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SDCC 2017: Ivan Reitman confirms animated and live-action Ghostbusters movies in the works

July 21st, 2017 by Marc Comments

Well, Ghostbusters had a big first night at SDCC.

Director of the first two movies (and producer of the third and head of Ghost Corp, the Ghostbusters think tank) Ivan Reitman appeared at SDCC this year to talk about the future of the franchise and he dropped some very cool bits of info.

He confirmed that there are currently two Ghostbusters movies in pre-production: a live-action one and an animated one.

He said that the aim is to have at least one of them out for the 35th anniversary of the first movie (that’ll be summer 2019).

As for the details? Well, the animated movie may be told from the perspective of a ghost rather than the Ghostbusters themselves – Reitman called this the Ghostworld. He said the aim would be to see who the Ghostbusters were from a Ghost’s point of view.

“I think we have wonderful plans, both for an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already and a really great story,” Reitman said.

“That’s going to surprise everybody, I think, when it comes out. And we’re dealing with Ghost World quite a lot. We’re looking at the film from a ghost point-of-view, and the Ghostbusters from a ghost point-of-view. I think that would be something very interesting for you. And of course a new live-action film.”

He hinted that, while it wouldn’t be as prominent as Slimer in the Real Ghostbusters cartoon, he did see the possibility of a ghost joining the team. Hmmmmmm…

It also seems that he’s looking to return to the timeline of the original two movies, as well as the 2016 reboot. He still hopes that there is a way to bring the two universes together (like this?).

Also, according to our friends over at GB Inc: “Ivan just said they’re thinking about giving a new GB film a little Rogue One treatment for certain characters.

“”Hint!” He said, “Bringing back Ramis? De-aging characters we’re not sure…”

While they are only guessing, we reckon he could only mean bringing back Harold Ramis’ Egon in the future movie – so CGI (a nod to Tarkin in Rogue One) would be the only way to do this. Hopefully it will be flashback and not Egon’s ghost or something like that.

So there you have it; despite the reception of the 2016 movie, the Ghostbusters franchise is still alive and very well.

What say you all? Are you excited for more GB movies? Let us know your thoughts….

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….