2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife had a strong launch at the box office in November 2021, taking in $44M in its first weekend on the way to a domestic total of $129M. The film’s $204M global gross more than offset its moderate $75M budget and while it wasn’t a critical darling, an A- CinemaScore meant it resonated with audiences. It didn’t take long for Sony to announce a sequel and in December 2022 they announced that Oscar nominee Gil Keenan was on board to direct and co-write with producer Jason Reitman, who directed the first film. Since then, things have stayed pretty quiet around the project but development must have gone well because Keenan and Reitman have revealed that production has begun.
The screenwriting duo took to Twitter to reveal that they were “Back in the Firehouse” on the first day of principal photography for the untitled sequel. The project’s working title, Firehouse, was revealed by Reitman on Ghostbuster’s Day in June of 2022 and is obviously a nod to the HQ of the original group of Ghostbusters. Ghostbusters: Afterlife saw the return of original Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore to the gang’s firehouse and teased big things for the future of the franchise.
Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd and McKenna Grace are all expected to be returning for the sequel, as well as Ernie Hudson. The untitled sequel is currently slated to hit theaters on December 20, 2023.