• Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
    director Gil Kenan hints at the franchise expanding to other parts of the world.
  • Exploring other cultures could introduce unique ghosts and villains to the series.
  • Easter eggs in
    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
    reflect the franchise’s past, something that could still be done no matter its future.



Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire director Gil Kenan has teased how the franchise’s future can extend beyond New York City even more. The newest film in the franchise brings its major characters back to the Big Apple, following Ghostbusters: Afterlife being set in the small town of Summerville, Oklahoma. This makes the latest installment the third out of four movies featuring the original cast to take place in the city setting.

Speaking with GamesRadar+, Kenan hinted at how future installments following Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire‘s release could take place in other parts of the world. The director also hinted at wanting to explore different cultures and how that could impact the story of a new movie. Check out what Kenan had to say below:

I’m a greedy fan. I want more and more Ghostbusters fans, I’d be happy if these stories extended out in every direction. I’m happy that we’re back in New York City, but I wouldn’t mind seeing something that actually goes to other parts of the world. I do feel like one of the things that we explore in this film is that there are mythologies that speak to not just ancient threats, but ancient ghost-busting that the team in 1984 were not the first to come together to find a way to stop a supernatural threat.I’d love to explore how other cultures, or at least I’d love to see as a fan, how other cultures create specific threats and specific ways to deal with them in future installments.

How Ghostbusters Could Expand After Frozen Empire

Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire with Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray in Afterlife
Custom Image by Simone Ashmoore

Kenan’s comments are similar to those shared by Dan Aykroyd in an interview with Bloody Disgusting on March 22. In the interview, the franchise star also shared hopes that another movie could take place beyond its tyical city setting, saying “Hey, there are ghosts around the world.” His comment hints at possible plans for another Ghostbusters movie that sees its characters heading not just out of its typical city setting, but also perhaps beyond the United States.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire‘s new villain makes plenty of additions to the franchise’s lore, deepening it because of its own centuries-old history. However, the exploration of other cultures would make for an even more unique experience, since the movie would be able to utilize types of ghosts not yet seen in the franchise. This could make for both threatening new villains, as well as possible allies depending on how the stories are told.

Given the number of Easter eggs in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, future installments would probably still contain references no matter where they were set. However, they would add new layers to the franchise overall, perhaps even helping it lean toward different genres beyond horror and comedy. With plenty that could happen in the future, Kenan and Aykroyd’s vision for the series going forward could be unlike anything seen before.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
is now playing in theaters.

Source: GamesRadar+

Ghostbusters Frozen Empire Poster Featuring the Crew Steppingout of Ecto 1 and Facing Ice Creatures in New York

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire continues the story of a new generation of ghost hunters composed of Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Podcast (Logan Kim), who received help from the original team in the previous movie. Paul Rudd returns as Gary Grooberson and franchise co-creator Ivan Reitman returns to write and produce.

Gil Kenan

Release Date
March 22, 2024

Columbia Pictures , Bron Creative , Ghost Corps , Right of Way Films

Sony Pictures Releasing

Jason Reitman , Gil Kenan

115 Minutes

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