Paul Feig is leaving Ghostbusters franchise to serve on new ‘Afterlife’

Some films’ stars have left the lighthearted action franchise to retire. Others have remained active in the world of summer blockbuster cinema.

Paul Feig, who helmed the “Ghostbusters” reboot with three back-to-back grossing movies, is taking a welcomed break to executive produce new film, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

The mid-range horror-comedy will revolve around an unlikely team led by the old-school Ghostbusters themselves, according to Deadline. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts will reprise their roles as “Ghostbusters” like you’ve never seen them before.

The all-female “Ghostbusters” hit theaters in 2016 and grossed $229 million worldwide, well below the first two films, which earned a combined $657 million worldwide. The film’s sequel was announced to begin filming later this year.

What’s more, nearly a year ago, McKinnon, the film’s lead and a strong comedy actor, offered to quit on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.”

She discussed the project by emphasizing the danger in adding another film into the franchise.

“If Sony goes ahead and makes another one, it’s really hard to quit,” she said. “But it just felt like in a way, like, ‘Why are we doing a third movie?’ When it’s so much just playing a character and it doesn’t really get expressed and it’s not like a full statement.”

She continued, “It’s like, ‘Bye bye, guys, thanks for everything.’”

Despite the clear lead between the “Ghostbusters” actresses, Sony was interested in filling the void left by Feig, the director of the original film in 1984.

A remake of the campy classic is reportedly in the works at Paramount, though Feig directed a reboot of the “Ghostbusters” animated series and worked on “Agent Carter” on ABC for a season.

Sony has no comment on the project.

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