The success of Ghostbusters: Afterlife was always going to lead to a new lease of life for the 80s franchise, and it looks like the next step in that rebirth is going to be a new animated series which will be heading to Netflix. According to Variety, the new Ghostbusters series will be coming from Sony Pictures Animation, and will be executive produced by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan of Ghost Corps Inc. Although there have been no specific details about the new animated series released, this will be another exciting development for fans of the supernatural comedy franchise.
Of course the relationship between Ghostbusters and animation goes back to the franchise’s original animated cartoon series, The Real Ghostbusters. That series made its debut in 1986, featuring slightly altered versions of the main characters from the 1984 movie as they were not allowed to use the likeness of the movie’s actors at the time. However, the series was a massive success, and still stands as one of the most impressive cartoons of the era, with well scripted stories and host of spooks that could really scare the little ones of the decade.
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Since The Real Ghostbusters ended in 1991, a follow-up series called Extreme Ghostbusters followed, which featured an all new busting team of youngsters, but did still feature Egon Spengler as the team’s leader. While that series was not quite as loved as the original, Ghostbusters fans were still happy to accept it as an addition to the franchise.
The news of the new series has coincided with “Ghostbusters Day”, an annually celebrated event, and it is expected that Reitman and Kenan will have some other projects to announce before the day is out. With recent whispers suggest that a new Ghostbusters game is also on the way, there could be an update on that project to come.
Ghostbusters Animated Series Will Continue Netflix’s Love Of 80s Cartoons
The news of a new Ghostbusters animated series will no doubt come with the usual trepidation of what the project is going to look like, and will of course gain comparisons to The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters. In the end, with Reitman and Kenan on board, there is probably not too much to worry about on that score. Of course, Ghostbusters isn’t the only 80s cartoon that has had a revival on Netflix, as recent years have brought multiple versions of Masters of the Universe to the platform, as well as the reboot of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
Outside of this, Netflix has also featured both the new and original versions of Dangermouse for some time now, and some have taken that to mean that at some point the streamer could add the original 80s series of He-Man and The Masters of The Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power to their roster. It would not be too much of a stretch to believe that those looking forward to the reboot of Ghostbusters in animated form will also be hoping that Netflix may invest in bringing the 80s series to the platform at the same time. Expect more news about the new series in the near future.