With the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Sony announced the release date for their Ghostbusters Ultimate Gift Set that includes the 1984 original, its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II and the aforementioned Jason Reitman film for a Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release slated for February 1, 2022. It's a comprehensive 8-disc set that also comes with the book Making Ghostbusters. Of course, the big giant glaring omission to the set is the Paul Feig 2016 film since rebranded Ghostbusters: Answer the Call to differentiate from the Ivan Reitman film. It was a reboot that starred Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.
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Feig took to Twitter to (rightfully) lodge his protest to Sony for the exclusion adding the hashtag #WeAreAllGhostbusters. While the 2016 film garnered a 74 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the online backlash, largely fueled by misogyny, was in full force that likely sabotaged any real chance of box office success. Like Jason Reitman's film, the project was endorsed by the franchise's surviving cast in Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts, playing original roles.
While the 2016 reboot didn't take place in the same universe, Afterlife acted as canonically, the third film that focused on Egon Spengler's family in the Midwest that saw the character passing at the beginning of the film to coincide with Harold Ramis' passing. The character was largely muted, played by a stand-in initially in silhouette, and was rendered in CG near the film's climax. As far as the 2016 film's mixed reception, Aykroyd said he wished Feig "had been more inclusive to the originators" but did enjoy it otherwise. Since Afterlife's release on November 19, the film hasn't topped $200 million as its predecessors have yet, currently at $174 million globally at the box office. The film, which also stars Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, McKenna Grace, and Finn Wolfhard, is in theaters.