Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman started with a fuzzy vision: “I saw a girl in my head. She’s 12 years old and picking up a proton pack in the middle of a field. I didn’t know who she was. This young man was seen in Ecto 1 as he was gliding across the wheat fields. I didn’t know who he was.” And then, “When Harold Ramis passed away, I knew who they were: They were the Spenglers.”
A sequel to the 1984 film is in the works. Ghostbusters classic directed by Jason’s father, Ivan Reitman, has long wandered in purgatory. It seemed impossible to imagine the possibilities when original cast member Ramis died in 2014. But the younger Reitman and co-writer Gil Kenan rooted the legacy of Ramis’s character Egon Spengler into the plot and his descendants in Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Father and son Reitmans, alongside writer Kenan and actors Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Logan Kim, and Celeste O’Connor gathered at 2021 New York Comic Con on Friday to talk about the upcoming movie. Original GhostbustersThe film starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson. Ghostbusters 2 sequel, cartoons, comic, and a 2016 reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, and Leslie Jones.
An update to the original GhostbustersAnd Ghostbusters 2 Afterlife This film is more serious than its comic predecessors and has a Spielbergian feel to it. Coon stars as the single mother, Wolfhard as Grace and Grace as Grace’s two children who are moving into a crumbling farmhouse in Summerville. This movie will be available in November.
The younger Reitman’s directorial work include indies JunoAnd Tully. He divulged, with humor, about the anxiety of having his father, the original classic’s director, on setThey were touching. “Our director’s chairs are closer than they are right there [at Comic Con]. It was touching. That’s wonderful. For most of the time.” He laughed and shared, “Imagine for a second that your parents came to work on all the decisions you made and weigh in on the decisions you made. And if you disagree, you’re going to get into an argument. It is impossible to say what you want on the set. dad.”
His father expanded, “Jason had to be a captain of this large enterprise and find this fresh way to do this story. While we attempted to not fight, some of us did. But we were passionate and we just tried to find a way to control the passion.”
They have a great legacy. Wolfhard plays Trevor, the oldest Spengler grandkid. as “want[ing]It is to belong and feel accepted. He finds that through moving to a new town and piecing together his family life and his old roots.”
Wolfhard has been a regular wearer of the Ghostbuster jumpsuit. “I wonder why [the project around the audition] seemed so secretive,” he said. It was revealed to be a shady organization. GhostbustersHe was stunned that he had it. “I was in Stranger ThingsIt was a great gift! It was the one I wore. [Ghostbuster]In an episode, costume [of Stranger Things] and I thought it may rub Jason the wrong way.”
Mckenna Grace, portraying the younger Spengler granddaughter, described her character Phoebe as “this weird awkward girl. She visits this farmhouse to find out about their families. [is] connecting to the grandfather she never knew.” Since the film had been delayed persistently by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, seeing her younger and smaller self was surreal for Mckenna: “I look completely different [during filming]. My grandma watched the trailer and she called my mom to say, I don’t see Mckenna in it.”
Jason Reitman teased the crowd that the panel would be showing an exclusive clip. But he didn’t show a clip — he screened the entire film, much to the whooping of the room. Before the screening, he wrapped up the panel by saying, “I love streaming and it’s helped me get through the pandemic. However, I also love movies. We wanted a movie to be enjoyed with popcorn, a screen, and sound.”
Ghostbusters: AfterlifeNovember 19th,
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