To kick off the annual event, Sony spooks CinemaCon 2023 guests with new details about its Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel!
CinemaCon 2023 is officially underway! Sony is bringing its Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel to the stage to kick the annual event off with a scare, and fans of the franchise couldn’t wait to check it out. The follow-up to 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife busts into theaters on December 20, 2023, with filming underway.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace return for the sequel, reprising their roles as Trevor and Phoebe. Carrie Coon will play Callie, Trevor and Phoebe’s mom, and Ernie Hudson will play Winston Zeddemore. Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Emily Alyn Lind, Kumail Nanjiani, Celeste O’Connor, and James Acaster also star.
During Sony’s Ghostbusters presentation, Jason Reitman and Gil Keanan greeted the crowd in a video from the set. Reitman mentioned Ghostbusters: Afterlife premiered at CinemaCon two years ago. The entire cast wore Ghostbusters uniforms. Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon and their children, Trevor (Wolfhard), and Phoebe Grace (Grace), looked like real Ghostbusters. Rudd has shaved his beard this time instead of last time. The group is in New York at the original Ghostbusters Headquarters.
At first, Afterlife director Jason Reitman was expected to take the helm, once again directing from a screenplay he was writing with Gil Kenan – but then Sony revealed that Kenan would direct the new film. He previously helmed the animated movie Monster House, the live-action films City of Ember, A Boy Called Christmas, the Poltergeist remake, and an episode of the Scream TV series.
What do you think about Grooberson (Rudd), Callie (Coon), and the kids becoming full-fledged Ghostbusters for the sequel? Do you think the new film will feature more ghostly cameos like Aftermath? Are you surprised that this was all Sony had for one of the most anticipated films of the year? I’m surprised we didn’t receive a title but that’s probably because filming is still ongoing. Keep an eye out for more CinemaCon news as the event continues until Thursday. There will be plenty of announcements.