It's fair to say that Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) has put Ghostbusters back on the map, as Ghostbusters Day (June 8) came with news that a brand-new Ghostbusters animated series is in development at Netflix.
Ghostbusters is no stranger to animated shows, as many fans will no doubt remember The Real Ghostbusters (1986 - 1991) and Extreme Ghostbusters (1997), both of which have inspired several lines of merchandise over the years.
The original animated show focused on Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, and Ray Stantz, as well as Janine Melnitz and Slimer, as they busted ghosts across Manhattan following the original 1984 film.
Extreme Ghostbusters served as a sequel of sorts, with Egon Spengler returning to manage a new team of Ghostbusters, including the fan-favorite Kylie Griffin, but the show is more adult than its family-friendly predecessor.
Now, there's something strange coming to Netflix. But what can we expect from the upcoming Ghostbusters animated series? Well, you don't need to call Netflix to find out everything there is to know about the project...
Ghostbusters Animated Series Title
There is currently no title for the upcoming Ghostbusters animated series, but we'll be sure to bring you any news relating to this project in the coming weeks and months, as more details are revealed.
Ghostbusters Animated Series Release Date
Unfortunately, there's currently no release date for the project, either, although given the announcement, we highly doubt that it's years off, and will more than likely arrive on Netflix some time during 2023. Earlier if we're lucky.
Ghostbusters Animated Series Cast
While no cast members have been announced, it's entirely possible that actors from the movies will return to lend their vocal talents, should their respective characters show up in the new animated series.
With the likes of Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykoyd both reprising their roles as Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz in the upcoming video game Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (2022), this is entirely possible.
We can only assume that the new animated series will be canon, which makes sense with Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman involved. So it's even possible that even the likes of McKenna Grace (Phoebe) will make a return.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which is currently available on DVD and Blu-Ray, stars McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Carrie Coon (Callie Spengler), Logan Kim (Podcast), Paul Rudd (Gary Grooberson), and Celeste O'Conner (Lucky).
Ghostbusters Animated Series Plot
Although a synopsis is yet to be confirmed, working out the premise for any Ghostbusters project isn't all that tricky, because the clue is really in the name. And we only need to look at past projects for an idea.
Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016), and Ghostbusters: Afterlife all revolve around the same basic principle - a team of people battling a rising supernatural force while they capture ghosts.
The same can be said about both animated shows The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters, and not to mention all the many video games as well as IDW Publishing's long-running Ghostbusters comic book series.
With all of that said, with Ghostbusters 4 recently confirmed by Sony, there's really no telling what any future Ghostbusters project will involve. But here's to hoping that the series will continue to take a break from the Big Apple.
Ghostbusters Animated Series Netflix
With the upcoming project being developed at Netflix, the streaming service is exactly where you can expect to find the Ghostbusters animated series when it eventually airs (although there's currently no word on a release window).
Ghostbusters Animated Series News
On Ghostbusters Day, June 8, 2022, Variety reported that it had been confirmed that a brand-new new Ghostbusters animated series is in development at Netflix, with Netflix and Ghost Corps, Inc. overseeing production.
The series will fall under Sony Pictures Animation, with Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan of Ghost Corps, Inc. serving as executive producers. Kenan also co-wrote Ghostbusters: Afterlife with Reitman.
The as yet untitled Ghostbusters project will be the third animated series in the Ghostbusters franchise, although it's not yet known whether or not the show will utilize traditional animation or computer animation.
Keep checking back in for any updates on the Ghostbusters animated series. With Ghostbusters Day now in the rear view, it's likely that more news will unfold in the coming weeks and months. Who ya gonna call? Epicstream!