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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Ending Explained and After-Credits Scenes Breakdown
What happens in the two post-credits scenes in ghostbusters: afterlife.
Full SPOILERS ahead for Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Much of the third act of Ghostbusters: Afterlife has not been seen in any of the trailers or other marketing materials, a move that has preserved the surprises the finale has in store. Like the recent Star Wars trilogy, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is one giant Easter Egg-laden nostalgia trip, and its third act is where all of those callbacks come to a head.
While the final act settles the past, the film’s post-credits scene hints at the future of the Ghostbusters franchise. Let’s break down — or should we say bust? — the ending of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and its two after-credits scenes.
The film’s young protagonists — Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), her big brother Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), her summer school classmate Podcast (Logan Kim), and Trevor’s crush Lucky (Celeste O'Connor) — head to the abandoned Shandor mining complex where they discover a pit of angry spirits being held in check by proton stream tech installed by the late Egon Spengler (who we saw die in the film’s opening moments).
Egon’s granddaughter Phoebe realizes that her grandfather wasn’t the crazy “dirt farmer” the citizens of Summerville deemed him nor was he the uncaring dad his daughter Callie (Carrie Coon) thought but someone who sacrificed everything — his family, friends, and ultimately his life — to save the world from Ivo Shandor’s final attempt to bring back the god of destruction, Gozer the Gozerian.
They return to Egon’s farmhouse where they discover Callie has been possessed and become The Gatekeeper, the same entity who possessed Dana Barrett in the original 1984 movie. Similar to Dana in that film, the possessed Callie declares: “There is no Mom, only Zuul.” Callie the Gatekeeper asks Podcast if he is the Keymaster before freaking out, smashing through the window, and heading to the butte atop the Shandor mine.
With it up to them to save the world, the kids return to the police station, which is empty because the cops are out responding to the ghost invasion. The kids retrieve their gear and the Ecto-1 that’s been impounded following their arrest by the sheriff (Bokeem Woodbine), who also just so happens to be Lucky’s dad.
Podcast releases Muncher from the trap so it can chew through the cell bars, allowing Podcast and Phoebe to retrieve their ghostbusting gear. Trevor and Lucky commandeer the Ecto-1 and a cop car, everyone suits up, and they head off to the mine to take care of business.
At the mine, the kids meet Gozer (played by Olivia Wilde). Yes, “Flattop” from the original film is back! She’s even seated upon a stone staircase as she was in the ‘84 movie. Ivo Shandor himself (J.K. Simmons in a brief cameo) also awakens from his stasis to praise the return of Gozer and proclaim that she can now help him rule the world. Gozer simply tears Shandor in half.
Callie and her date (and Phoebe and Podcast’s summer school teacher) Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd), like Dana Barrett and Louis Tully before them, have been possessed and transformed into the terror dog forms of the Gatekeeper and the Keymaster.
While Phoebe distracts Gozer with bad science jokes, Podcast lines up the trap to capture her. The kids trap Gozer’s spectral form, free Callie (but not Gary) from her terror dog form, and race back to Egon’s farmhouse. Phoebe explains that Egon’s land is not a dirt farm but one giant trap engineered to capture all the ghosts from Shandor’s mine and prevent the end of the world.
At the farmhouse, though, their plan to rid the world of Gozer quickly goes sideways. Lucky becomes the new Gatekeeper, equipment is failing and all seems lost when the three surviving Ghostbusters — Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), and Winston Zeddimore (Ernie Hudson) — arrive, Particle Throwers blasting. Together with the kids, the original Ghostbusters eventually get the upper hand of Gozer. It’s during this sequence that the movie fully visualizes what it had only suggested beforehand: Egon Spengler’s ghost!
We first see Egon’s spectral form helping Phoebe aim her Particle Thrower at Gozer and after this, the CG recreation of the late Harold Ramis takes on an even more prominent role. Though he never speaks, Egon’s kindly, smiling ghost fights alongside his old teammates to stop Gozer once and for all. Ray apologizes for not believing Egon years ago and for the friendship-ending rift that caused. Venkman fires off the quips — especially against Gozer — while Winston provides, well, the tools and the talent.
In the end, it takes the whole bunch — the Spenglers, the surviving Ghostbustsrs, and newcomer Podcast — to turn the tide, trap Gozer, and stop the end of the world. Lucky and Gary are freed from their terror dog forms while the ghost of Egon bids a heartfelt goodbye to his family and friends. As he hugs his daughter Callie, Egon’s spirit disintegrates, the remnants fluttering up into the starry night like embers.
Then the following words appear onscreen against the sky: “For Harold” …
The movie closes with the classic Ghostbusters theme by Ray Parker Jr. over an aerial shot heading into New York City, the setting of the original two movies, as sirens wail.
End credits roll … but that’s not the end of the movie.
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Does Ghostbusters: Afterlife Have an After-Credits Scene?
Yes, it does. Two in fact. A mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene, both of which involve the original Ghostbusters cast.
The mid-credits scene of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a riff on the original film’s ESP test scene. After the cast credits list a special appearance by Sigourney Weaver, the film cuts to Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett at home. She’s wearing a wedding ring so the assumption can be made they got married sometime after Ghostbusters II.
