Sony Pictures has confirmed that production on the upcoming sequel to 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife has officially started. The announcement comes with the release of the first behind-the-scenes photo, featuring writer-director Gil Kenan with executive producer Jason Reitman. The set photo also confirmed the horror comedy sequel’s current working title, Firehouse.
The film is still scheduled to arrive in theaters later this year on December 20, 2023, pitting it directly against the film adaptation of The Color Purple musical. In addition, the sequel will also make its debut in the same month as other high-profile projects such as Wonka and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Firehouse is being directed by Gil Kenan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jason Reitman. The next chapter in the Spengler family story will also feature the return of the main cast, including Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, and Mckenna Grace, who was actually the first cast member to confirm her return. Production is expected to begin early next year.
It was previously confirmed that the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel will officially be heading back to New York City — the franchise’s original setting. It is also expected to take place in the firehouse headquarters that was prominently featured in the first two Ghostbusters films as well as in Paul Feig’s reboot.
The 2021 film earned a worldwide gross of more than $200 million at the box office. It starred Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd. It also featured the return of franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts.