Ghostbusters Scare Up an Animated Series at Netflix, Jason Reitman Attached
A new Ghostbusters animated series is in development.
As reported by Variety, Netflix is working on bringing the popular group of spirit hunters back to the world of animation. While details on the project remain sparse, Sony Pictures Animations is confirmed to be working on the series and Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan of Ghost Corps, Inc. are attached as executive producers. At the time of writing, the show's plot is unknown and a writer has yet to be formally confirmed. The Ghostbusters animated series does not yet have a release window.
The focus of the upcoming Ghostbusters series is also a mystery. While many fans may expect it to feature the first team of Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Ego Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), the animated adaption could also spotlight the cast of the recent Ghostbusters: Afterlife film. Directed by Reitman, the continuation of the franchise focuses on a younger generation of phantom catchers played by Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd.
The Ghostbusters franchise is no stranger to animated adaptations. The iconic horror-comedy franchise originally made the leap into the world of cartoons in 1986 with The Real Ghostbusters animated series. Featuring the same group of characters from the original films, the show chronicles the team's adventures alongside Slimer, their spooky mascot and spectral companion. The show proved to be popular amongst audiences and ran for seven seasons, eventually concluding in 1991.
Reitman has previously addressed his excitement for the future of the Ghostbusters franchise, noting that he's looking forward to seeing what creators are able to do with the concept. "I want to see Ghostbusters movies from all of my favorite directors. And we hope that [Afterlife] sets the table for that." Reitman's father, Ivan Reitman, directed both of the original live-action films.
As for the films, fans of the iconic series have plenty to be excited about. Sony confirmed during its presentation at CinemaCon 2022 that a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife is now in active development. Beyond the project's existence, next to nothing is known about the production, but many fans are speculating that the cast of the Reitman's latest movie will return for the official follow-up.
Netflix's Ghostbusters animated series does not yet have a release window.