In what seems to now be official, the new Ghostbusters movie has been titled Ghostbusters: Afterlife, according to what Sony submitted to the British Board of Film Classification. Ghostbusters 3 seems to have been a placeholder until Jason Reitman settled on the latest title, which has a much better ring to it. While it has not been confirmed, it would make the most sense to see the first Ghostbusters 3 trailer in front of Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level, which hits theaters on December 13th.
It has been reported that the Ghostbusters 3 trailer will be around two-and-a-half minutes long, which probably means it's a full-length trailer, as opposed to just a simple teaser. Director Jason Reitman wrapped production back in October, so that would give him plenty of time to have thrown something together for the Jumanji: The Next Level premiere next week. The upcoming movie is said to be very close to the original two movies and Dan Aykroyd has called it a passing of the torch to a younger generation. As it turns out, this will be an even younger generation than we've ever seen in the franchise thus far.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Carrie Coon as a single mother, with Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard as her kids. Paul Rudd is also in the movie as a teacher. It's possible Logan Kim and Celeste O'Connor are playing the older teens who have been mentioned in previous castings. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts are all returning from the original franchise and it is believed that Jason Reitman will be using old footage of Harold Ramis in some form or fashion. The director recently revealed there was a lot of footage left over from the first movie and teased it could be used to pay tribute to the late actor.
Jason Reitman shot Ghostbusters: Afterlife in secrecy. He would post some pictures from behind-the-scenes, but he did not reveal anything else. Fans had to wait on franchise star Dan Aykroyd to finally confirm that the surviving cast members, yes even Bill Murray, were all returning. However, he has yet to reveal if Rick Moranis will be back, which is what a lot of fans are holding out for, especially since he turned down a cameo in the 2016 all-female reboot.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife definitely has a better ring to it and teases something dark for our new group of Ghostbusters. There's more than likely a lot of VFX to finish before the July 2020 release date, so while the trailer is exciting news, we don't know how many ghosts we'll be seeing since production just wrapped not that long ago. Whatever the case may be, we'll be finding out shortly and we now at the very least have the official title. The British Board of Film Classification gave the first trailer an age rating and revealed the official title.