Dana tests Peter’s ESP ability with the same cards he once used to test his students at Columbia University. And like the unlucky male student in the ‘84 film, Peter is shocked by an electrode when he guesses the wrong ESP symbol on the card. But by the end, Dana keeps shocking Peter until she gets him to admit the cards were marked and he only ever shocked the male students and not the female ones.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s post-credits scene sets up another sequel -- one not set in Summerville, Oklahoma but back in the franchise’s home base of New York City. There is a brief vintage scene of Egon (the late Harold Ramis) and Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) where she gives him her lucky coin from the 1964 World's Fair at Flushing Meadow. This is actually a deleted scene from the original film.
It cuts from Janine handing Egon her lucky coin to her, in the present, looking at it. She’s in the office building of Winston Zeddemore, who has transformed himself in his post-ghostbusting years into a billionaire businessman. The man who began as the blue-collar Ghostbuster is now a one-percenter. Winston explains to Janine that his time with the Ghostbusters convinced him he had the tools and the talent to better himself. Not only did Winston pay many of Egon’s bills but he also didn’t turn the old firehouse headquarters into a Starbucks as Ray said it was. Winston says no matter what he’s achieved since he will always be a Ghostbuster.
We then see Winston arrive at the old Ghostbusters headquarters as the Ecfo-1 finally comes home. (Winston said during the third act that he would take care of the battered, old vehicle.) Winston runs his hand down the car and then walks further into the dilapidated building. The final shot of the movie reveals the Containment Unit in the basement of the firehouse blinking red, an ominous sign that all the psycho-kinetic energy held within it is ready to burst out.
If a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife does happen then will the Spenglers be in it if it’s set in New York City? Did they stay in Oklahoma or did Winston pay off their debts so they could afford to move to New York? Considering how integral Phoebe was to Ghostbusters: Afterlife, it would seem odd to not at least bring her character back for a sequel. And if the film is set in New York, does this mean fans will see Peter, Ray, and Winston suit up yet again to save the day? Time -- and the box office receipts for Ghostbusters: Afterlife -- will tell.
What did you think of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, its ending and end credits scenes? Did all that bustin’ make you feel good? What did you think of seeing Egon’s ghost? Let us know in the comments. And for more, check out our Ghostbusters: Afterlife review and what the Ghostbusters cast had to tell us .
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Sigourney Weaver’s ‘Glorious’ Description Of Ghostbusters: Afterlife Will Get Fans Psyched
Ghostbusters : Afterlife is trying to relaunch the iconic franchise with a nostalgic feel and commitment to what made the original movies work while ushering their ideas into the modern age. Ghostbusters : Afterlife screened at CinemaCon and garnered positive reactions from fans and those lucky enough to be in attendance. Unfortunately, Ghostbusters : Afterlife has been delayed like most movies on the calendar, but it’s not all bad news. Sigourney Weaver , one of the stars of the original films, has a "glorious" description of Ghostbusters: Afterlife , and it will definitely get fans hyped.
While promoting her new film, The Good House , which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sigourney Weaver spoke to ET Canada about Ghostbusters: Afterlife and how excited she is about stepping back into her role of Dana Barrett 37 years later. Weaver provided an exciting description of Ghostbusters: Afterlife that fans can get excited about, saying:
It's full of heart. It's very funny. It's very charming. And it will surprise everybody. It's just a glorious film.
Sigourney Weaver gave a warm and positive description of Ghostbusters: Afterlife , citing the personal and charming nature of the film. She's one of the many original Ghostbusters cast members taking part in Afterlife , and it’s a positive sign that Weaver feels pretty strongly about it. The trailer for Afterlife was very nostalgic and family-oriented, and it looks like the film wants to bridge the gap between what came before to what it takes to capture a new generation in the process.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will follow a single mother who moves to Oklahoma with her two children, who discover their grandfather’s past with the original Ghostbusters. Supernatural events reminiscent of what took place in the original film start unfolding, and the family has to come together and get old friends involved to solve the mystery of what’s going on. The movie will feature returning stars like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd alongside the new cast members, and it's exciting that it's nearly here.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife 's director, Jason Reitman , has spoken about what it has been like finally making a Ghostbusters movie, following in his father Ivan Reitman ’s footsteps, who started the franchise . The younger Reitman will be continuing the family legacy, which is a great way to look at Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Hopefully, the son’s contribution to the franchise has the staying power that his father's had.
Sigourney Weaver has been busy between her various projects and performing underwater for Avatar 2 . Weaver is returning to Pandora and has relished the opportunity to join director James Cameron once again, though it is worth noting that rather than reprising Dr. Grace Augustine, she'll play a new character. But along with the actress' time in the Avatar world, plenty of folks are looking forward to seeing what she'll be doing in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
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Ghostbusters Afterlife: 2 Post-Credits Scenes, Explained
The future of the ghostbusters franchise — and a gag with a beloved actor..
