Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire – Sequel Set to Chill Audiences in 2024
Ghostbusters is back! The beloved franchise is returning with a frosty new installment – Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Set for release on March 29, 2024, this spooky sequel looks set to cast a chill over audiences.
Directed by Gil Kenan and co-written by Jason Reitman, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire acts as the follow up to 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It will be the fifth film in the comedy-horror franchise and brings back fan favorite characters like the Spengler family and Gary Grooberson.
The movie sees the team leaving small-town Summerville and returning to the iconic New York firehouse headquarters, ready to strap on their proton packs once more. This time though, they face a supernatural threat that risks plunging the world into a second ice age.
To battle this frosty foe, veterans like Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson are joining forces with young stars like Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard. This blend of new and old has fans eagerly anticipating the film’s late March release.
Plot and Setting
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire returns viewers to New York City and the franchise’s roots. The Ghostbusters firehouse once again serves as the team’s base of operations as they confront a dangerous new villain.
Details remain scarce but the film revolves around an ancient artifact that when discovered, awakens an evil force capable of triggering a global deep freeze. This likely refers to the movie’s key antagonist – Garraka. Described as the replacement for iconic franchise villain Gozer, Garraka seems poised to wreak havoc unless the Ghostbusters can stop him.
The film is said to also introduce a new ghost named Pukey, who has a penchant for projectile vomit. Gross-out gags have been a staple of the series so fans can likely expect this spirit to generate laughs even in the face of danger.
Main Cast and Characters
Faced with frosty foes, the Ghostbusters crew needs all the help they can get.
Key new cast members joining for Frozen Empire include:
Table 1: Main Cast of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
|Inheritor of Egon’s legacy
|Tech wiz and burgeoning Ghostbuster
|Phoebe’s gearhead best friend
|Sharp-tongued Ph.D. candidate
|Struggling single mom
In addition to fresh faces like Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Mckenna Grace (The Handmaid’s Tale), veterans like Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson all reprise their iconic roles.
Sigourney Weaver remains absent for now but Annie Potts returns as snarky secretary Janine Melnitz. Other blasts from the past include William Atherton as EPA inspector Walter Peck. This blend of new and familiar faces builds hype for the film.
Fans will have to brave the cold a big longer before Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire hits theaters. The sequel was originally slated for a Christmas 2023 launch but has since been delayed to March 29, 2024.
While the pushback is disappointing, it does avoid Frozen Empire going head-to-head with blockbusters like Aquaman 2 or the Mario Bros movie over last year’s crowded holiday season. A spring release date gives the film room to breathe. And with comic escapism usually performing well in March, hopes remain high for solid box office numbers.
Trailers, Tone and Expectations
A full trailer has yet to debut but a short teaser clip released in late 2023 gave fans a frosty first glimpse. Scenes show the iconic firehouse decorated in Christmas lights before an icy gust snuffs out the display. This hints that vacations won’t last long before paranormal chaos ensues again.
2023 also brought reports that the film would revisit the vibrant aesthetics and comedic elements of The Real Ghostbusters. The beloved 80s cartoon acts as a touchstone with Frozen Empire said to feature bold visuals and humor balancing its scarier scenes.
Given the first film’s strong reviews and almost $200 million haul, hopes are high for another slam dunk success. The winning combination of legacy cast members, rising stars and eye-catching effects could make Frozen Empire a monster hit when it slides into theaters next March.
Potential for More Installments
Ghostbusters: Afterlife earned praise for passing the proton torch to a new generation. By bringing back old faces alongside fresh ones, Frozen Empire continues that transition.
The youthful energy of actors like Mckenna Grace hints that Ghostbusters still has room to grow. She and Finn Wolfhard are positioned as potential new franchise leads. If the 2024 sequel attracts big audiences, more cinematic outings could await.
There’s also still an opportunity for original Ghostbuster Sigourney Weaver to return. Regardless, with unfinished business and unexplored mythology, Ghostbusters should have ample material to fuel more movies or even another cartoon revival.
From iconic gear to ecto-tricked out vehicles, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is ready to deliver a fun-filled dose of paranormal mayhem. New York City, fan favorite characters and creepy supernatural action form what looks an appealing package for audiences old and young.
Advance footage teases a return to the vibrant aesthetics and humor that anchored the original films and The Real Ghostbusters cartoon. If this hybrid of tones, classic cast members and fresh faces clicks, another successful – and chilling – franchise entry could be in store when Frozen Empire slides into theaters next March.