There has been talk about a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife for a while and now it’s been announced that a director has been found – Gil Kenan.
Kenan co-wrote Afterlife with Jason Reitman, who directed the original. Reitman is stepping aside from the sequel, but is happy to see Kenan take over. He said:
“A few years ago, my father handed me the keys to Ecto-1 and together we made Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Words will never express how grateful I am to have made a film with my father by my side. It’s now time to hand those keys to my creative partner and fellow Ghostbuster Gil Kenan, a brilliant director who will keep the Spengler spirit alive. I can only hope to provide him the same producorial care and support that my father showed me.”
Kenan sent out an statement:
“It’s an absolute honor to pick up the proton pack and step behind the camera for the next chapter of the Spengler family saga. I just wish I could go back to 1984 and tell the kid in the sixth row of the Mann Valley West that one day he was going to get to direct a Ghostbusters film.”
Kenan is known for directing movies like Monster House, City of Ember, Poltergeist (2015), and A Boy Called Christmas. Both Kenan and Reitman will be penning a script, which looks like it will take the story back to New York. Both Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon will be returning for the sequel.
And to think, in 2016, the franchise looked dead after the clusterfuck of the gender-swapped version. Never forget.
The sequel for Ghostbusters: Afterlife has only just gone into production, but we’ll keep you posted on a release date.