Earlier this year, Sony slated a sequel to 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife for a December 20, 2023 release. Right on time, the studio has now found a director for the film in Oscar nominee Gil Kenan. Afterlife director Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan created the franchise with 1984’s Ghostbusters, will produce and co-write the sequel with Kenan, who also shared script duties for the first film.
In a statement published by Deadline, Kenan confirmed his involvement with the film:
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.”Gil Kenan
Kenan’s directorial debut was 2006’s Monster House, which was nominated for 2007’s Best Animated Feature Film. Kenan also directed the 2015 Poltergeist reboot as well as one episode of Scream: The TV Series. The Afterlife sequel will be the second film on which Kenan will serve as both writer and director, joining 2021’s A Boy Called Christmas.
The trade report indicates that Afterlife stars Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon are expected to return and that the sequel will make good on the post-credit scene that saw Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore returning to New York City hinting at the future of the franchise.