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- Ghostbusters: Afterlife released November 19 in cinemas
- Mid-credits scene involves Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver
- Post-credits scene teases another sequel set in New York
Ghostbusters: Afterlife — out now in cinemas worldwide — serves as a direct sequel to the original Ghostbusters movie from 1984, and its (thankfully) forgotten 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II. It brings back Bill Murray and Co. for a limited time, though for the most part it's about a new generation of ghostbusters. This isn't the first time. We had that all-female-led reboot in 2016 that didn't work with critics or audiences. Ghostbusters: Afterlife completely ignores its characters and story though, shifting focus to the family of an original member in small-town America. That said, it does keep one tradition of the 2016 reboot: post-credits scene. In fact, there are two of them. To be fair, post-credits scenes are a Marvel tradition at this point, so credit where it's due.
Warning: major spoilers ahead for Ghostbusters: Afterlife . Proceed at your own risk.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife ending, explained
The new Ghostbusters movie ends where it began, at the Summerville farmhouse that Callie Spengler (Carrie Coon) moved to with her two kids, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace). With the help of the ghost of Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and the original gang — Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) — they put a stop to the main villain Gozer (Olivia Wilde).
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Following the fight, the original crew share words with Egon's ghost (who never speaks by the way, limited I suppose due to the fact that they used archival footage of Ramis who passed away in 2014). Ray apologises for not believing him, Winston says he will do good by his friend, and Venkman just nods. Egon then turns around to face his estranged daughter Callie who runs up to him and embraces him. Trevor and Phoebe join the emotional goodbye, before Egon's spirit floats away.
As the camera pans up and away, Ghostbusters: Afterlife closes with the words “For Harold”. It then jump cuts to New York City, where we see the Ecto-1 being driven into the city. Winston promised he would take care of it, which explains why the car is being taken back.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife mid-credits scene, explained
The mid-credits scene of the new Ghostbusters movie appears after the names of the main cast members have rolled in big font. The last name is Sigourney Weaver, which is very odd for anyone who's just seen Ghostbusters: Afterlife since the actress is nowhere in the film. Well, not yet anyway. The Ghostbusters: Afterlife mid-credits scene opens with Weaver's face — she played Venkman's love interest Dana Barrett back in the ‘80s.
They are still together it seems, what with a wedding ring on Weaver's finger. The mid-credits scene riffs on the original Ghostbusters movie's ESP machine test — the one that Peter used with students at Columbia University. But this time around, it's Dana who is controlling the machine not Peter. She holds up a card and asks him to guess the shape on the other side. After Peter gets it right, she tries another one. He gets that right too.
Dana wonders if Peter has marked the cards. He lies he hasn't, but then after Dana shocks him with the ESP machine, he admits he did mark the cards. Dana then starts shocking him over and over. To defend himself and get some sympathy, Peter says that he only ever shocked the male students at Columbia, never the women. Dana then shocks him again one more time, before the scene cuts away. As you can tell, the Ghostbusters: Afterlife mid-credits scene is an extended gag really.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife post-credits scene, explained
Unlike the mid-credits scene, the post-credits scene in the new Ghostbusters movie is all business — as it tries to set up the future of the beleaguered franchise. It begins with a vintage (deleted) scene from the original movie, involving Egon (Ramis) and Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) who gave him a coin — her lucky coin from the 1964 World's Fair in New York — before he went up the building to save the world. Egon says no, but she insists saying she has another at home.
We then cut to present day with Janine admiring her lucky coin. Did she get it back from Egon afterwards? Or is this the second one? Anyhoo, the Ghostbusters: Afterlife post-credits scene jumps again to a meeting between Janine and Winston (Hudson) at the latter's office. Winston talks about how he has had a successful life — he's a billionaire now — thanks to the time he spent with the Ghostbusters crew. It was there he discovered he had the talent to be better.
Winston then reveals that not only did he pay Egon's bills, he hasn't let their old firehouse headquarters be turned into a coffee shop, as Ray had claimed earlier in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The Ghostbusters: Afterlife post-credits scene cuts to the abandoned headquarters, where Winston is waiting for the Ecto-1 to roll in, having made the journey back from Summerville to New York City. Winston says that he will aways be a Ghostbuster.
As the car rolls into the Ghostbusters' former HQ, the camera turns to a red box on the wall: the containment unit. A light is blinking red, which is naturally ominous, signalling that it's about to burst. What does that mean? Well, that's a clear and obvious setup for another Ghostbusters sequel — and it seems it will bring the franchise back to home territory. Will it still involve the next generation of Spenglers? That depends on Ghostbusters: Afterlife's box office, I'd imagine.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is now playing in cinemas in India and around the world. It's available in 2D and IMAX 2D.
- Release Date 19 November 2021
- Language English
- Genre Comedy, Fantasy
- Cast Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Logan Kim, Celeste O'Connor, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Oliver Cooper, Bokeem Woodbine, Marlon Kazadi, Sydney Mae Diaz, Tracy Letts, Josh Gad
- Director Jason Reitman
- Producer Ivan Reitman
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Here’s what Sigourney Weaver thought of Ghostbusters : Afterlife …
The carrie coon, finn wolfhard, mckenna grace and paul rudd-starring reboot opens in january.
