There’s just something about the universe of Ghostbusters which is a ton of fun for moviegoers to find themselves lost in, enjoying the light touch of Hollywood’s take on the paranormal as brought to life by the likes of Ivan and Jason Reitman (the father and son duo who brought to film fans Ghostbusters I & II and the recent box-office smash Ghostbusters: Afterlife respectively). Helping it all go down nice and smooth, too, are such wonderfully comedic actors as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (we miss you, Harold), Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace who have all figured prominently into the three films of the Ghostbusters series which are considered to be canon. Is it any wonder then that after three very popular and money-making endeavors that Sony Pictures has officially signed a ton of the names I just shamelessly brandied about for an upcoming fourth Ghostbusters movie? To make it all even more real and grounded, a new director has now been announced as tackling the world of ghosts and laughter…
According to our Abbot and Costello Meets Frankenstein admirers over at The Hollywood Reporter, master filmmaker Gil Kenan – the helmer behind the delightful 2006 computer animated flick Monster House – has taken a promotion, moving up from his hallowed spot as both a co-writer and executive producer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife and landing in the comfy chair as the director in the new sequel; well-played, Sony…well-played.
In a press release announcing his new directing gig, Kenan said that “It’s an absolute honor to pick up the proton pack and step behind the camera for the next chapter of the Spengler family saga. I just wish I could go back to 1984 and tell the kid in the sixth row of the Mann Valley West that one day he was going to get to direct a Ghostbusters film.”
The new Ghostbusters sequel is set to take place in New York City and is currently going under the working title of Fire House, a tip of the old Irish hat to the headquarters for Venkman and Co. in the first two films. Word ‘round the old photon pack campfire has it that the ol’ HQ will also figure prominently in the new film, making all of us first generation Ghostbusters fans quite happy indeed.
The eagerly anticipated sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife is scheduled to haunt movie houses the world over in December of 2023!