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Film / Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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"Call it luck. Call it fate. Call it karma. I believe that everything happens for a reason."
Peter Venkman

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (titled Ghostbusters: Legacy in some countries) is a 2021 supernatural adventure film set in the Ghostbusters franchise, written and directed by Jason Reitman (son of Ivan, who directed the first two films and produces this one) and co-written by Gil Kenan of Monster House fame. It is the direct sequel to Ghostbusters II, disregarding the 2016 reboot.

Two siblings, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), move to the small town of Summerville with their single mother after she inherits property from their late grandfather. When the town experiences a rash of unexplained earthquakes, the kids — with the help of science teacher Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd) — discover their family's link to the original Ghostbusters, and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.


The film was originally scheduled for a 2020 release, but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the date has been pushed back to November 11, 2021.

Previews: Trailer.

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  • The Alleged Car: The Ecto-1 has to be coaxed back to life by Trevor, and the sliding stop at the end of the trailer demonstrates that the car's tires are dry-rotted to an alarming degree. This car began its life as the Ghostbusters' cruiser and a beater, but considering that it has been sitting untouched for a significant amount of time, the vehicles' poor condition is understandable.
  • Call-Back: In the trailer, the kids walk to an abandoned mine. The name on the entrance sign? Shandor Mining.
  • Cool Car: The original Ecto-1 makes an appearance in the trailer and, despite being 60 years old and sitting in a barn for decades, it's still fully capable of bustin' ghosts.
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  • Mythology Gag: In the trailer, the Ecto-1 has a gunner seat that slides out of the car, just like it did in The Real Ghostbusters.

Alternative Title(s): Ghostbusters 3


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