Report: The Ghostbusters Sequel Is Being Shelved in Favor of an Animated Movie

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Ghostbusters has been out for a bit now, and a new story from The Hollywood Reporter says that the movie is going to lose millions. As a result, a sequel has been put on the back burner—but Ghostbusters isn’t quite dead yet.


According to the story, Ghostbusters has to make $300 million to break even. While its current box office is hovering around $180 million. The Hollywood Reporter says the eventual loss could be in $70 million range—even though Sony argues that the bottom line is nowhere near that big once you include merchandising, product tie-ins, games, et cetera. Either way, it definitely seems like the movie wasn’t the bonafide hit that the studio was hoping for.

Which boils down to everyone being a lot less vocal about a sequel than they used to be. Instead of commenting directly on the sequel, a studio representative told The Hollywood Reporter that Sony was “very proud” of the movie and has resulted in the studio having “many ideas in the works to further exploit the Ghostbusters universe.”

One of which is getting animated show Ghostbusters: Ecto Force, which was announced earlier, out in 2018 and planning an animated movie for 2019. Both are being steered by Ivan Reitman and his Ghostbusters-centered group Ghost Corps.

It makes sense that Sony’s not going to give up on an attempt to turn Ghostbusters into a signature franchise for it going forward. It also makes business sense to funnel resources into the animated format, which has been successful for Ghostbusters before. What absolutely sucks is that there are going to be people who say that the movie failed because it starred four women.

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.


Angrier Geek

Sorry, but the movie just wasn’t that good. I really wish it had been better and it should have been better given all the talent on-hand. It just wasn’t. And I they must have made a shit ton of money on the merchandising or animated versions to them to push so hard to keep franchising this because it doesn’t make sense for a 30 year old movie.

Personally I think the next attempt should be a teen reboot!