Afterlife screening for fans


  • Fans were treated to a surprise screening of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” at New York Comic Con.
  • Director Jason Reitman told fans they’ve waited long enough. He just asked that they don’t spoil the movie.
  • The crowd cheered throughout the film and many gave him a standing ovation at the end.

Sony is anticipated “Ghostbusters: the afterlife“at New York Comic Con was well worth the wait.

Director Jason Reitman, his father (original “Ghostbusters” director) Ivan Reitman, and a number of cast members including Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace gave fans a special screening of the upcoming film on Friday night. at the Javits Center in New York.

Reitman said he loved streaming and said it helped him, like many others, get through the pandemic, that he loved the movies and knew the fans who came out on Friday in person – some who were. in Ghostbusters costumes – did too.

“We wanted to make a movie that would appeal to a large audience with popcorn on the big screen, with incredible sound, where you experience it like you experienced the movie in ’84,” Reitman said.

“I am delighted to be at Sony, which is the most dedicated studio for motion pictures,” added Reitman to a round of applause.

Fans believed they were about to see a few clips from the upcoming release, which had been delayed several times since its original July 2020 date. Instead, Reitman told them there was a change. of plans.

“It’s been a while since we started making this movie and you are all the most patient fans on Earth. And frankly my dad and I think you’ve waited long enough,” Reitman said to cheers, whistles. and screaming as the crowd realized they were about to see the movie.

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Jason Reitman and his father, Ivan Reitman, discuss “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” at NYCC 2021.

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Ivan Reitman serves as producer on the new film. During a short panel, which opened the film, Ivan said his son was “very brave” to take on this project.

“If we want to be sincere, look if we’re here tonight, it’s because of the man sitting to my left,” Jason said of his father to immediate applause, which only became louder and louder for more than 30 seconds.

As some fans started to stand up, Ivan said his son was going to make him cry.

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Jason Reitman turns to his father, Ivan Reitman, as he discusses his work with his son on “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”.

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Ahead of the film’s debut, Reitman asked the crowd to save spoilers for the film, which won’t hit theaters until late November.

“I want everyone who sees this movie to see it the right way. I want them to see it the way you’re about to see it,” Reitman said before he and the cast left the stage. “Even if you love this movie, please don’t spoil it.”

So what did the crowd think? Without spoilers, they loved it.

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Here’s what it looked like inside the Empire Stage room at the end of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”. The fans cheered and applauded.

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Insider was present for the surprise screening.

If you are a fan of the original 1984 “Ghostbusters”, you will love this. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is easily one of the best movies we’ve screened this year (I’d say it’s nicer than Marvel’s big “Shang-Chi” and the really good “Bond” movie currently out.) .

I won’t say much about the film otherwise. Reitman is right. The film should be lived with as few spoilers as possible.

I will say that the Comic Con crowd cheered and cheered throughout the film for many specific moments.

It was one of the few times since 2019 that I have watched a movie screening with a large group of fans (the others were “Venom 2” and “Fast 9”). This projection produced the biggest reactions of the three.

At the end of the film, many gave the film a standing ovation.

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Fans after the surprise screening of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” ended.

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“Afterlife” is nostalgia well done while introducing the universe to a new generation who may not be familiar with the original franchise. It’s accessible whether you’re a die-hard fan or a new fan.

Young stars McKenna Grace and Logan Kim will be fan favorites.

Reitman hinted more ‘Ghostbusters’ movies may be on the way

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Mckenna Grace in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”.


Before the film started, Reitman announced that he hoped “Afterlife” was just the start of other films in the “Ghostbusters” universe.

“It’s an honor to be here at Comic Con. The last time I was at Comic Con was 10 years ago with ‘Jennifer’s Body’,” Reitman said of the cult favorite featuring starring Megan Fox.

“We wanted to make a movie that opens up the universe to all kinds of stories. I want to see ‘Ghostbusters’ movies from all of my favorite directors and we hope this movie sets the stage for that,” Reitman told another. series of applause.

If the energetic Friday night crowd at New York Comic Con is any sign of the film’s box office performance, Reitman will make his wish come true.

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” will be released, theatrically only, on November 19.

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