Ernie Hudson Says He’s “Very Happy” With the ‘Ghostbusters 4’ Script

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Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters II

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It’s only been a year since Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) arrived in theaters, and now, a sequel is already underway, which will be the fourth movie in the main Ghostbusters series, and the fifth overall Ghostbusters movie when you count the reboot Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016).

Since Ghostbusters Day on June 8, there have been some reveals about the upcoming sequel, from the fact that “it will continue the Spengler family story” to the working title, Firehouse, a reference, of course, to the Ghostbusters’ iconic New York headquarters.

(L to R) Celeste O'Conner (Lucky), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Logan Kim (Podcast), and McKenna Grace (Phoebe) in Ghostbusters Afterlife
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Some cast members from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, such as McKenna Grace (Phoebe), Logan Kim (Podcast), and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), also recently confirmed their involvement. And though it has also been confirmed that Firehouse will be set in New York City, not much else has been revealed.

But there has been a lot of other paranormal activity happening within the world of Ghostbusters lately. Multiplayer game Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (2022), which features the voices and likenesses of Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson as Dr. Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore, recently hit shelves.

Ghostbusters Spirits Unleashed
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The Ghostbusters VR game also recently got an official title and release window, and there’s even a Ghostbusters animated series and a Ghostbusters animated movie in the works at Netflix. But we now have a pretty major update for the upcoming live-action sequel.

While we already know that Firehouse, or Ghostbusters 4, will be released on December 20, 2023, fans have been kept in the dark around whether or not the script had been finalized, let alone what that script entails (hopefully no more Gozer and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man).

Olivia Wilde as Gozer in Ghostbusters
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Now, in a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Ernie Hudson, who plays Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), and Ghostbusters: Afterlife, revealed that the script for next year’s sequel is finally complete. Here’s what he said:

“I did read a version. I’m pretty sure they committed to doing another one. I’m very happy with it, but I also know this is early on. Jason has been incredible, and I really just love and appreciate him. I’m so thankful to be able to work with him. So, I’m excited about but… I haven’t and I never assume anything.”

Naturally, Hudson is keeping details about the upcoming film where they belong — in the Ecto-Containment Unit. Although he does allude to the fact that Jason Reitman (director/writer) and Gil Kenan (writer) are “committed to doing” another version of the script.

Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz (L), Bill Murray as Peter Venkman (M), and Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore (R) in Ghostbusters: Afterlife
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The actor went on to express his gratitude for having Ghostbusters in his filmography, saying:

“I am happy, though, to have Ghostbusters in my filmography. And I’m just really delighted when I see little kids, two and three years old, singing the song and being happy about it.”

Hudson certainly isn’t wrong — while Ghostbusters: Afterlife pleased fans of the original two films, it also appealed to a new generation altogether, which is likely the reason why the long-awaited sequel chose to feature children as its main protagonists over the original actors.

Finn Wolfhard as Trevor (L), McKenna Grace as Phoebe (M), and Logan Kim as Podcast (R) in Ghostbusters Afterlife
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Whether or not any of the other actors besides Ernie Hudson, McKenna Grace, and Logan Kim will be reprising their roles in Firehouse, though, remains to be seen. Dan Aykroyd returns in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, but he’s yet to confirm his involvement in the upcoming sequel.

As for Bill Murray, who plays Dr. Peter Venkman, your guess is as good as ours. Not only is Murray known for being difficult when it comes to agreeing to do Ghostbusters movies, he recently made headlines after allegedly behaving inappropriately towards a co-star on the set of his new film Being Mortal (TBA).

Bill Murray as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters
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As per the Ghostbusters/Sony Pictures website, here’s the synopsis for Ghostbusters: Afterlife:

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.

The Ecto-1 in Ghostbusters Afterlife
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars McKenna Grace (Phoebe), Logan Kim (Podcast), Celeste O’Connor (Lucky), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Carrie Coon (Callie), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett), Paul Rudd (Gary Grooberson), Olivia Wilde (Gozer the Gozerian), JK Simmons (Ivo Shandor), Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Ray Stantz), and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore).

McKenna Grace as Phoebe in Ghostbusters Afterlife
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Ghostbusters 4 will be released on December 20, 2023.

The new multiplayer video game Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is out now and Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord (2023) is expected some time next year.

There are currently no release dates for the Ghostbusters animated series and the Ghostbusters animated movie.

Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord VR Game Keyart
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