Who You Gonna Call?: Dan Aykroyd Says Ghostbusters Afterlife Sets Up New Main Team and Sequels

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It shouldn't come as any shock that the new Ghostbusters sequel Afterlife is going to set up a younger generation of proton pack carrying kids. After all, the preview never even shows any of the main team other than a quick photo of Egon Spengler, which is obviously a nod to his grand kids taking over the long dormant branded ghost busting namesake. But now Dan Aykroyd has once again commented on the upcoming sequel and says that this is all a set up for several more movies that will see a bigger crew and a new generation of Ghostbusters. This seemed blatantly obvious from the trailer and Jason Reitman's commentary that he's been working on more ideas for the franchise. 

After the failed Ghostbusters reboot a few years back, fans seem ready to experience some nostalgia that takes them back to their youth and a time when the Ghostbusters team was tops of the box office. Afterlife was meant to release this summer in theaters, but the entire Covid-19 outbreak put the movie on hold until it can get a better, safer release date. 

When speaking with EW, Aykroyd said that this third movie is, "passing the DNA of the first two movies directly to the new generation". Some might not like this, but with the original cast continuing to age, no one would be shocked to see a passing of the torch. He also added:

"It’s just a lot of fun to see these terrific young actors slinging the old Cadillac around and having the equipment in their hands. The story that develops from that is scary and funny and heartfelt and also funny. And it feeds into the possibility of more follow-ups with this group and with others who want to join."

The movie has now been pushed to March 5, 2021.