'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' Release Date Brought Forward

January 11, 2024 1:00 AM ‐ MoviesParanormal

The release date for the much-anticipated 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' has been moved up a week, now set to premiere on March 22, 2024.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
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In an unexpected yet welcome announcement for fans, the release date for the much-anticipated 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' has been moved up a week, now set to premiere on March 22. This shift is a pleasant surprise, particularly after the prolonged wait for the previous instalment, 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife', which faced multiple delays due to the pandemic.

'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire', a sequel to the 2021 hit 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife', is generating considerable buzz and is poised to be one of the biggest releases of the year. It promises to unite an impressive ensemble cast, including Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor from 'Afterlife', and welcomes new members like Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, James Acaster, and Emily Alyn Lind.

Notably, the film will also see the return of 'Ghostbusters' originals - Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, alongside Annie Potts. Their presence, hinted in the trailer, has raised expectations for the movie.

Production for 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' began last March in the UK, predominantly at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire. The choice of location is interesting, as it stands in for New York City - the setting that fans fondly remember from the original film. The sequel's narrative builds upon elements introduced in 'Afterlife', particularly focusing on Ernie Hudson's character, Winston Zeddemore, who is now a successful businessman overseeing the Ghostbusters' original base.

Adding to the excitement, newcomer Kumail Nanjiani revealed that 'Frozen Empire' draws inspiration from 'The Real Ghostbusters', the 1980s animated series beloved by fans of the original movies. On X (formerly Twitter), Nanjiani expressed his enthusiasm for the series and its influence on the film, hinting at a nostalgic yet fresh take on the Ghostbusters universe.

The plot of 'Frozen Empire' revolves around the Spengler family returning to the iconic New York City firehouse. This sets the stage for an unprecedented alliance between the new and original Ghostbusters, spurred by the discovery of an ancient artefact. This artefact unleashes the Death Chill, a formidable threat that endangers not just New York City but the entire world.

Alongside the returning cast members, the film welcomes William Atherton, reprising his role as Walter Peck, a character not seen since the first movie. His return adds another layer of nostalgia, reminding fans of his animated appearance in the 'The Real Ghostbusters' episode 'Big Trouble with Little Slimer'.

The film's early release is a boon for eager fans and a testament to the enduring appeal of the Ghostbusters saga. 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' will premiere on March 22, 2024.

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