Sigourney Weaver rejoins her original “Ghostbusters” co-stars for the upcoming “Ghostbusters : Afterlife”, in cinemas January 1.
The “Alien” actress, reprising her Dana Barrett role in the Jason Reitman-directed reboot, tells ET Canada that the new film is a worthy sequel to the 1984 classic.
“It’s full of heart. It’s very funny. It’s very charming. And it will surprise everybody,” Weaver said. “It’s just a glorious film.”
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mum and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
The Ivan Reitman produced film stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd, with OG castmembers Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson also returning.
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Every 'Ghostbuster' Cameo You May Have Missed—From OG Cast Members To Surprising Celebs
Ghostbusters: Afterlife already contained a talented cast of actors, but it's ramped up a notch with a cavalcade of surprise cameos.
McKenna Grace ( Designated Survivor ), Carrie Coon ( Fargo ), Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard ( Stranger Things ) all star in the new family movie, which continues the legacy laid out by Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 . Jason Reitman, son of original director Ivan Reitman, takes the reins of the franchise for Ghostbusters: Afterlife , while Ivan and Dan Aykroyd serve as executive producers.
The trailer promises appearances from old Ghostbuster technology and references, but the movie has even more surprises in store for fans.
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Here's every returning and original character seen in Ghostbusters: Afterlife in the order that they appear.
** WARNING: Major spoilers ahead**
Annie Potts—Janine Melnitz
The first appearance from a Ghostbusters veteran is Annie Potts, who reprises her role as Janine Melnitz.
The original secretary of the Ghostbusters team, she was implied to have a close relationship with Egon Spengler in the original movies. She turns up at the late Egon's house when his family are moving in, and delivers the bad news that he didn't have any money to leave them.
She also makes another appearance in the Ghostbusters: Afterlife post-credit scene.
Dan Aykroyd—Dr. Raymond "Ray" Stantz
Dan Aykroyd reprises his role as Dr. Raymond Stantz, and is on the other end of the phone when Phoebe Spengler is asked the iconic words, "who're you gonna call?"
He answers from his failing book store and provides the movie's exposition, explaining what happened to Egon Spengler after the events of Ghostbusters 1 and 2 . After hearing about Egon's fate from his granddaughter, Ray makes a decision which has a big impact on the movie's climax.
J.K. Simmons—Ivor Shandor
The first unexpected cameo comes from the uncredited J.K. Simmons who appears as the founder of the town of Summerville, Ivo Shandor.
Despite dying decades ago, Ivo's body lies encased next to a pit of ghosts and demons, waiting until the day they will escape. When things go awry, Shandor's long plan comes to fruition but it doesn't end well for him.
While Gozer re-emerges as a returning character, the actress playing them is a newcomer to the franchise. Looking strikingly similar to the actress who played the villain in Ghostbusters (Slavitza Jovan) is Olivia Wilde.
She appears in a scene reminiscent of her entrance in the original, with two hounds on either side of her. She shows her ferocity instantly by tearing J.K. Simmons' Ivor Shandor in half.
Bill Murray—Dr. Peter Venkman
After receiving the call earlier in the movie, Stantz reunites the Ghostbusters who arrive just in time to help save the world.
Bill Murray reprises his role as Dr. Peter Venkman, who immediately arrives with a quip for Gozer. The three Ghostbusters, with the help of Spengler's family, combine to defeat Gozer once more.
Ernie Hudson—Dr. Winston Zeddemore
Ernie Hudson arrives as Dr. Winston Zeddemore alongside Stantz and Venkman to help save the day.
Hudson's backstory is expanded on in the post-credit scene which sees him talking to Janine Melnitz about his career as a successful businessman. However, he yearns for the life of a Ghostbuster and we see him walk into the old Ghostbusters' base in New York City.
Sigourney Weaver—Dana Barret
Sigourney Weaver makes her cameo appearance as Dana Barret in the mid-credit scene alongside Bill Murray's Peter Venkman.
The two re-enact the card scene from Ghostbusters , but this time the tables are turned and Venkman is the one receiving the shocks. It's implied that the two are still together after all this time.
Special mention: Harold Ramis—Dr. Egon Spengler
Original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis passed away in 2014 but makes appearances in the movie via archive footage. His likeness is replicated in Ghostbusters: Afterlife too.
An actor dressed up like an older version of him is seen at the beginning of the movie, but a CGI ghost version of him is clearly seen at the climax of the film. Each of the original Ghostbusters interact with him and his family say goodbye to his spirit.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is available to watch in movie theaters now.
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Sigourney Weaver Confirms She Isn't in 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2' [Exclusive]
When there was something strange in the neighbourhood, she never got the call.
After the rip-roaring success that was Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which breathed new life—ironically—into the spectral series, a sequel was confirmed a few months later with director Jason Reitman stepping away from behind the camera to allow his co-writer and producer on the reboot, Gil Kenan , the chance to helm his first outing on the franchise.
