Peter Venkman Will Be Back in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Murray, Aykroyd, Hudson will reprise roles
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2020 12:10 AM CST

Some 36 years after he was first seen carrying out dubious ESP research at Columbia University, Dr. Peter Venkman is back. Vanity Fair has confirmed that Bill Murray will be reprising his role as one of the original Ghostbusters in upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Fellow Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson will also be returning, but they will be without Harold Ramis, who died in 2014. "Well, we are a man down. That's the deal," Murray told the magazine during filming in Canada last fall. "And that's the story we're telling, that's the story they've written."

Ramis played Egon Spengler, and the new movie, which focuses on a new generation of Ghostbusters led by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, involves a mysterious find in the old Spengler mansion, CNET reports. Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will also be reprising their roles, but Rick Moranis, who has largely withdrawn from acting, will not appear in the sequel. It is being directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters movies. "If I think about who I’m making this movie for, it’s my father," Jason Reitman told Vanity Fair. "We all know what it’s like to be told stories by our parents. I’m really honored to get a chance to tell one back to him from the world he brought to life." (More Ghostbusters stories.)

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