Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Where The Idea For This Sequel Came From

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Has the Tools and the Talent

Many of us weren’t really sure about a Ghostbusters follow-up when it was first announced. Our own Kyle Malone especially hated the idea of having a film in the franchise follow a band of teens instead of adults. After all, that original film had more of a dry, blue-collar sense of humor, and the idea of centering a new story around teens seemed to the wrong way to go if you wanted to recapture fans.

But then that first trailer hit. While it doesn’t look like it’s in line with what that original film was in terms of its style, that didn’t make it an uninteresting watch. Perhaps most eye-catching were the kids themselves, who sported the same sort of hair that the late, great Harold Ramis sported in the film.

It was never officially confirmed, but the implications were there. In fact, that’s where the kernel of an idea started.

“Before I ever thought I could make a Ghostbusters film,” director Jason Reitman told Vanity Fair, “the image of a 12-year-old girl carrying a proton pack popped into my head and just wouldn’t leave. Eventually, I knew who she was,” Reitman said. “I’m floored by the idea of what it would be like to find a proton pack in your grandparents’ basement. What would that discovery reveal about who you are and what adventures you’re about to go on?”

From what the trailer reveals, the kids in question are the descendants of Egon Spengler. What better stuff to find in your grandparents’ basement than ghostbusting equipment? It also seems like family is sort of the big buzzword surrounding the movie, as Jason Reitman is the son of Ivan Reitman, who directed that original film.

“If I think about who I’m making this movie for, it’s my father,” Reitman told the outlet. “We all know what it’s like to be told stories by our parents. I’m really honored to get a chance to tell one back to him from the world he brought to life.”

But that’s not all. More than anything, it sounds like this movie has a different aim than just to make you laugh.

“I wanted to make a movie about finding a proton pack in an old barn and the thrill of actually putting it on for the first time,” Reitman said. “I’ve had friends come to the set and hoist on the packs, and it always turns grown-ups into children.”

What do you think of the whole idea behind this film? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Vanity Fair

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