Ghostbusters: Afterlife is finally set to hit theaters later this year. After three launch delays, the film is slated for release in November, and while a new group of younger heroes are set to take center stage, the show’s iconic cast is also expected to feature to some degree.
Among that group is Bill Murray, who reprise his role as Dr Peter Venkman in the first two Ghostbuster films. Now 70, Murray isn’t as fiery as he used to be and, in a conversation with Collider about his life and career so far, Murray admitted that the filming of Afterlife put enormous physical strain on it. on his body.
“It was really difficult (to film),” Murray said. “We were just in there for a little while, but it was physically painful. Wearing these bags is extremely uncomfortable. We had batteries the size of batteries. They now have piles the size of earrings. It’s always a very heavy thing to carry, all the time. The special effects in this one are a lot of wind and dirt on your face, and there was a lot of descent and ascent. I was like, “What is it? What am I doing? Like Bulgarian deadlifts, or a Russian kettlebell, getting up and down with that thing on my back.”
Despite the demands placed on him and other former statesmen in the series, including Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, Murray said Afterlife is worth the wait. The film’s release has been postponed three times by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is hoped that the Sony Pictures film will now stick to its current release date.
“Usually when something has a really high misery quotient, something comes in and a certain quality is produced that, if you can capture it and project it, shows up on the screen and affects you,” Murray explained. “I think it’ll come out in the fall. They put it off a year or a year and a half, but I’m glad they did. It will be worth the trip.”
What is Ghostbusters: Afterlife about?
Afterlife is a direct sequel to the first two Ghostbusters films, which were released in 1984 and 1989. It is the fourth entry in the series but, due to poor reception of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot film, Afterlife is billed as a follow-up. canon to the two films that preceded it.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will follow Callie (Carrie Coon), a single mother of two – Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) – who move to their grandfather’s former farm after being evicted from their home. When spooky events begin to threaten the nearby small town of Summerville, the family discovers their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the legacy their grandfather left behind.
The film was co-written and directed by Jason Reitman, the son of former actor and Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, who died in 2014. Afterlife will also star Paul Rudd and Bokeem Woodbine, while Sigourney Weaver will also reprise it. role of Dana Barrett from the 1984 and 1989 films.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife hits theaters around the world on November 11.