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December 13, 2022
Movie Update Time!

Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Sequel Taps Gil Kenan To Direct With Previous Cast Returning

After successfully relaunching the franchise with 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Sony Pictures is ramping up pre-production on the sequel with the film’s writer and exec producer Gil Kenan set to take over directing reins. Sources tell Deadline that Jason Reitman, who directed the pervious pic, will move into the writer-producer role alongside co-scribe Kenan and Jason Blumenfeld. Insiders add that the Ghostbusters: Afterlife ensemble that includes Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon is on board to return.

"It’s an absolute honor to pick up the proton pack and step behind the camera for the next chapter of the Spengler family saga," said Kenan. "I just wish I could go back to 1984 and tell the kid in the sixth row of the Mann Valley West that one day he was going to get to direct a Ghostbusters film."

While not much is known about the sequel, but sources say the plan is to return to New York City and the iconic firehouse made famous in the original Ghostbusters films. It is slated for a December 2023 release.

"A few years ago, my father handed me the keys to Ecto-1, and together we made Ghostbusters: Afterlife" said Reitman. "Words will never express how grateful I am to have made a film with my father by my side. It’s now time to hand those keys to my creative partner and fellow Ghostbuster Gil Kenan, a brilliant director who will keep the Spengler spirit alive. I can only hope to provide him the same producorial care and support that my father showed me."

Story time!

Ghostbusters 2022: When The Zephyr Lilies Bloom
October 2022--Timeline Year Forty
Eric Stantz is confused by his mysterious connection to the magic cat Panther-Panther, and reaches out the one person who may be able to shed some light on origin of that strange bond: the wizard Lady Enlightenment. Or ask Eric knows her, "Mom."

As you might gather, it's a follow-up to Panther-Panther Burning Bright, but I also have some fun with some other stuff in it. Ogre helped with a few of the jokes, so if you find one you like give him the credit!

--Fritz V. Baugh

November 25, 2022
It's that time again: the Ectozone Christmas Fan Fic List!

Ghostbusters: Mr. Stay Puft's Christmas Adventure
December 24, 1983--Timeline Year One
It's Christmas Eve. Venkman's in a foul mood. Ray misses his family. Egon is not sure how to react to Janine's elf costume. Winston has a fateful meeting. And then the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man shows up. Wait, what? How is that even possible?
(First Posted December 12, 2011)

Ghostbusters: Spirit of the Season
By Jason Knetge
December 17, 2003--Timeline Year Twenty-One
The Ghostbusters (???) are called to help stop a spook during the holiday season. .
(First Posted December 20, 2008)

Ghostbusters West Coast: Silent Night
By Mick Nielson
December 25, 2008--Timeline Year Twenty-Six
It's Christmas in LA...and everyone's lost their voices!
(First Posted December 25, 2008)

--Fritz V. Baugh

October 31, 2022

It's not really a Halloween story, but Halloween is a great time to release a Ghostbusters story, and it does have a black cat and a mummy in it!

Ghostbusters 2022: Panther-Panther Burning Bright
September 2022--Timeline Year Forty
With two of their teammates in France, it would seem that Eric, John, and Eden would seem to be having an easy time of it. Yeah, but with a rap concert attended by a mummy and a mysterious magical cat, that's not gonna last.

--Fritz V. Baugh

October 1, 2022

It's October, so time for the Pumpkin Head Spice theme and the Halloween Reading List!

Ghostbusters Nightsquad: All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One
By Bo Holbrook, Ben King, and Fritz Baugh
September 2003--Timeline Year Twenty One
It seems like just another day for the members of Ghostbusters Nightsquad. The original Ghostbusters are out of town, and a few small jobs keep things from getting too dull. But in the shadows, a sinister plot is being hatched...a plot that will change the team forever...
Guest stars Jeff Nash, Vincent Belmont, and Fritz Baugh.
(First Posted July 17, 2006)

Ghostbusters Nightsquad: All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two
By Bo Holbrook, Ben King, and Fritz Baugh
September 2003--Timeline Year Twenty One
Catastrophe!!! The Extreme Ghostbusters defeated!!! Nightsquad's worst enemy has taken over Central Park!!! And Nightsquad can't do anything about it, because they're in jail!!!
(First Posted July 24, 2006)

Ghostbusters Nightsquad: All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Three
By Bo Holbrook, Ben King, and Fritz Baugh
September 2003--Timeline Year Twenty One
As if the Blair Witch wasn't enough...the cult's plot has drawn in another familiar face, one that had nearly defeated the original Ghostbusters more than once. Will Nightsquad, even with the help of Vincent Belmont, Jeff Nash, Fritz Baugh, and Roland Jackson, have a chance in hell against them?!
(First Posted July 31, 2006)

