“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and the “Don’t Breathe” sequel now have fixed dates for release—June 11 and August 13, 2021, respectively.
Like most movies slated for a 2020 release, the debut date of the “Ghostbusters” sequel could not be fixed. Originally slated for a premiere on 10 July 2020, Sony pushed this date back to March 2021, and then finally to June 11. This puts it exactly 37 years after the original—and fans will have something to honour its anniversary with. “Jurassic World: Dominion” postponed its own June 10 release for one in 2022. However, with the unpredictability that we have seen in this year, and with no idea how the COVID-19 situation will change in the next few months, we cannot take these dates as fixed.
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is a direct sequel to “Ghostbusters” (1984) and “Ghostbusters II” (1989), set 30 years after the events of these movies. A single mother and her two kids move into a small town, where they discover their connection to the original ghostbusters, as well as the legacy that their grandfather left behind. Jason Reitman is the director, with Ivan Reitman as the producer.
The sequel gained attention after original ghostbuster, Bill Murray, agreed to join the cast. Those reprising their roles also include Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. The new cast is Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd.
The trailer for the movie sets up the possibility of a sequel, and if “Afterlife” captures the attention of the moviegoers like its original did, the production of the sequel could be put on fast-track for its production.
Also included in Sony’s announcement includes the release date of 2016’s “Don’t Breathe”, directed by Rodo Sayagues in his directorial debut—and he has also written the script with Fede Álvarez. The horror movie was a surprise hit, grossing $157 million from its $10 million budget.