A major question surrounding Jason Reitman’s revival of the original Ghostbusters film series involved the return of the original surviving cast members to next year’s sequel (now tentatively titled Ghostbusters 2020), and now we have official confirmation from franchise co-creator Dan Aykroyd himself: not only has Bill Murray signed on, but co-stars Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will return as well, and we’ve known since September that Ernie Hudson is also reprising his role.
Sadly we lost Harold Ramis (a.k.a. Egon Spengler) in 2014, and Rick Moranis has mostly retired from showbiz. But this news – which Aykroyd recently announced on The Greg Hill Show – is sure to energize fans of the first two films in the series, both of which were directed by Jason’s father Ivan Reitman (who is co-producing GB2020 with Aykroyd).
We also know that the sequel is set within the canon established by the first two movies, but centers on an as-yet-unnamed family with a mysterious connection to the original Ghostbusters team. The family will include Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT), Mckenna Grace (Annabelle Comes Home) and Carrie Coon (Avengers: Infinity War).
“Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation,” Aykroyd revealed on the show. “It hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and characters.” He also confirmed that Murray, Weaver and Potts have already completed filming their scenes.
“It’s gonna be scary, it’s gonna be thought-provoking, it’s gonna be very heartfelt,” Aykroyd added, complimenting Jason Reitman’s “beautiful” script. “You’ll feel it, if you have loved ones that you miss and that you’ve lost, and you want to get back with. It’ll be very evocative that way.” It’s likely some of these emotional moments will involve the absence of Harold Ramis’s Spengler, whom Aykroyd hinted would be “recognized” in the film.
Ghostbusters 2020 is slated for release on July 10, 2020 through Sony Pictures.