Annie Potts says she will return for Jason Reitman's 'Ghostbusters 3'
It's the 35th anniversary of the landmark film Ghostbusters, a perfect patchwork of fantasy and comedy. Thanks to its clever premise, endlessly quotable lines and unforgettable theme song, the movie made an indelible mark on pop culture. Fans clamored for more and they got it, as the franchise spawned a sequel, two animated series, multiple video games and a much-maligned 2016 reboot.
Did any of those later Ghostbusters projects capture the spirit of the original? Some fans say the 2009 video game came closest, as it reunited the original cast before Harold Ramis died. But still, that's not the same as a film. Is it possible to recreate lightning-in-a-bottle, or at least give the original cast members one last hurrah? We'll find out when Ghostbusters 3 hits theaters on July 10, 2020.
Watch the Ghostbusters 3 (2020) teaser trailer
That's right, 'Ghostbusters 3' is really happening. Jason Reitman (Juno, Up In The Air) , the son of original director Ivan Reitman, will helm the film, which will ignore the reviled 2016 reboot. "This is the next chapter in the original franchise,” Reitman told Entertainment Weekly. "It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day." They even dropped a surprise teaser trailer, to wet fans' appetites.
The three-quel's confirmed cast includes Carrie Coon (Fargo, Avengers: Infinity War) as a mother of two children played by Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Mckenna Grace (Annabelle Comes Home). Reportedly the film will star four teenagers - two boys, two girls - who have some kind of connection to the original cast. (That would explain the Ecto-1 car in the teaser!)
But enough about fresh-faced teenagers and dusty old cans. There's one thing fans really want to know: Will the old Ghostbusters cast members reprise their original characters? According to Sigourney Weaver's recent interview with Parade, yes! The actress told the outlet said she's returning as hauntee Dana Barrett and is "set to reunite with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd." "It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!" she said.
Of course, it's not a Ghostbusters a movie without Annie Potts, who played the Ghostbusters' no-nonsense secretary, Janine. She had one of the funniest scenes in the original film, sneering, "I've quit better jobs than this," then picking up the film with a ferocious, "Ghostbusters, whaddya want?!" It was a whole mood.
Currently Potts is making the promotional rounds for Toy Story 4, in which she voices Bo Peep. When asked about the possibility of returning for Ghostbusters 3 on KTLA, she said, "I have heard some things,” Potts said. “If it’s true, what I’ve heard - yeah, I think it’s gonna happen. I think I will." The internet takes that as a yes! (Now the producers just have to convince the elusive Rick Moranis.)