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‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’: Everything we know so far

Get ready to strap on your proton packs, because the Ghostbusters are back, and this time, they’re facing a chilly new adventure in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Remember how Ghostbusters: Afterlife in 2021 introduced us to a fresh squad of spook hunters? Well, hold onto your hats, because the original gang is reuniting too, promising an epic showdown of ghost-busting proportions.

Empire magazine is going all out to celebrate the return of these iconic ghoul-fighters. They’ve set up an exclusive photoshoot featuring both the new and original Ghostbusters teams, complete with the legendary Ecto-1 and a host of spectral nuisances. The result? Two collectible, glow-in-the-dark covers that are as spooky as they are spectacular.

A Tale of Two Teams

The first cover showcases the new generation: Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, and Carrie Coon, stepping boldly into the supernatural fray. Then, flip the script and you’ve got the original squad gracing the second cover. Yes, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts are back in their iconic jumpsuits, ready to show they still have what it takes to battle the supernatural.

This isn’t just about cool covers, though. Inside the magazine, there’s a treasure trove of Ghostbusters goodies. Expect exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, including insights into the most dangerous mission the Ghostbusters have ever faced, straight from the lips of director Gil Kenan and producer Jason Reitman. 

And let’s not forget the sneak peeks at never-before-seen images from the film and exclusive content written by Jason Reitman himself, delving into the incomparable genius of Bill Murray.

Spectral Siege

The story of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is more than just a simple ghost chase; it’s a multi-generational saga that ties the past to the present. The original team, minus the dearly missed Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler), reunites in New York City, aligning with the new generation to tackle a freezing force that’s haunting the Big Apple. The stakes? Higher than ever.

Winston Zeddemore, played by Ernie Hudson, is the man of the hour, reopening the iconic New York firehouse and funding new ghost-busting technologies. But don’t think he’s just a behind-the-scenes guy; when things get icy, Winston suits up with the rest.

 And Ray Stantz? Dan Aykroyd reveals that Ray’s supposed to be retired, dealing with fitness and insurance issues. But when a new threat emerges, Ray can’t resist the call to action, much to the chagrin of Winston, now the team’s leader.

Bill Murray’s return as Peter Venkman was a coup for the film. Director Jason Reitman shares how Murray’s high standards for quality made his participation a significant endorsement for the sequel. Murray’s history with Kenan, dating back to 2008’s City Of Ember, played a pivotal role in his decision to join Frozen Empire.

Honoring a Legacy

Director Gil Kenan, taking the helm for this sequel, felt the weight of the legacy left by Ivan Reitman, the original director and Jason’s father. 

Kenan’s approach to Frozen Empire was to echo Ivan’s blend of character development, comedy, and scares, aiming to connect more directly to the original movies than Afterlife did. This blend of nostalgia and new adventures makes Frozen Empire a must-watch for both long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise.

So, as Empire‘s special issue hits the stands on Thursday, January 18, with its dazzling covers and inside scoop, the excitement is palpable. And as Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire gears up for its UK cinema release on March 22, one question remains: Are you ready to answer the call and dive into this chilling, thrilling new chapter in Ghostbusters history?

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