'Ghostbusters 2020': Release Date, Cast, and Plot for the Paranormal Romp

A new generation will answer the Ghostbusters' call.

There’s something strange in the neighborhood and a new generation of Ghostbusters are going to look into it for us. Back in January 2019, we learned that a new Ghostbusters film, currently titled Ghostbusters 2020, got the greenlight. It looks like this popular film franchise is expanding yet again, but what do we really know about it?

The first Ghostbusters arrived on the scene in 1984. Starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis, the film followed a team of parapsychologist-entrepreneurs who started a ghost-catching business in New York City. It was a hit, spawning a sequel (1989’s criminally underrated Ghostbusters II) and a reboot in 2016 starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. A third Ghostbusters film has been talked about for years but to no avail. Now, it looks like things have changed, as production on the film gets underway.

One key thing we know is that Ghostbusters 2020 will ignore the reboot and pick up the story right where Ghostbusters II left off. But there are so many other details to look over.

So, here’s everything we know so far about the next chapter of the Ghostbusters franchise, including information on the release date, director, trailer, and how the story will be inherited and updated for a new generation.

Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray in Ghostbusters
The Ghostbusters in action, circa 1984.

When Is the Ghostbusters 2020 Release Date?

Ghostbusters will arrive in theaters on July 10, 2020. The film is going to have some stiff box office competition when it arrives in theaters. The next Ghostbusters film will have to compete with Wonder Woman 1984, the Candyman reboot, Top Gun: Maverick, Pixar’s Soul, and the Lin-Manuel Miranda-directed movie musical In The Heights when it premieres.

Who Is Directing Ghostbusters 2020?

Jason Reitman will direct. Reitman’s previous work as a director includes Up in the Air, Juno, Young Adult, Tully, and The Front Runner (among other projects). Sure, he’s got a really impressive résumé but Reitman also had the power of family on his side when it came to securing the gig. Reitman is the son of director Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters films in the mid- to late ‘80s. Ivan will serve as an executive producer on his son’s forthcoming Ghostbusters film.

What Is the Plot of Ghostbusters 2020?

The broad strokes of Ghostbusters 2020 have been revealed but when it comes to the finer points, we’re still in the dark. The Ghostbusters 2020 plot, as reported in Variety, revolves around a single mother and her two children.

In the 2020 Ghostbusters movie, a family — played by Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and McKenna Grace — moves to a new home and discovers a connection to the original Ghostbusters team. Past this exciting, if not succinct, synopsis, we’ve got nada.

The Ecto-1, as seen in 'Ghostbusters II'
The Ecto-1, as seen in 'Ghostbusters II'

Is There aGhostbusters 2020 Trailer?

No, there’s no Ghostbusters 2020 trailer yet.

Filming on Ghostbusters 2020 began in July 2019 and production likely won’t wrap until the early fall. Considering it’s set for a summer 2020 release, the first Ghostbusters 2020 trailer will likely arrive in winter 2019 or early in 2020 to make sure the timing is right to build curiosity and excitement around the film.

If you are curious to see some Ghostbusters 2020 footage, you can scroll back up to the top of the page and watch the first teaser trailer, released via Entertainment Weekly in January.

Which Original Ghostbusters Cast Will Return?

In a Parade magazine interview from in June, Ghostbusters alum Sigourney Weaver confirmed many of the original cast would be showing up in the new film. Returning cast includes Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Annie Potts. It’s unclear if fellow Ghostbusters cast alums Ernie Hudson or Rick Moranis would be involved. Sadly, cast member Harold Ramis will not make an appearance: Ramis died in 2014.

Cast of Ghostbusters II
The Ghostbusters in action.

Who Is New to the Ghostbusters 2020 Cast?

In addition to the familiar faces of the previous Ghostbusters generation, the following group of actors have been added to the cast: McKenna Grace (Annabelle Comes Home), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Carrie Coon (Gone Girl), Paul Rudd (Avengers: Endgame), Celeste O’Connor (Netflix’s Irreplaceable You), and newcomer Logan Kim. Grace, Wolfhard, and Coon will play members of the same family.

Reitman shared a photo to his Twitter over the weekend of July 12 featuring Coon, Wolfhard, and Grace on the Ghostbusters set. Reitman and his father, original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, also posed for the photo.

Should I Re-Watch All the Ghostbusters Films Before I See This New One?

Sure, why not? You have more than enough time to watch Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II and the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot since this next installment won’t be out for a year. But, like, are you really asking me for permission to watch two great ‘80s comedies and one seriously kickass reboot? C’mon now. Go watch!


Ghostbusters 2020 arrives in theaters July 10, 2020.