'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' Draws Inspiration From 'The Real Ghostbusters' Animated Series

November 18, 2023 4:00 PM ‐ MoviesParanormal

Newcomer Kumail Nanjiani, who joins the cast of 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' has revealed that the upcoming movie draws inspiration from the 1980s animated series, 'The Real Ghostbusters'.

The Real Ghostbusters
The upcoming 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire', directed by Gil Kenan and co-written with Jason Reitman, marks an exciting chapter in the iconic 'Ghostbusters' series. As the sequel to 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' and the fifth film in the franchise, it's set to bring a fresh perspective to the beloved supernatural comedy world.

The trailer for the movie, which dropped recently, makes the film look epic, and perhaps that's because of the inspiration behind it. 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' is said to draw inspiration from 'The Real Ghostbusters', the animated series that captivated original fans of the 'Ghostbusters' films.

Newcomer Kumail Nanjiani, who joins the Ghostbusters ensemble, has revealed an exciting aspect of the film: its inspiration from 'The Real Ghostbusters', the animated series that holds a special place in the hearts of those who grew up with the original 'Ghostbusters' movies.

On X (formerly Twitter), Kumail expressed his personal fondness for the animated series and its influence on 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire'. He stated, "I am a huge fan of 'The Real Ghostbusters' (the animated series) and that show was a point of reference for this movie. The filmmakers wanted to make a long episode of the animated series. So if you love that show as I do, be excited."

Kumail's role in 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' remains a mystery, but he has teased a significant change in his appearance for the film, leading to speculation about his character's nature โ€“ could he be playing a ghost?

The plot of 'Frozen Empire' takes a nostalgic yet innovative turn, bringing the Spengler family back to the iconic New York City firehouse, the cradle of the original Ghostbusters. This move sets the stage for an unprecedented collaboration between the new and original Ghostbusters, prompted by the discovery of an ancient artefact. This artefact unleashes the Death Chill, a malevolent force that threatens not just New York City but the entire world, potentially heralding a new Ice Age.

The film boasts an ensemble cast that blends familiar faces with new talent. Paul Rudd returns as Gary Grooberson, alongside Carrie Coon as Callie Spengler, Finn Wolfhard as Trevor Spengler, and Mckenna Grace as Phoebe Spengler. Joining them are Celeste O'Connor, Logan Kim, and Patton Oswalt, with the original Ghostbusters - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts - reprising their iconic roles.

William Atherton's return as Walter Peck adds another layer of nostalgia, his character hasn't been seen since the first movie, an animated version appeared in the 1987 'The Real Ghostbusters' episode 'Big Trouble with Little Slimer', albeit voiced by a different actor.

Be sure to watch the trailer below, which was recently dropped and showcases glimpses of what promises to be an enthralling addition to the 'Ghostbusters' legacy. 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' is set for a global release this spring, with expectations pointing towards a March 29 premiere.

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