Afterlife , a sequel set three decades after the events of Ghostbusters II , saw the estranged family of Egon Spengler ( Harold Ramis ), move to Oklahoma to inherit the farm Egon left them when he died in mysterious circumstances. The film produced a box office return of $205 million from a $75 million budget, to the delight of Sony Pictures. The fact the movie was a sequel also meant the opportunity to bring back familiar faces from the franchise, one of whom— Sigourney Weaver —has recently discussed the prospects of making an appearance in the series after reprising her role as Dana Barrett in an Afterlife cameo.
During the press tour for her upcoming film, Master Gardner , Weaver - along with her co-star Joel Edgerton - joined Collider's Editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub to discuss the film, and Weintraub took the opportunity to ask Weaver about the prospects of her popping up in the next installment, which brings the series back to its Manhattan roots . First, joking she would be playing the role of Slimer's mother, Weaver went on to state: "No, I mean, I wasn't asked to be in this Ghostbusters , and I think, you know, a little of us goes a long way."
RELATED: 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2': Release Date, Cast, Filming Details, and Everything We Know so Far
What We Know About Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2
Plot details on the film, which has also been referred to as Firehouse , after the iconic headquarters for the original group, have been difficult to come across thus far, but we do know it's a direct sequel to Afterlife —and it's been filming since March. Afterlife 's end credits scene teased Ernie Hudson 's Winston returning Ecto-1—the famous Ghostbusters vehicle—to the firehouse in New York City, as a light on the ecto-containment unit flashed red, in a tease to a follow-up. During the aftermath of the film's release, Reitman did reveal that there would be an opportunity to see villains from Ghostbusters past—like Vigo the Carpathian—make their return, saying:
"There is a lot of time and opportunity for Vigo the Carpathian to make his return. Look, are you saying that’s the only painting of Vigo the Carpathian? Maybe, he’s riding a horse in another one, maybe, impaling someone in another one.”
This would be a sensible approach after the success of bringing Gozer, the original villain, back for Afterlife . Reitman had taken over directing duties from his father, Ivan Reitman , and now Kenan is taking the reins from him having previously directed another movie about 'kids battling monsters' in Monster House. Reitman is still co-producing and writing the script, and will return alongside co-producer Jason Blumenfeld ( Tully ) and cinematographer Eric Steelberg ( Juno ).
Returning from Afterlife are McKenna Grace as Egon's granddaughter, Phoebe, Finn Wolfhard as Egon's grandson, Trevor, and Carrie Coon as Egon's daughter, Callie. Also confirmed to return are the kids' science teacher and Callie's romantic interest, Grooberson ( Paul Rudd ), and Trevor's friend Lucky ( Celeste O'Connor ). The sequel will also include several new faces joining the cast , including Kumail Nanjiani ( The Big Sick ), Patton Oswalt ( Ratatouille ), James Acaster ( Cinderella ), and Emily Alyn Lind ( Doctor Sleep ). Of the legacy characters, we now know that Weaver is out, but Hudson will be returning, however, the status of other Ghostbusters alumni Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Annie Potts is not yet known. A return for Rick Moranis would also be a wonderful sight to see.
The Ghostbusters sequel is currently slated to release exclusively in theaters on Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 . Stay tuned to Collider for more details on the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel as and when we have it.
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Sigourney Weaver is the actress who played Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters , Ghostbusters II and Ghostbusters: Afterlife .
- 1 Film Roles
- 2 Ghostbusters II
- 3 Ghostbusters: The Video Game
- 4 Ghostbusters (2016 Movie)
- 6 References
- 7.2 Behind the Scenes
Film Roles [ ]
In addition to her role as Dana Barrett in the Ghostbusters films, Sigourney Weaver is well known for her roles as Ellen Ripley in the Alien films.
Ghostbusters II [ ]
Reportedly, Columbia tried avoid paying Sigourney Weaver for the profits the first movie. She threatened litigation. Initially, Dana Barrett was in the sequel. Then in later drafts, Dana was replaced with a new character named Lane Walker. Bill Murray took part in auditions for Lane.   Then Dana had a cameo appearance in a draft. Ultimately, Dana returned as the main romantic lead in the final drafts. Sigourney Weaver was offered a flat fee of $1 million to be in the movie. 
Ghostbusters: The Video Game [ ]
According to Vivendi Executive Producer John Melchior, Weaver was never contacted to reprise her role for Ghostbusters: The Video Game despite Terminal Reality's Creative Director Drew Haworth writing she turned down an offer to reprise the role.   Allegedly, she tried to come aboard upon learning Bill Murray had agreed to the project, but development was too far along by that point. [ citation needed ]
Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) [ ]
An early idea for Weaver's cameo was a crazy lady. When no one believed the Ghostbusters and they drove around the city, Weaver approached them and told them she believed in them. But either walked away and laid down on the ground or went told someone else the same line.   In a draft, the woman Weaver portrays is part of a group of women who gather outside the Firehouse to give the Ghostbusters conspiratorial thumbs up for saving the city.  It was reported Weaver's cameo was removed from a previous edit and then put back in the final cut. She was initially cut due to the scene not being essential to the story.  Ultimately, Weaver portrayed Holtzmann 's mentor Rebecca Gorin and appeared at the end of the movie.
