Unfortunately, Ghostbusters: Afterlife was postponed once more, this time from a summer release until November 2021. The sequel, which picks up almost 30 years after the events of the first two Ghostbusters movies, won’t be released for almost a full year.
The good news is that many of the original Ghostbusters cast members will be reunited, and there’s a possibility that one of the stars who was rumored to be skipping this sequel may actually appear.
Long-term semi-retiree Rick Moranish has just begun to show symptoms of returning to the workforce. He may soon return to the screen in a Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel as eccentric scientist Wayne Szalinski, and according to a reoccurring Ghostbusters cast member, he might appear in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Rick Moranis’ prospective participation in the Ghostbusters sequel came up during a recent interview with Ernie Hudson for Living Fearless (via MovieWeb). Surprisingly cautious was Hudson’s response. The performer said
“I think the studios probably want to hold that one… I love Rick. But yeah, I’ll let them share that.”
What should you allow them to share? We are unaware of any information, other the fact that Rick Moranis is not participating. As of the last report, Rick Moranis was not one of the original Ghostbusters cast members that will be returning. Bill Murray even admitted during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that both Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis were “greatly missed.” Why then is Hudson being so shady in his response, particularly in a way that seems to imply that the studio may be hiding information about possible events involving Rick Moranis?
Perhaps Rick Moranis was persuaded to participate in a cameo that was shot after principal photography was finished by director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman. There’s also a chance that the film will pay homage to or make some sort of reference to the Louis Tully character played by Rick Moranis, or at the very least acknowledge that character in some way. The former would be far more exciting while the latter would be expected.
Rick Moranis’ involvement in Ghostbusters: Afterlife won’t be officially confirmed for another 10 months, which is unfortunate. But hopefully the wait was worthwhile.
The new release date for Ghostbusters: Afterlife is November 11, 2021.