Annie Potts Expecting to Return for Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters Sequel
The actress may have just spilled the beans on a local news show.
By Chris Morse
It's been a busy week or so for news and teases regarding Jason Reitman's upcoming Ghostbusters sequel, but just a few days after Ghostbusters Fan Fest, Annie Potts seems to have all but confirmed that she is expecting to make a comeback of her own for this one. The actress played Janine Melnitz in the original two films, as well as Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which will be receiving a remastered re-release, and a number of other related spinoffs, including a cameo in the 2016 movie.
Potts appeared on KTLA 5 morning news out of Los Angeles and was asked if she's heard anything about the next Ghostbusters film, which Sigourney Weaver recently confirmed her involvement in. "I have heard some things," she answered coyly. "If it's true, what I've heard... Yeah, I think it's gonna happen."
The natural follow-up question was whether she is happening in this new sequel as well, to which the actress responded, "I think I will." That sounds like a pretty clear confirmation, doesn't it? Based on these comments, it's looking like Janine will have her own part to play in the new film. To listen to the exchange for yourself, check out this YouTube clip, timestamped for the appropriate section.
The confirmed cast of the new Ghostbusters film so far includes Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, Stephen King's It), Mckenna Grace (The Haunting of Hill House, Annabelle Comes Home, Captain Marvel), and Carrie Coon (The Leftovers, Fargo, Gone Girl). The trio make up the core family unit of the story, which is said to follow a single mother and her children with some kind of mysterious ties to the Ghostbusters of old. Exactly how they will come into play remains a mystery.
Early reports indicated that Sigourney Weaver would be returning for the new film to reprise her role of Dana Barrett, with a follow-up confirmation indicating that more of the original stars would be back as well, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. Annie Potts has even indicated that she is expecting to make a return of her own.
It stands to reason that Grace and Wolfhard's characters might make up one half of the next generation of paranormal investigators, however they might stumble their way into the ghostbusting business. The main characters are said to be four teens: two boys and two girls. Considering this film will be a direct sequel to the original Ghostbusters, we will likely see a passing of the torch a way that directly connects to the story and characters we still love to this day.
The new Ghostbusters sequel is written by Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman, with the latter also directing, and will hit theaters next summer on July 10th, 2020. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news and updates on this film.