Ghostbusters Nightsquad: All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Four
By Bo Holbrook, Ben King, and Fritz Baugh
September 2003--Timeline Year Twenty One
It's the final showdown between Nightsquad, their allies, and the Hain Witch. The fate of the world is at stake (again), and even if the Ghostbusters are victorious they will pay a price in dearest blood...
(First Posted August 7, 2006)

Ghostbusters Nightsquad: Aftermath
By Bo Holbrook and Fritz Baugh
October 2003--Timeline Year Twenty-One
One week ago, the Hain Witch destroyed his headquarters and killed two of his friends. Now, the drunken wreck who was once Bo Holbrook is confronted with the chance to rebuild--problem is, he's not sure it's worth it.
(First Posted September 17, 2007)

(Okay, it technically didn't take place on Halloween...but c'mon, SAMHAIN!!!)

Ghostbusters West Coast: Flipped Out
October 31, 2006--Timeline Year Twenty Four
It's Halloween and something extra weird is going our heroes are confronted with a team of opponents who are both shockingly wierd and very familiar. Not the least of them, a woman named Ellie...
(First Posted October 31, 2006)

Ghostbusters West Coast: HELLoween
By Aidan Munroe
With contributions from the entire GBWC team
October 31, 2007--Timeline Year Twenty-Five
Halloween is the busy season for a GBI franchise, and this year's no exception. It starts with a familiar ship full of ghostly pirates...and then gets even wierder from there!
(First Posted October 31, 2007)

Ghostbusters West Coast: The Masks We Wear
By Jason Knetge
October 31, 2009--Timeline Year Twenty-Seven
It's Halloween, and sure enough something weird has happened: everybody has turned into their Halloween costume! Join Doctor Who, Deadpool, The Wolfman, Ash Williams, Kitty Pryde, Wolverine, and the Cat Girl as they try to figure out what caused this--and how to reverse it.
(First Posted October 31, 2009)

Ghostbusters West Coast: One Froggy Halloween
October 31, 2014--Timeline Year Thirty-Two
It's Halloween, which is seldom a quiet time for any Ghostbusters franchise, and this year is no exception for the West Coast office. A literature professor with personal ties to one of their own is being stalked by a froglike monster. Can they save him before he croaks?
(First Posted October 31, 2014)

Thanks for reading!

--Fritz V. Baugh

August 30, 2022
Back in January, as you may remember, EGB Fan released Tales From The Ectozone: Maybe This Time, a new version of Conchita Rivera (Kylie and Eduardo's oldest daughter) meeting Dennis Wu; now the "overwrite" continues, and while Conchita and Dennis are the focus of things, there's a lot else going on...a couple now separated by distance, a couple in earlier stages of their relationship, and two other old friends wondering if they could be more than just old friends.

I hope you'll give it a look.

Tales From The Ectozone: The Course of True Love
By EGB Fan
August 2026--Timeline Year Forty-Four
As one couple is united in marriage, others deal with separation, wistful memories, and questions about what the future could bring.
(First Posted August 30, 2022)

August 16, 2022
It's that time again!

GenCon 2022 was held on August 4-7, and of course Ogre and I went. We haven't missed one since 2011 (except for 2020, but there wasn't an in-person one so I'm not counting that one.)

It was a little closer to "normal", but of course...

Normal can be a fairly relative term. Even as a guy who leans to the left side of the political spectrum, it did seem a little odd that the health and safety standards this year were actually more restrictive than last year's. The fact that they were expecting a lot more people is about the only reason I can think of that begins to make sense.

Fortunately, my friends at Point Hat Games made it this year. Their talking hat Brimley got them some great buzz this time (we think that Exploding Kittens and their lolcat-run booth not showing up greatly helped) and PHG actually ran out of some of their product on Sunday afternoon. I saw it happen! These are great people and I'm glad to have known their CEO for almost twenty years; I wish I could tell you about some of their exciting future plans, but I don't want to get turned into a frog.

"Anyone else feeling a bit stiff?"

"No, I'm not that Digimon that Fritz likes. Sheesh."

I hear Bezier's game "Cat In The Box" is pretty good...but dammit...

I'm not the only one who said they'd have made a lot more money if they were selling those stuffed cats!!!

So back at my very first GenCon in 2005 I almost got to meet Ernie "Winston Zeddemore" Hudson. Well, my streak of almost meeting Ghostbusters actors is now up to two: here to promote a game based on A Goofy Movie was...

Jason "Garrett Miller" Marsden. But since the booth was charging forty freakin' dollars for autographs or pictures, well, I had to pass on that one.

Now if only Maurice LaMarche or Laura Summer would show up somewhere I could end up failing to meet them at...

In better news, Naomi VanDoren showed up again, and this time I found a print I liked and bought it. Which is the one above.

Okay, time for the usual pictures of the haul.