- Sigourney Weaver auditioned for the role of Dana by acting like a dog. 
- On the first day of filming at the New York City Public Library , Sigourney Weaver visited the set to introduce herself to Bill Murray. He in turn picked her up and carried her down Fifth Avenue calling her by her real name, "Susan." 
- During filming of the first movie, Sigourney Weaver would go to a corner to prepare herself for a scene but Bill Murray would sneak up behind her and goof around like tickle her or lift her up.  
- Sigourney Weaver came up with the "game show host" line instead of the scripted "used car salesman" one.  
- Sigourney Weaver was sealed inside the charred Terror Dog so there was an urgency to do the sequence quickly. Ivan Reitman made the sequence seem slower by repeating shots on angles.  
- The scene in Armand's Restaurant with just Dana and Peter at their table was the last scene Sigourney Weaver filmed for the second movie.  It would end up being deleted from the final cut. 
- In the "Visitation" back up story from Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #7 and Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #8 , the teacher is visually based on Sigourney Weaver.
- On the Regular Cover of Ghostbusters 101 #1 , the map credit references Sigourney Weaver.
- On page 11 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2 , in panel 3, on Peter's locker door is an official 8x10 photograph of Sigourney Weaver in costume as Dana from the first movie.
- On page 2 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3 , Dana's outfit is based on an outfit worn by Sigourney Weaver's character Lauren Slaughter in the 1986 movie "Half Moon Street".
References [ ]
- ↑ Spelling, Ian (1989). "Bill Murray Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts!" Starlog #140, page 32. Starlog Group, Inc, USA. Bill Murray says: "She's not even in the cartoon, so I don't know if she's going to be in the film. The original idea was that she would be in it. The ideas they sold me on to say, 'OK, let's do it,' are no longer in the script. Sigourney was one of those ideas."
- ↑ Spelling, Ian (1989). "Bill Murray Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts!" Starlog #140, page 32. Starlog Group, Inc, USA. Bill Murray says: "They've gone all the way around trying to figure out how to make it. I had to audition with some actresses, but we all like Sigourney. The only problem with Sigourney is she's so tall. Naaah, I'm just kidding. She's tall, but she's not too tall. The problem is that you would wind up with a story that was tilted and like the Flintstone family. Sigourney and I would be this major thing and it would be hard to figure out how the Ghostbusters' dynamic would grow. The sort of story they were writing ended up not really needing the other three guys."
- ↑ Sanello, Frank (1994). "Heroic Stature" Starlog Platinum Edition Vol. 2, page 13. Starlog Group, Inc , USA. Line reads: "The actress was promised part of the profits from Ghostbusters (1984). When Columbia claimed the movie hadn't turned a profit, she threatened an audit and a lawsuit. To gain her services for the sequel, the studio anted up and offered her a flat fee of $1 million for Ghostbusters II."
- ↑ Playboy "The Untold Story of the Ghostbusters Video Game that was Almost a Masterpiece" 7/13/16
- ↑ IGN Blogs "The Storyline and Characters" 5/12/09
- ↑ Cineblog "Ghostbusters, Paul Feig in Rome: a report from the press" (retrieved through Google Translate) 6/27/16 Line reads: "Weaver was immediately enthusiastic, from day one. We had thought about a different role for her, but we realized that it was too little of substance, so we changed it. He loved the idea of doing the mentor of one of the four protagonists, because excited by the idea to fake a German accent."
- ↑ Yahoo! Movies "Screenwriter Katie Dippold on How 'Ghostbusters' Changed and Why 'The Heat 2' Isn't Happening" 7/20/16 Katie Dippold says: "Sigourney was probably the one that was most written for someone. And that one was the hardest one to figure out… God, I pitched on so many different versions of that cameo. One I wanted to do, but it was real hit or miss, when no one was believing them, as they're driving in the city, and then this woman walks up, Sigourney Weaver, and she's just like, "Hey, you know what? I don't care what anyone says, I think what you guys are doing is great, and I absolutely believe everything you're saying." And then they're like, "Oh my God, thank you so much." And there there's a couple options. One is she just walks away and then just lays down on the ground like a crazy person. Another one was she says that same thing to someone else on the street. Because she's just a crazy person who just says this to everyone."
- ↑ ebay radautographs Original Production Used Ghostbusters (2016) Side Script Melissa McCarthy" retrieved 8/9/2023 Line reads: "She gestures over to several other women, who give them secret conspiratorial thumbs up. Erin smiles. You're welcome. Then she holds a finger to her lips. Shh..."
- ↑ Daily News "Sigourney Weaver returns from the dead in Ghostbusters" 5/12/16
- ↑ Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters - Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 17:18-17:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "And um actually agreed to audition. She came into my office and not like I'm giving anything away saying she turned into a dog at some point in this film and uh I remember her getting up on the couch and actually auditioning like a dog and I knew at that point she had to be in the film. "
- ↑ Sigourney Weaver (2009). Ghostbusters - Slimer Mode (2009) (Blu-Ray ts. 24:10-24:34). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Sigourney Weaver says: "I was, you know, a huge fan of Bill Murray's, actually, but I met him the first day they shot at the public library, and there Bill was in a suit and stuff and I kind of went over and introduced myself. And before I knew it, he had picked me up and was carrying me down 5th Avenue calling me Susan, which is my real name."
