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Sony announces animated plans including a new Ghostbusters TV Series

June 22nd, 2016 by Marc Comments

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It seems that despite all the concerns for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, Sony are planning on doing more with the franchise in the next couple of years after all…

In fact, Sony’s animation division has a busy couple of years ahead on the whole (more on that in a minute or three).

Yes, we’re getting a new Ghostbusters animated series!


Ghostbusters: Ecto Force will be overseen by original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and will focus on a new team of Ghostbusters in the year 2050.


Yes, the series will be set in the future – 34 years in the future to be exact – and it is currently unknown if it will be related to the original Ghostbusters, the new Ghostbusters or the already established animated universe of The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters. Although we do know it’s part of the Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe as a whole

The new show is due in early 2018 and needless to day, we’ll keep you posted on news as it breaks.

In other Sony news, it seems that Puss in Boots director Bob Persichetti will helm the animated Spider-man movie (not related to the MCU) which is still rumoured to featue Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker in the mask and which is written by 21 Jump Street and The LEGO movie’s  Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. It is still set for December 21st, 2018.

The third Hotel Transylvania is set to once again be looked after by Genndy Tartakovsky. No release date is known yet.

“I thought I was done exploring the world of Hotel Transylvania after the first two films, but while I was away from the franchise finishing my TV show Samurai Jack, an idea sparked that I got really excited about and made it irresistible to return and helm myself this third adventure,” said Tartakovsky.

Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg are returning as Dracula, his vampire daughter Mavis and her human husband Johnny with the script written by Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ‘s Michael McCullers.

Kristine Belson, head of Sony Pictures Animation, said of the announcements: “We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively.”

But that’s not all. Another movie is Smurfs: The Lost Village, which will see Kelly Asbury directing for a release date of April 7, 2017th, and has Demi Lovato voicing Smurfette.

Also on the schedule is the awesome – cough, cough – sounding Emojimovie: Express Yourself which is set for August 2017 and naticity movie The Star about “a small but brave donkey and his animal friends [who] become the unsung heroes of the greatest story ever told, the first Christmas.” Lisa Henson and Brian Henson are executive producing.

So a busy time ahead for the animated folks at Sony then…

Let us know if you’re excited for any of these.


Source: Variety

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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….