Actress Mckenna Grace has confirmed she is back as Phoebe Spengler in the sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife. She broke the news in an interview with ComicBook.com and says that despite constantly pressuring writer/director Jason Reitman for more information, she:
“…literally [has] no ounce of a clue what the story is, I’m just excited to do a second one. I’m just excited to be Phoebe.”
The sequel will reportedly feature the Spengler family moving to New York City and pick up the after credits scenes from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, with Ernie Hudson expected to play a big part. Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd are expected to appear in some form again. Ghostbusters: Firehouse was the rumored title.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife grossed $205 million worldwide against a production budget of $75 million and apparently made a huge amount of PVOD and home rental, continuing to do good numbers on streaming.
This third movie (Ghostbusters 2016 does not count and has been erased from the timeline by all right thinking movie fans) was a far cry from the 1990’s plan for Ghostbusters III: Hellbent.
In that proposed script, the Ghostbusters are transported to a parallel-universe version of Manhattan called Manhellton, where the people and places are “hellish” versions of Earth, and the characters meet and confront the Devil. Columbia Pictures were in… Bill Murray was not.
The Hellbent script’s main characters were a new, younger group of Ghostbusters. Ray, Egon, and Winston struggled to keep the business going after Peter’s relationship with Dana became serious. Chris Farley, Chris Rock, and Ben Stiller were reported as the new crew.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife seemed to set up a potential passing of the torch. Who knows, maybe aspects of the Hellbent plot will make it into the new movie?
The Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel is currently targeting a December 2023 release.