On Wednesday, Joe Otterson at Variety exclusively revealed that a new animated Ghostbusters series is in development at Netflix. According to Otterson’s report, Ghostbusters: Afterlife co-writers Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan will serve as executive producers on the show.
If you’re hoping for more information or confirmation about the new series, then you may be in luck. Turns out that June 8 is Ghostbusters Day, something I had no idea existed. In a video posted to Sony Pictures’ official Twitter account, Jason Reitman thanked fans for all their support before teasing some big news that will be revealed this evening.
Considering that the sequel to Afterlife was announced back in April, there’s a decent chance that what Reitman’s referring to is the animated series.
Whatever the case, the new show will have some mighty big shoes to fill. 1984’s The Real Ghostbusters, which ran for seven seasons, was beloved by viewers and critics alike. The series also provided some beautifully produced nightmare fuel for Gen-Xers like myself who grew up watching it.
There was also another animated series that debuted in 1997 entitled Extreme Ghostbusters. I admittedly didn’t watch it, but neither did most other people, apparently. It only lasted one season.
As more news about this third animated series is revealed, it will be interesting to see if Netflix allows the creators to lean into the franchise’s darker/scarier elements.
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