The GenCon dice from Crystal Caste and Gatekeeper (once again, fortunately they're nowhere close to Keymaster Games), along with a Beholder mini and a Pathfinder mini. Being a blonde female human, dressed in red, brown, and some gold, with a bladed weapon in her left hand, this is as close to her as I'm ever likely to get to one my characters without ordering a custom.

Speaking of Pathfinder, the latest book Dark Archive was out, and as a guy with a wierd affection for the psionic classes, which Paizo mostly stayed away from in PF1, I was interested to see this. Their Focus Point mechanics looks to blend well with the classic Power Point flavor of previous DnD editions.

Also got to talk with Rob Heinsoo when I bought the Drakkenhall book for 13th Age. They're getting ready to do a kickstarter for a revised core book; I hope to get into that one.

Kind of a surprise purchase was Renegade Games' new Power Rangers RPG. It's the Essence 20 engine, the same as their recent GI Joe and upcoming Transformers RPGs; maybe with that in mind it should have been called the "Hasbro Essence 20" system. Anyway, it looks interesting. Go Go Power Rangers!!!

Yeah, I'll show myself out.

Just 252 days until the next one!!!

In other news, no new story yet, but I've been working on it. It should be complete before the end of the year, I hope.

--Fritz V. Baugh

July 5, 2022

Small update from Deadline about the Ghostbuster Afterlife sequel:

The Ghostbusters sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife that Sony teased at CinemaCon in a sizzle reel and which director Jason Reitman and writer Gil Kenan confirmed on Ghostbusters Day, June 8, is getting a theatrical release of Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023.

As hinted at in the end credits of Afterlife, the next chapter will return to the original films’ New York City and firehouse setting.

That's about the same amount of time after the announcement of Afterlife in January 2019 that the movie was scheduled to be released before that whole Covid thing kinda sprocked it up. This also suggests that once again Jason Reitman and the rest have most of their ducks in a row before even admitting that it's duck season.

Hopefully no pandemics or societal collapses will delay this one.

--Fritz V. Baugh

June 14, 2022
News from Ecto-Fest 2022 via Hollywood Reporter and GBFans:

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman and co-writer Gil Kenan are letting a few details out of the ghost trap about their upcoming entry in the live-action supernatural comedy franchise. The duo is also spilling on the plethora of content coming fans’ way via two films, an animated Netflix TV series, video games and a Dark Horse comic series.

The Afterlife sequel now has the codename "Firehouse".

And if the next live-action film was not enough for fans to be thrilled about, another animated film is in the works with Sony Pictures Animation. The creative team behind the project includes directors Jennifer Kluska (Hotel Transylvania: Transformania) and Chris Prynoski (executive producer, Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe) and writer Brenda Hsueh (supervising producer, Disjointed).

There is also a new animated series on the way with production handled by Sony Pictures Animation, Netflix and Ghost Corps, Inc., which is based at Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

Other than my Old Man Yelling At Clouds reaction of "Why does everything have to be on fucking streaming nowadays instead of a real TV network?" I look forward to seeing where this goes.

Dark Horse Comics is working with Reitman and Kenan on a Ghostbusters comic book series that will help bridge the gap between Ghostbusters: Afterlife and the upcoming sequel.

So yes, that's wrapped up in a bit of bad news: IDW has officially lost the license.

Interestingly, the backdrop for the comic announcement, seen behind Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan, was some artwork from Now Comics' most well regarded arc, "The Father Thing Trilogy." I doubt it means anything, though.

Looks like there's a lot to look forward to in the coming years.

--Fritz V. Baugh

May 13, 2022

The Ectozone's very first header picture

Nineteen years. Nineteen years plugging away on a crappy site devoted to a movie that came out thirty-eight years ago. That means I've now been around for half of the life of the entire Ghostbusters franchise!

So a couple years ago I put out the story Thirty-Five Years Later, inspired by the Ghostbusters: Afterlife teaser. It basically suggested how the movie is going to fit into the Ectozone's Multiverse, by introducing the movies-only timeline 681. Well, now that the movie has been released (a year and a half later than planned) and we've all proccessed it, time for Deek's follow-up report to Professor Ulforce...

Tales From The Ectozone: Deek's Report
2022--Timeline Year Forty
It's hard to shock the Chronicler of Realities and a Chronomancer, but recent events in timeline 681 have done just that.

Thanks for sticking around.

--Fritz V. Baugh
Once known as "Veedramon"

April 26, 2022

Ghostbusters Afterlife Sequel Teased At CinemaCon 2022

Sony Pictures has greenlit a third installment in the Tom Hardy-led “Venom” franchise, following the back-to-back box office successes of 2021’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” ($502 million globally) and 2018’s “Venom” ($856 million globally).

