‘Ghostbusters’ Animated Movie in the Works at Sony?

By October 2, 2015

There has been a lot of news and rumors surrounding the Ghostbusters property at Sony the past few years. After years and years of rumors regarding a Ghostbusters 3 that would continue to the story of the previous two films, and feature the returning cast members and characters from the originals as well, the project finally died a slow, slow death it seemed like after prolonged periods of hesitation from numerous members of the creative team. Now, Paul Feig is busy at work on finishing his all-new female Ghostbusters reboot, that will feature an all-star cast of energetic female comedians, and cameos from nearly every original cast member (yes, including Bill Murray).

Rumors of a possible all-male Ghostbusters film have been circulating online over the past few months as well with actors like Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum rumored a number of times. although that looks to have been proven false by director Ivan Reitman a few months ago. So what does this mean for the future of the Ghosbusters? Will it just be the Paul Feig-helmed reboot that fans have to look forward to, or will there be other projects as well down the line? Well, it looks like we have our answer.

TheWrap is reporting that Sony is currently hard at work on developing an animated Ghostbusters film at Sony Pictures Animation, with Ivan Reitman set to produce the film and Kristine Belson and Michael Lachance overseeing the project as well. The studio is currently working to find a writer for the film, while no director or cast members have been announced yet. While the new movie will follow the same basic premise as the films, sources have hinted that the movie will actually be told from the perspective of a ghost, which is something that I think a number of Ghostbusters fans will probably be very excited about.

This won’t be the first time that the Ghostbusters world has been told in an animated style though, as some die-hard fans out there will likely remember the ABC Ghostbusters cartoon show that aired from 1986 through 1991. The report also hints that the animated film could take place outside of Manhattan (where the Ghostbusters have usually operated), with the report stating that “supernatural activity is not limited to a single borough in New York City.” So yeah, if that isn’t a pretty basic hint that the series will be taking place outside of the Ghostbusters favorite borough, then I don’t know what is.

It’s also interesting to note that this is the second animated project that Sony is currently working on alongside a live-action installment of the same property, with the announced animated Spider-Man film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller also in development. However, this animated Ghostbusters film will likely be welcomed with some more open arms than the all-female live action film has been, and the possibility of the film being told from the perspective of a ghost is just another interesting new way to tell a Ghostbusters story. Can you imagine a Ghostbusters movie from the perspective of Slimer? Count. Me. In.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable