Sony is working on a fifth ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

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what comes next Life after death?

I guess we’ll find out. During their CinemaCon presentation this week in Las Vegas, Sony confirmed that work was underway on a new ghost hunters film. This would mark the fifth film in the long-running and sometimes beloved (and sometimes inexplicably controversial) franchise about a group of schlubs who catch ghosts. The most recent film in the saga, Ghostbusters: Afterlifeprovided a proverbial resurrection for the show’s original continuity and featured most of the surviving members of the original cast, including Bill Muirray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts.

beyond — which was directed by Jason Reitman and produced by Ivan Reitman before the filmmaker passed away earlier this year – grossed $129 million in the US and just $68 million overseas. It’s not exactly the kind of box office total that usually qualifies as a blockbuster these days, but apparently it was good enough for Sony to start working on another movie.

The studio hasn’t announced any cast members or if Jason Reitman is involved again. If the plan is to continue with the characters established in Life after deaththe movie left things on a cliffhanger that could be salvaged in a the afterlife film. (Minor spoilers to follow.) In a post-credits scene, it turns out that former Ghostbuster Winston is now an extremely wealthy man, and he returns to the old Tribeca fire station where the band used to. to hang out, apparently determined to restart their old business. Meanwhile, a light on the old ghost trap in the basement of the fire station flashes red.

Man, those Ghostbusters were really irresponsible tenants. They just left the ghosts when they moved? Maybe Walter Peck was right about them!

Nevertheless, this leaves room for a new ghost hunters movie to pick up those threads, with Winston and maybe even some of the younger characters introduced in Life after death launch of a new team. Or Sony could drop all of that and start over. Or they could make a new movie starring Paul Feig’s cast Ghost hunters. Right now all we know is that breaking will make someone feel good again in the near future.

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