ANN/THE STAR – Big news for Ghostbusters fans: the franchise is in development on an animated film, and the sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife is returning to the original films’ home of New York City.
The announcements come after Variety exclusively revealed recently that a Ghostbusters animated series is in the works at Netflix, produced by Jason Reitman and Kenan.
Several announcements were delivered by Sony Pictures and Ghost Corps’ Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan as part of Ghostbusters Day, the annual celebration of the first Ghostbusters film’s release on June 8, 1984. The new animated film is based on Ghosbusters IP and being developed by Jason Reitman and Kenan along with Sony Pictures Animation. Chris Prynoski and Jennifer Kluska (Hotel Transylvania: Transformania) are set to direct, with Brenda Hsueh (supervising producer, Disjointed) on board to write.
During the presentation, Jason Reitman and Kenan also confirmed that the sequel to 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife will return to New York City and the iconic Firehouse setting of the original films.
Other news includes the unveiling of Ivan Reitman Way on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, a virtual reality training simulator called Ghostbusters VR Academy and a Ghostbusters comic series by Dark Horse that will bridge the gap between Afterlife and the upcoming sequel.
Hasbro also revealed two Ivan Reitman figurines, one given to Ghost Corp to be displayed and the other donated to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to be auctioned off at a charity event.