It’s doubtful, to say the least, that when Dan Aykroyd first came up with the concept for Ghostbusters that he had any idea of exactly how enduring the idea would become. The first film in the franchise now maintains a classic status, with a dedicated and very passionate fan base. From this single effort came clothing, action figures, an animated TV series and of course, a sequel in 1989.
Now some 32 years after the release of the first Ghostbusters film, Aykroyd’s creation is once again getting a burst of new life, with next month’s all women, reboot of the original; as well as an animated feature-length film at some point in the near future. Both efforts mark new and exciting plans for Sony’s Ghostbusters franchise and apparently they aren’t all that’s in store for fans.
Sony Pictures Animation has announced via press release that yet another animated version of the Ghostbusters is on its way, this time in the form of a TV series called Ghostbusters: Ecto Force. Slated to arrive in early 2018, the new series will take place some 34 years into the future, with the Ghostbusters taking on the supernatural world of 2050. The series is being produced by original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and his production company, Ghost Corps.
Tweaked yet again to resemble something different from the source material, these Ghostbusters won’t just be confined to the spooky dark side of New York City. This time, they’ll form a globetrotting ensemble, searching out ghosts all over the world and getting help from local ghostbusting squads in various locales along the way. Sony promises “some very cool gear” for this next iteration of the famed supernatural hunters, so it will be interesting to see exactly what they have planned. In addition to a new Ghostbusters series, Sony also revealed that two of their hit animated feature films have also landed their own animated TV series. Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series is set to launch on the Disney Channel in 2017 and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs can also be expected in 2017, on the Cartoon Network.
The only thing missing from Sony’s press release is whether or not the Ghostbusters featured in Ecto Force will be modeled after the original 1984 Ghostbusters. Judging from Sony’s statement that the series will “focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters,” fans should not expect the familiar. The series’ plan to seek aid from ghostbusting teams around the world will surely mean a very diverse make up of Ghostbusters in both gender and nationality.
As times change, the Ghostbusters franchise seems to be making interesting headway in adapting its characters and situations to meet those changes. It still remains to be seen how Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters will fare when it hits theaters next month, but for now it looks as though Sony is willing to test different aspects of the franchise out to see what works and what doesn’t.
Ghostbusters: Ecto Force is expected to air in early 2018. Ghostbusters will hit US theaters on July 15, 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures Animation