The Next Ghostbusters Project Is a Futuristic Animated TV Show

The Real Ghostbusters (above) will now get a sibling as a new Ghostbusters animated show has been announced.
The Real Ghostbusters (above) will now get a sibling as a new Ghostbusters animated show has been announced.

The new Ghostbusters film opening next month isn’t just a single movie. It’s potentially the start of a whole new era for the franchise. And we now know the next project in that world, as Sony has announced a brand new animated Ghostbusters TV show to begin airing in 2018.

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The show will be called Ghostbusters: Echo Force and, well, here’s the info from the press release:

A brand new animated television series, GHOSTBUSTERS: ECTO FORCE, will further expand the Ghostbusters cinematic universe and focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters in the year 2050 who capture ghosts around the world with help from local teams—and some very cool gear! The younger-skewing Sony Pictures Animation project is being creatively spearheaded by Ivan Reitman and his production company Ghost Corps. GHOSTBUSTERS: ECTO FORCE is eyeing an early 2018 debut.

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That write up is a bit confusing. We get that this show will take place in the future with a new team of Ghostbusters. But saying it’ll “further expand the Ghostbusters cinematic universe” is odd. Because this isn’t a “cinematic” show. It’s a TV show. What it suggests is that this show will simply be in the same canon as the Paul Feig film. That’s pretty much why Ivan Reitman’s Ghost Corps production company exists now anyway: to create a unified series of projects in all mediums for the Ghostbusters.

And, of course, this isn’t the first time Ghostbusters was an animated series. The Real Ghostbusters aired in the late 1980s after the release of Ghostbusters 2.

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DISCUSSION

So help me I will make two Extreme Ghostbusters references in a day! But its of course the go to point of reference for trying to make GB young and hip.

But this could be fun if they go for creative and interesting stories that are interesting for All Ages, young and old, like The Real Ghostbusters. And not ruined by executive meddling like The Real Ghostbusters later seasons.

International teams could be a lot of fun and allow for playing with local myths. As long as they don’t get into racist stereotypes with the characters like can sometimes happen.