According to Sony’s CEO, Ghostbusters: Afterlife Saved the Franchise

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, directed by Jason Reitman, was credited with salvaging the franchise, according to Sony CEO Tom Rothman. Unlike Paul Feig’s divisive all-female reboot from 2016, Sony went the Star Wars approach and made Ghostbusters: Afterlife a legacy sequel. The film, directed and co-written by Reitman, the son of late director Ivan Reitman, follows Egon Spengler’s estranged family as they inherit his dilapidated Oklahoma farmhouse after his death.

According to Sony's CEO, Ghostbusters: Afterlife Saved the Franchise
According to Sony’s CEO, Ghostbusters: Afterlife Saved the Franchise
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Spengler’s grandkids Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) discover their ghost-busting history courtesy of 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 remaining original Ghostbusters). After being delayed four times, Ghostbusters: Afterlife was one of the blockbusters hardest damaged in 2020, although it earned generally positive reviews when it finally premiered.

After two critically panned sequels to the 1984 original, Rothman claims that Afterlife salvaged the franchise. The Sony chairman and CEO noted in an interview with a journal that when he first took over the studio in 2015, the firm’s reputation was that it had no intellectual property (IP) to develop movies with. Rothman, on the other hand, claimed it possessed “great” IP, such as 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.

Despite conflicting reviews, many people thought Feig’s reboot in 2016 was an engaging, hilarious, and distinctive addition to the franchise. Unfortunately, the film’s main cast of famous and brilliant female comedians (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones) faced a huge amount of online backlash when they took over the legendary Ghostbusters roles, much of the criticism was misogynistic.

The Franchise’s Tremendous Success

According to Sony’s CEO, Ghostbusters: Afterlife Saved the Franchise

Furthermore, unlike Afterlife, which mainly relies on nostalgia and the original films, it’s not widely regarded as part of the Ghostbusters canon. There was a lot of fan service in Afterlife, with cameos from the original cast and the introduction of lovable new characters. When viewed opposite the father-son combination of the Reitmans, Afterlife‘s intergenerational approach had a touching effect on many audiences, as Phoebe inherited her grandfather’s love of science and clumsy humor.

After some disappointment, Ghostbusters: Afterlife was unquestionably a triumph for both Jason Reitman and Sony, effectively restoring the original legacy. The sequel, Ghostbusters 5, is now officially in development, according to Sony. The fact that the franchise is still going strong seems to back up Rothman’s claims, showing that Ghostbusters: Afterlife succeeded in bringing a new generation of fans to the classic sci-fi universe in a way that the 2016 reboot failed to do.

The future of the franchise seems bright, as long as the studio and whoever is chosen to direct the next picture continues to strike a mix between nostalgia and creative, exciting, new concepts.