For more than 20 years, fans wondered if a third “Ghostbusters” film would ever happen. Now the film franchise is on the verge of being more robust than ever, with The Tracking Board reporting Thursday evening that an animated “”Ghostbusters” is in development at Sony Pictures.
The article doesn’t have much more in the way of details, other than the film is likely “targeted at a younger demographic” than the upcoming Paul Feig-directed “Ghosbusters” reboot that wrapped filming last month. Whether or not the animated feature will be based on that, the original films or something entirely new remains to be seen. The studio is said to be currently looking for a screenwriter for the project.
Ivan Reitman, director and producer of the original two “Ghostbusters” movies, will produce along with Tom Pollock. A “Ghostbusters” film with a male main cast — in contrast to next year’s movie starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — has also been reported as in development, though Reitman said in July that only one new “Ghostbusters” movie was on the way.
“Ghostbusters” has an existing history in animation — the cartoon “The Real Ghostbusters,” based on the original 1984 film, ran from 1986 to 1991. A follow-up, “Extreme Ghostbusters,” lasted a few months in late 1997.
The Paul Feig-directed “Ghostbusters” is scheduled for release on July 15, 2016.
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