Going under the working title Firehouse, there’s every chance someone will yell “I love this town!” as Ghostbusters action returns to New York.
Mild spoilers follow for the end of Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Without veering into spoiler territory, Ghostbusters: Afterlife released towards the tail end of last year and as you’d likely expect from a studio franchise picture, left the door wide open for further films. Director Jason Reitman has already speculated about what a follow-up could look like, discussing bringing back Ghostbusters II‘s antagonist, Vigo the Carpathian, in an Afterlife sequel.
Whilst that isn’t yet confirmed, a few details have emerged via the Reitman’s writing partner, Gil Kenan. Whilst they won’t come as much of a surprise to anybody that saw Afterlife, they are confirmation that the follow-up will be firmly grasping the story threads that the first film left dangling.
“At the end of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Ecto-1 is driving into Manhattan, returning to its home,” describe Kenan, when chatting to The Hollywood Reporter. “And before anyone ever heard the title Afterlife, we called it Rust City. Which would not have made sense to anyone until they saw the movie. The code name for the next movie is ‘Firehouse.’”
That of course is a clear reference to the New York headquarters of the original Ghostbusters team and a location that pops up at the end of Afterlife. Reitman went on to confirm that the closing sequence featuring the firehouse and Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore would be key to the sequel, adding “the character of Winston Zeddemore and Zeddemore Industries figures strongly into the future of Ghostbusters.”
Finally, Kenan adds that the duo are working pretty quickly to get the script into shape, confirming that the story was already fully formed before Afterlife released, explaining “we’re writing as quickly as we can. We had the story before we finished Afterlife. And we have been crafting this with as much care as it took to build Afterlife into a worthy sequel.”
Whilst the name Firehouse likely won’t stick, it will be fun to see this new iteration of the Ghostbusters having adventures to New York. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it.
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