- ↑ Joe Medjuck (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 27:04-27:13). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "And she would go off into a corner to prepare herself for a scene, and Bill would sneak up behind her and tickle her or something. Bill would like to be in mid-sentence before he stepped onto the set and..."
- ↑ Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 27:14-27:17). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Or lift her up. He likes lifting women."
- ↑ Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 28:05-28:07). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Actually, that was hers. That was Sigourney's line."
- ↑ Harold Ramis (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 28:09-28:12). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "We had a line, "You're more like a used car salesman" in the script. She said, "You're more like a game-show host.""
- ↑ Harold Ramis (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 01:36:21-01:36:27). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "I remember there was a little bit of hurry up to this 'cause she was actually sealed inside that thing."
- ↑ Ivan Reitman (1999). Ghostbusters - Commentary (1999) (DVD ts. 01:36:30-01:36:39). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "And there's just so much that this could take. Although, in the cutting, actually, I increased how long it took to get her out by repeating shots on angles."
- ↑ Goldstein, Patrick (June 1, 1989). "Return of the Money Making Slime" Rolling Stone #553, page 54. Wenner Media LLC, New York City, New York, USA. Line reads: "It's the last week of a thirteen-week shoot, and Reitman is eager to get this scene in the can. He calls for quiet. Suddenly Murray stands and waves his napkin in the air. "Correct me if I'm wrong," he says, "but isn't this double Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver's last shot of the movie?" The crew cackles with glee. Throughout the day, whenever work has been halted by technical delays, Murray has lectured the crew about "keeping our double nominee waiting," a reference to Weaver's being up for Oscars for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress (for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl; she would win neither)."
- ↑ Goldstein, Patrick (June 1, 1989). "Return of the Money Making Slime" Rolling Stone #553, page 54. Wenner Media LLC, New York City, New York, USA. Line reads: "Finally, Reitman calls for action. The scene is Dr. Venkman's last chance at romance. As the camera rolls, the doctor coos, "So ... making any New Year's resolutions?" His love object tosses back her hair and coolly replies, "I want to stop getting involved with men who aren't any good for me." Venkman is crushed. "Does that start exactly at midnight tomorrow?" he asks. "Or could you maybe hold off for a few days?" Reitman beams. "It's a take." The crew cheers. Weaver stands up, merrily spins around and takes a bow. Murray is delighted too."
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Sigourney Weaver Was Not Asked To Reprise Her Role in Ghostbusters Afterlife Sequel
It seems that Sigourney Weaver will not be returning for more ghost busting in this year’s Afterlife sequel.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife brought the 80s franchise back from the doldrums with a well-received mix of nostalgia and new characters, and set up a sequel that is filming now and expected to arriving in cinemas this December. However it seems that one person that won’t be joining the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray is Sigourney Weaver , as the actress has confirmed that she is not part of the sequel.
Weaver made a short appearance in a post-credits scene of Ghostbusters: Afterlife as Dana Barrett, performing a very familiar Zener cards psychic test on Murray’s Peter Venkman in a flip of the opening scene of 1984’s Ghostbusters when Venkman is testing some of his students in a somewhat unfair manner. While this scene potentially set up the return of Dana in this year’s instalment, according to Collider , Weaver revealed her lack of involvement in the film while discussing her new movie, Master Gardner. When asked if she would put in another appearance as Dana Barrett, Weaver initially joked that she might be coming back as Slimer’s mother, but then added:
"No, I mean, I wasn't asked to be in this Ghostbusters, and I think, you know, a little of us goes a long way."
Although it is disappointing to know that Weaver will not be part of the movie, especially seeing as Dana and Venkman seem to be on good terms in their scene together, there is still plenty to look forward for fans that waited for 30 years to see the guys back busting ghosts and are now getting an even less likely fourth film for their troubles.
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Ghostbusters 4 Will Bring the Franchise Back to a Familiar Location.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife delivered plenty of Easter eggs, from terror dogs to one-liners, but the one thing it kept back until the end of the movie was the sight of the old firehouse that became such an iconic part of the original movies. In this year’s sequel, the firehouse will be back in action as the plot movies back to Manhattan, with the old Ghostbusters and the family of Egon all living in the New York Ghostbusters Headquarters.
Since the last movie, it seems that the newcomers to the franchise will be donning Ghostbusters jumpsuits, suggesting that Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard will all be fully-fledged members of the busting team this time around. However, what the plot of the movie will be is currently a guarded secret but there have been some small bits of information revealed in various interviews and set images seen in the last few months.
While Jason Reitman, who produces this time around, has teased a possible appearance by Ghostbusters II ’s Viggo in some form, one villain from the original movie that has been seen on set is Walter Peck , the environmental agent played by William Atherton, who was last seen receiving a large dollop of toasted Marshmallow Man on his head at the end of the movie. What his role will be this time around has not yet been revealed, but it is clear that once again, even without the involved of Sigourney Weaver, there will be plenty of ties back to the original movies in the franchise.
