“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”, set to hit theaters on March 29, 2024, marks a new chapter in the beloved franchise, weaving together the old and new in a story that resonates with the spirit of the original films. This latest installment, following the events of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” sees the return of Spengler’s daughter Callie (Carrie Coon) and her kids Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), as they team up with Gary (Paul Rudd) to lead a new generation of Ghostbusters back in New York City.
Co-written and directed by Gil Kenan, “Frozen Empire” brings back the original Ghostbusters — Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd — uniting them with the new crew to face a sinister threat that could thrust the world into a supernatural ice age. This blend of old and new encapsulates the essence of the original “Ghostbusters” spirit, combining nostalgia with fresh storytelling. The inclusion of Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani further adds to the film’s appeal, promising a mix of humor and horror that has defined the series.
The trailer, set to Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer,” showcases classic elements like the Ecto-1 and the lions outside the New York Public Library coming to life, alongside new threats and updated Ghostbusters gear, reflecting a balance between homage and innovation. This mix of familiar and fresh is a testament to the franchise’s enduring appeal, and the inclusion of Paul Rudd, known for his charm and comedic timing, is a nod to the original movies’ blend of humor and horror.
With “Frozen Empire,” the Ghostbusters franchise proves its ability to evolve while staying true to its roots. Rudd and the new cast members bring a dynamic energy that complements the original team, creating a seamless transition from the past to the present. This film is not just a continuation but a revitalization of a beloved series, promising to delight both long-time fans and new audiences alike.