Sony is in what we hear are very early internal talks to develop a Ghostbusters animated feature, with Ivan Reitman said to be likely to produce, though no writer has been hired. If it moves forward, the film would add to the studio’s push to build the franchise on par with Marvel’s cinematic universe. The studio just wrapped filming on the female-driven reboot of the franchise, which unites the Bridesmaids team of director Paul Feig and co-stars Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy, along with Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones rounding out the new team of paranormal investigators. It is also developing a more male centric spinoff with Channing Tatum attached as a possible star. Of course, the first animated incarnation of the team assembled in the 1984 comedy classic was Dic’s The Real Ghostbusters. The toon take on a live-action film franchise follows the lead of Transformers; Ant-Man scribes Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari are set to pen an animated feature that’s an origin story that focused on Cybertron, the planet from which the good and bad Transformer robots hail.
Animated ‘Ghostbusters’ Story to Be Told From a Ghost’s Perspective?
While most people will associate Ghostbusters with Ivan Reitman’s 1984 film, I grew up watching “The Real Ghostbusters” animated series, which acted as a sort of companion piece to the film series. With Columbia Pictures rebooting the franchise last year, the plan was to ignite a new universe and build upon the new film that would act as the catalyst behind the modern ‘busters. It was a flop and left us all wondering what would come of the planned universe. While we still don’t know, it’s alleged that Sony is still developing an animated spinoff as both a feature film and television series.
An interesting rumor surfaced over at The Hashtag Show, who are reporting that the feature film version, being helmed by Fletcher Moules, is going to be told from a ghost’s perspective. This means that the Ghostbusters will be secondary characters to this ghost and that everything will be told from his/her eyes. This is immensely interesting because it begs the question, will this be a Slimer movie? What other ghost could be interesting enough to follow around? Oh, maybe Peter Venkman? If a third Ghostbusters were to ever come to fruition, Bill Murray’s character was not only to be deceased but also a ghost. That would be quite the twist. While this is all speculation on my part, it would be interesting nonetheless to see this franchise take a unique turn.
It’s also worth noting that, in the second season of “The Real Ghostbusters”, there’s an episode (“Egon’s Ghost”) in which Egon is accidentally zapped by one of his own inventions and becomes, for all intents and purposes, a ghost.
With that said, it’s been well over a year since the director was announced. Is this even happening anymore? What about the television series? We hope Paul Feig didn’t cross the streams and destroy the entire universe before it even had a chance to come to full realization.