According To Sony CEO Ghostbusters: Afterlife Saved The Franchise
Ghostbusters: Afterlife resurrected the series after the 2016 remake "didn't work out so well," according to Sony chairman and CEO Tom Rothman
Unlike Paul Feig's divisive 2016 all-female Ghostbusters reboot, Sony followed in the footsteps of Star Wars and made Ghostbusters: Afterlife a legacy sequel. The film, directed and co-written by Reitman, son of the late Ivan Reitman, follows Egon Spengler's (Harold Ramis) estranged family as they acquire his dilapidated Oklahoma property following his death.
Spengler's grandkids Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) quickly discover their ghost-busting pedigree courtesy to Phoebe's summer school science instructor, Gary Grooberson, despite their mother Callie's (Carrie Coon) disapproval (Paul Rudd). To save the world from Gozer the Gozerian, they must band up with some of Summerville's other residents (and, eventually, the other original Ghostbusters). Ghostbusters: Afterlife was one of the blockbusters most struck by COVID-19, having been postponed no less than four times, yet it was largely well reviewed when it eventually released.
After two badly received sequels to the 1984 original, Rothman claims that Afterlife salvaged the Ghosbusters series. The Sony chairman and CEO noted in an interview with Deadline that when he initially took over Sony in 2015, the studio's reputation was that it had no intellectual property (IP) to develop movies with. Rothman, on the other hand, claimed it possessed "great" IP, like Ghostbusters. The Sony CEO then hinted that, while the 2016 revival "didn't work out so well," Afterlife was a "tremendous success" thanks to Ivan and Jason Reitman. Read his entire remark below:
“When I took over Sony, it was said, oh, Sony has no IP. Not true. We actually had fantastic IP. We just needed to focus on it. We had Jumanji, Bad Boys, Uncharted. Ghostbusters, another example. Just before I got here, they took a turn down a road that didn’t work out that well. But because of Jason Reitman and his relationship with Ivan, may he rest in peace, we were able to resuscitate that into a tremendous success, both theatrically and in home entertainment.”
Despite conflicting reviews, many people thought Feig's 2016 Ghostbusters remake was an enjoyable, hilarious, and distinctive addition to the franchise. Unfortunately, the film's core ensemble of famous and brilliant female comedians (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones) faced tremendous internet outrage when they took on the iconic Ghostbusters roles, most of which was sexist in nature. Furthermore, unlike Afterlife, which mainly relies on nostalgia and the previous films, some do not consider it to be part of the Ghostbusters canon. Afterlife also includes a lot of fan service, with cameos from the original cast as well as the introduction of lovable new characters. Because Phoebe obviously inherited her grandfather's love of science and awkward wit, Afterlife's intergenerational approach had a touching effect for many spectators when paired with the father-son partnership of the Reitmans.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife was unquestionably a triumph for both Jason Reitman and Sony, effectively resurrecting the original Ghostbusters legend despite several setbacks. Ghostbusters 5 is officially in development, according to Sony. The continuance of the franchise appears to validate Rothman's remarks, showing that Ghostbusters: Afterlife effectively introduced a new generation of fans to the famous sci-fi universe in a manner that the 2016 reboot did not. The future of Ghostbusters seems bright as long as the studio and whoever is chosen to helm the next picture continue to strike a mix between nostalgia and creative, exciting new concepts.