New ‘Ghostbusters’ Prequel Finds Latest Cast Diverging From Original Movie

The 2016 rebooting of the iconic paranormal comedy “Ghostbusters” continues to collect mostly positive reviews from audiences, but the upcoming home release of the film starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon has a different update.

In “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” four new teens are tasked with getting to the bottom of a supernatural phenomenon. But since the events of the new movie didn’t take place in a particular timeline, director Paul Feig has made sure that there is no undoing of any plot holes.

“The film doesn’t,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “And that’s something we could’ve gotten into at any time if we got ahead of ourselves. So we wanted to get to a place where even if people came back and re-watched it, there wouldn’t be any rationale on our part to go back and do that. So if people come back and say, ‘Wait, I think this character died in this sequence in the previous version,’ and we’re like, ‘Oh, right, well, they aren’t in our movie,’ then we can be like, ‘All right, well, that’s cool, we love that.’ But that’s the kind of fun the film has. I think if people are being honest, it’s one of the movie’s greatest accomplishments.”

A fresh new take on “Ghostbusters” was needed to give it a fresh start, said director Paul Feig, who admitted the original 1984 film “is a really good film, so we wanted to make sure we were honoring it by making it fresh and not over-saturating the market.”

Feig has already signed on to do a sequel to “Ghostbusters” with the original cast.

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