "If they threw [a sequel] at me, I'd be honored to do it," he said before the new installment's confirmation.
The cast of the "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" sequel has yet to be announced, but fans could see the return of Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, and Mckenna Grace, along with the original cast, sooner rather than later. More details on the sequel to come.