Fox News Channel will mark the 30th anniversary of the legendary “Ghostbusters” franchise in two new limited series, including “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”
This week, FNC announced the cable channel would mark the 30th anniversary of the beloved franchise with two new limited series, while also revisiting the franchise with new movies.
Fox News has reached out to Paul Feig’s production company Feigco for more information, but producers for both projects are now slated to begin filming in September, just days after the theatrical release of “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.”
According to the site ComingSoon.net, “Afterlife” will take place several years after the events of the original 1984 movie.
The synopsis reads: “It’s the battle against the supernatural that the Ghostbusters never thought they’d fight. But after ghost hunters Abby (Erin McCarthy), Patty (Melissa McCarthy), Egon (Neill Blomkamp), Peter (Chris Hemsworth) and Louis (Patrick Stewart) are suddenly compelled to confront the resurrected ghoul from their past, they’ll have to see if they can put an end to the next generation of ghosts – including a young girl named Dana Zettel.”
The first installment of “Afterlife” will air Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.
Despite now being directed by Feig, the director’s “Ghostbusters” movie took a critical and financial beating and was considered a failure.
In January, when Feig was hired to make a new take on the franchise, he was forced to battle the backlash and skepticism.
The backlash also turned nasty when the director came out and said there would be no transgender Ghostbusters.
In November, Feig said he hadn’t spoken to Feigco Films co-founder Ivan Reitman since their “Ghostbusters” meeting of the past year and that nothing is guaranteed.
“We’re nowhere,” Feig said. “The problem is there was this horrible statement from Ivan, where he said there would be no transgender Ghostbusters. That basically killed it.”
Feig said he also wasn’t involved in “Ghostbusters”: Answer the Call,” which hit theaters on Friday.
“We actually haven’t spoken about the movie — Ivan wanted to help make the movie with me,” Feig said. “Then a few months ago, I said, I don’t think so. Then I completely dropped out.”
For now, Fox is teasing a two-hour “Ghostbusters” special, featuring celebrity appearances and original star Dan Aykroyd.
The announcement is scheduled to air Aug. 28.
“Ghostbusters: Answer the Call” picks up a few years after the original movie and contains the first appearance of all-star cast Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver.
“Ghostbusters”: Answer the Call will be released in theaters nationwide on Aug. 3.
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