Back in 1984, there came a key piece of advice: don’t cross the streams. But sometimes taking that risk is worth it – and that’s exactly the story behind Ghostbusters: Afterlife. With filmmaker Jason Reitman inheriting the horror-comedy series from his director dad Ivan Reitman, it’s a legacy sequel in more ways than one – and Empire’s new issue gets the full story on that passing of the proton pack in a major new joint interview with Reitmans Jr. and Sr.

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Find the issue on newsstands on Thursday 30th September, or pre-order a copy online here. Can’t wait until then? Here’s a sneaky peek inside:

Jason And Ivan Reitman On Ghostbusters

Empire November 2021

This month’s cover feature unites father and son directors Ivan and Jason Reitman to talk about passing the baton on a beloved piece of cinema history in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Across eight pages, the pair discuss Ivan’s original classic, Jason’s new sequel, and 40-odd years of Ghostbusters history – with brand new images from the upcoming film, and a world-exclusive Empire photo shoot of the pair on the GhostCorps lot at Sony, Los Angeles, featuring iconic props from the films.

Denis Villeneuve On Dune

Empire November 2021

With his latest sci-fi spectacular, director Denis Villeneuve has finally realised his ambition to bring Dune to the big screen. In a world-exclusive first-person piece, the filmmaker details his personal journey of adapting Frank Herbert’s iconic Spice odyssey, the challenging desert shoot, and his hopes for Part Two.


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What happens when the filmmaker behind Nomadland and The Rider takes on a massive Marvel Cinematic Universe movie? Empire digs into the fascinating collaboration between writer-director Chloé Zhao and Marvel Studios for an MCU film like no other – going on set and speaking to stars including Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and the Oscar-winning Zhao herself.

Ridley Scott

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The legendary British director is back with two major movies at the age of 83 – getting medieval with historical sword-clashing saga The Last Duel, and going Gaga on fashion house murder tale House Of Gucci. Empire catches up with the filmmaker on what’s driving him as hard as ever five decades into his career.

Céline Sciamma

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After blowing the world away with dreamy lesbian romance Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, visionary French director Céline Sciamma returns to a child’s POV with new drama Petite Maman. Empire sat down with her to talk about what inspires her, her process with actors, and what’s next.

The Harder They Fall

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With a Black all-star cast and visionary British director Jeymes Samuel at the helm, The Harder They Fall puts a dynamic, cinematic fresh spin on the Western. Empire speaks to the filmmaker and his cast – including Idris Elba, Regina King, and Jonathan Majors – about a new take on one of Hollywood’s oldest genres.

The Story Of The Outsiders And Rumble Fish

Empire November 2021

In 1983, master director Francis Ford Coppola unleashed two different coming-of-age tales, both adapted from the novels of S. E. Hinton: The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. In a brand new Empire interview, the filmmaker and author revisit the pair of teenage tales that changed their lives.

Gods Among Us: Will Smith

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From the ‘90s to now, the star of Men In Black, Independence Day and Bad Boys has been an A-list box office force. Empire revisits the career of a pure charisma machine.

Take 20

Empire November 2021

This month’s look at all the film (and TV) moments that matter includes Kenneth Branagh writing an exclusive personal piece on his new movie Belfast, Ivan Reitman on his Triplets plans, a delve into the many musicals of 2021, a brand new look at Disney’s Encanto, a celebration of the late, great Michael K. Williams, and much more.


Empire November 2021

In this month’s home entertainment section, we go another round with Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg, talk to Quentin Tarantino himself about his Once Upon A Time In Hollywood novelisation, talk family matters with Black Widow director Cate Shortland, rank the movies of James Cameron, and more.

On Screen

Empire November 2021

Reviewed in this month’s mag are Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, fantasy epic The Green Knight, sprawling sci-fi series Foundation, gangster prequel The Many Saints Of Newark, and more.

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