The currently untitled Ghostbusters 4 is expected to arrive in cinemas on December 20, 2023.
Ghostbusters: afterlife 2 won't feature sigourney weaver (but she has a good reason).
Sigourney Weaver confirms she won't be returning for Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2, but offers a good reasoning for why she wasn't invited back.
Though one original star is already confirm to make his way back for the sequel, Sigourney Weaver reveals she won't be in Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 . The next installment in the beloved comedy franchise will pick up from the events of its predecessor, continuing the story of Egon Spengler's descendants, daughter Callie, grandson Trevor and granddaughter Phoebe, as they return to New York City, home of the original Ghostbusters. Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard are again leading the cast alongside fellow Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Logan Kim, Paul Rudd, Celeste O'Connor and Ernie Hudson.
While speaking with Collider to discuss the upcoming psychological drama Master Gardener , Sigourney Weaver was asked about the possibility of her Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 return. The franchise actor confirmed she would not be back for the upcoming sequel, sharing she wasn't called about it, but offered a good reason for why it makes sense she wouldn't be back. See what Weaver explained below:
No, I mean, I wasn't asked to be in this Ghostbusters, and I think, you know, a little of us goes a long way.
Weaver's Absence Is Actually A Good Sign For Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2
While Weaver may not be returning for the next installment, Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 won't be without some familiar faces as not only is Hudson reprising his role of Winston Zeddemore, but William Atherton will also be back as Walter Peck. The Die Hard actor memorably played the Environmental Protection Agency inspector in the original Ghostbusters , though wouldn't properly return until 2009's Ghostbusters: The Video Game , which was co-written by creators Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and served as an unofficial third film.
It's currently unconfirmed whether Aykroyd, Bill Murray or Annie Potts will again return for Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 , save for recent comments from Hudson hinting he would be back working with them. However, given Weaver's return in the previous film was a mid-credits scene largely playing her against Murray, her absence may be a sign that the sequel is looking to avoid the overreliance on nostalgia that divided critics on the 2021 film.
Between outright reviving original villain Gozer to recreating a number of sequences from the first film, the heavy fan service was seen as a hindrance by critics for Ghostbusters: Afterlife taking the franchise in a new direction, even if it was welcomed by franchise fans turned off by the female-led reboot or lackluster 1989 sequel. Rather than looking for a way to squeeze Weaver's Dana into Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 and let the story unfold organically, co-writer/director Gil Kenan can better balance his inclusion of nostalgia with fresh new directions.
Sigourney Weaver Believes ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Will “Surprise Everybody”
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will begin haunting theaters on November 19, 2021 , and the first wave of rave reviews from movie critics suggest we’re all in for a treat later this year.
Critic Scott Menzel tweeted, “ Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the Ghostbusters sequel that I’ve been waiting all my life to see. It is nostalgia done right. A perfect blend of classic Ghostbusters moments with a fresh & unique twist for a whole new generation to enjoy.”
It’s an opinion returning star Sigourney Weaver agrees with. Weaver is back as Dana Barrett in the sequel to the original classics, the character she played in both of the original films.
Weaver tells ET Canada (via Movie Web ), “ [ Ghostbusters: Afterlife ] is full of heart. It’s very funny. It’s very charming. And it will surprise everybody. It’s just a glorious film .”
Two more months. The wait is almost over!
In this year’s Ghostbusters film, written by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan:
When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
Afterlife ‘s cast includes Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd .
Bill Murray , Dan Aykroyd , Ernie Hudson , Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are all coming back for this sequel to the original classic, reprising their iconic and beloved roles.
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife loses Sigourney Weaver
Ghostbusters: Afterlife has a sequel coming later this year, but don't count Sigourney Weaver in to appear in the film.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife grossed $204 million in 2021, and a sequel was inevitable from Sony. However, despite a long list of the cast returning, the sequel will have to go on without a huge star.
Sigourney Weaver, while promoting her new film Master Gardner, spoke to Collider's Steve Weintraub and revealed that she won't be returning for the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel after initially joking about playing Slimer's mother. “No, I mean, I wasn't asked to be in this Ghostbusters, and I think, you know, a little of us goes a long way,” she said in regard to the Afterlife sequel.
Afterlife is set three decades after Ghostbusters II and follows a pair of siblings, Trevor Spengler (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (McKenna Grace), and their single mother Callie (Carrie Coon). The film also starred Bill Murray, Paul Rudd , Dan Aykroyd, and, of course, Weaver.
Even if Weaver doesn't return, Rudd, Wolfhard, Grace, and Coon are all set to return. Additionally, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, James Acaster, and Emily Alyn Lind have been cast in undisclosed roles.
Sigourney Weaver is a pop culture icon most known for her role as Ellen in Ridley Scott ‘s Alien films. In recent years, Weaver appeared in a different sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water , and will also appear in the next two sequels as Kiri. She's also dipped her toe back into the indie scene, as she appeared in Call Jane last year with Elizabeth Banks and is currently promoting Master Gardner by director Paul Schrader.
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The Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel will be released on December 20, 2023.
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