Ghostbusters Animated Movie in Development At Sony

Ghostbusters Animated

Are you excited for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot? You know, the one starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones? Directed by Paul Feig? The one with all the announced cameos -- even Bill Murray!

Okay, well if it isn't that Ghostbusters reboot, then maybe it's the one that was reportedly being developed by the Russo brothers for Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt? Last we heard that film was on hold and producer Ivan Reitman confirmed the only Ghostbusters reboot in the works was Feig's. But then screenwriter Drew Pearce mentioned he was still working on an idea for this other reboot (though he clarified that didn't mean there was a script), which has us thinking: Is Sony developing multiple Ghostbusters spinoffs after all?

It sure seems that way, and especially if this latest rumor turns out to be true. First picked up by insider website, The Tracking Board (plus The Wrap is reporting the same), Sony is supposedly developing an animated Ghostbusters movie to go along with their (alleged) two other Ghostbusters projects. All of these films together would then form something of a shared universe, or at least a shared identity, building Ghostbusters into a tentpole franchise.

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Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' starring Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, and Kate McKinnon.

The animated Ghostbusters film is expected to follow what is the basic premise of the franchise: a group of scientists battle ghosts using gadgets and gizmos. Whether this animated film would star versions of the original Ghostbusters, the all-women team from Feig's reboot, or entirely new characters isn't stated. A combination of Ghostbusters both old and new might be a good fit, though, allowing the animated movie to bridge that generational gap.

The Tracking Board goes on to say the Ghostbusters animated movie will be produced by Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman through Montecito Picture Company, and that Ali Bell and Kristine Belson will oversee the project for Sony Pictures Animation. So cue Reitman soon making a statement claiming this isn't true.

But a Ghostbusters animated movie actually makes a lot of sense for Sony. Fieg's reboot is obviously aimed at an older crowd, but an animated movie could potentially be aimed at children. Presumably, this wouldn't be unlike how The Real Ghostbusters animated series capitalized on kids' interest, even if the films themselves generally skewed to a slightly older audience. Besides, Sony is already taking this route with Spider-Man by having Chris Miller and Phil Lord develop an animated film alongside the live action movies.

What do you think? Is a Ghostbusters animated movie something you'd like to see? Do you believe Sony should try making multiple Ghostbusters movies, forming a shared universe with the franchise?

Paul Feig's Ghostbusters will open in U.S. theaters on July 15th, 2016. As of now, any other Ghostbusters movies are rumor, but we'll report on any updates as they develop.

Source: The Tracking Board

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