by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
In less than a few weeks we’re going to get Paul Feig’s new takes on Ghostbusters (which has more than a few fans of the 1984 original up in arms). But SONY isn’t stopping there. A while back we heard rumblings of an animated movie expanding the universe but that hasn’t really gotten off the ground yet.
But another animated project (which won’t be directly tied to either the original or the reboot) has popped up at the studio. Called Ghostbusters: Ecto Force, this new series will focus on the paranormal experts in the year 2050.
Here’s SONY’s official description of the new show:
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.
I was a big fan of The Real Ghostbusters when I was a kid (although I’m sure fans of the films had problems with the core group being buddies with Slimer, but hey you can’t please everyone). I’m willing to go into this neutral.
One thing that nips at my brain though – this does sound a bit like Max Landis’ idea of a proposed third film dealing with a Ghostbusters franchise that battled ectoplasmic evil around the globe. I wonder if the studio might have cherry-picked a few of his better ideas for this?
Whatever the case may be we’re still a long ways off from seeing anything concrete on this project. If we hear anything else we’ll report it right here.