The studio also announced plans for another “Ghostbusters” installment, which will serve as a follow-up to 2021’s reboot “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” ($200 million globally). Sony revealed its plans for both sequels during its Monday evening presentation at CinemaCon, the annual trade show for theater owners. Though the studio did not share any details about either movie, it revealed that new installments were on the way.

And that's basically all we know right now.

--Fritz V. Baugh

February 15, 2022

Sad news today from GBFans

It is with great sadness that we must report that Ghostbusters director, Ivan Reitman passed away on Saturday. He left behind a legacy, a large collection of amazing movies including Ghostbusters 1 & 2, Stripes, Meatballs and many others. He was 75.

My deep condolences to Jason Reitman and the rest of his family and friends. And my deep thanks to Mister Reitman and the vital role he played in creating the masterpiece that inspired millions, and brought all of us together in places like this one.

I had just completed a series of drawings of the new characters in Ghostbusters: Afterlife before the news hit. Here's a look at the new faces brought to us by Reitman's final movie:

These characters may not exist in the Ectozone universe, but that doesn't mean I can't try to draw them, right? See Phoebe, her brother Trevor, Lucky Domingo, and "Podcast" here

--Fritz V. Baugh

January 18, 2022
EGB Fan is a longtime member of the Ectozone forum and one of my first collaborators on stories such as For Worse Or For Better and Dreams Reborn, as well as being Coda and Terchi's biggest cheerleader.

More importantly, she's the one who basically singlehandedly plotted out the lives of the Ectozone version of the Extreme Ghostbusters all the way from 1998 to the present and even into the future. And that's what today's post is about.

Not long ago, she wrote me asking if I'd approve of her rewriting the future of one of the EGB kids, Conchita Rivera, the older daughter of Eduardo and Kylie. She admitted looking back at the old stories and felt bad about some of the twists and turns she put young Miss Rivera through; I agreed, remembering saying at the time "Yikes, this is a lot of turmoil for one of the nicest characters in the cast" but she was, after all, EGB Fan's character.

So when she said she wanted to remake some of that stuff, I certainly didn't say no. A combination of it being her characters, and it being stuff that still "hasn't happened yet" as far as 8932 continuity is concerned, meant that I was all for it, especially as she had some other non-romance ideas for making Conchita a better character.

And then one last thing, she asked, since she didn't feel right about putting these OC-heavy stories on fan fic sites like FFN and AO3, would I mind hosting them on the Ectozone? Hell no!

Read and enjoy. You'll also see some familiar (for this site) characters show up in Part Two.

Tales From The Ectozone: Maybe This Time, Part One
By EGB Fan
September 2024--Timeline Year Forty-Two
A professional opportunity leads to a romantic proposition for Conchita Rivera. Not for the first time, she risks an emotional investment, little knowing of the surprise her suitor has in store.

Tales From The Ectozone: Maybe This Time, Part Two
By EGB Fan
October 2024--Timeline Year Forty-Two
Conchita spends some time with Jessica Venkman and the current women of Ghostbusters as she sorts out her feelings. A Halloween party, thrown by her sister's beloved, is drawing closer, and with it--opportunity, should she choose to take it.

--Fritz V. Baugh

January 1, 2022

Illustration by John Tobias, Rich Rankin, and Suzanne Dechnik

Gregorian: Saturday, 1 January 2022
Mayan: Long count =; tzolkin = 13 Etznab; haab = 16 Kankin
French: 12 Nivôse an 230 de la Révolution
Islamic: 27 Jumada I 1443
Hebrew: 28 Teveth 5782
Julian: 19 December 2021
ISO: Day 6 of week 52 of 2021
Persian: 11 Dey 1400
Ethiopic: 23 Takhsas 2014
Coptic: 23 Kiyahk 1738
Chinese: Cycle 78, year 38 (Xin-Chou), month 11 (Geng-Zi), day 29 (Jia-Yin)
Julian day: 2459581
Day of year: Day 1 of 2022; 364 days remaining in the year
Discordian: Sweetmorn, Chaos 1, Year of Our Lady of Discord 3188
Order of Hermes: XI Day of Capricorn, XXXI Age of Aquarius

Yeah, that's cool and all, but what's coming up this year?

I'm currently starting the follow-up to The Werewolf of Notre-Dame: it'll be something interesting happening to the Spengler Twins and Eric Stantz while Marie and TJ were in France.

Also, I'll inevitably do a follow-up to Thirty-Five Years Later. Now that Deek's seen what happened in Timeline 681 (and I've seen Ghostbusters: Afterlife) she updates Professor Ulforce...and maybe he's got an update or two for her too. (Probably after it comes out on home video and I watch it again.)

I hope you'll stick around and give it a look.

Have a safe and happy Thirty Second Year of the Age of Aquarius.

--Fritz V. Baugh

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