The Ghostbusters franchise is currently preparing for the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a direct sequel to the 1989 film Ghostbusters II, essentially being the third entry in the series. However, not long after the second film was released, there were plans for a third Ghostbusters film with a very different concept to that of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, as it would have continued the story of the original team.
The world met a peculiar group of paranormal investigators in 1984 with Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters, which marked the beginning of a successful franchise that has expanded to other media as well, most notably television and video games. The film was a big success, both financial and with critics, and became a cultural phenomenon, making way for a sequel that arrived five years later.
The film side of the franchise was revisited in 2016 with Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, which featured an all-female team formed by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Sadly, the film drew a lot of backlash even before it was released, and ended up being a box office bomb. As a result, Sony opted to not move forward with a sequel, instead choosing to continue the original series a few years later.