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Director talks upcoming Ghostbusters animated movie and its connection to the franchise

December 31st, 2022 by Marc Comments

We’ve known since Ghostbusters Day 2022 in June (here) that a new Ghostbusters animated movie was on the way.

At the time we learned that the movie will be helmed by Jennifer Kluska and Chris Prynoski and written by Brenda Hsueh and, according to Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan, it will feature a new team and will be “a whole new take”.

Now, we finally have some new cool details about the movie and what we can expect.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania director Jennifer Kluska says that due to its medium, the movie will be larger and stranger than the live-action movies can go and that her initial introduction to the franchise was through the 80s animated series The Real Ghostbusters.

Netflix developing new Ghostbusters animated series

“It feels sort of very right and fitting to come back to Ghostbusters in an animated form,” she says.

“It feels like so many Ghostbusters fans come from that space as well. And that gives you this bigger, weirder stage to play upon. And I think we want to obviously do something very new and different, as we always do but we know that there are so many Ghostbusters fans who just are waiting to see this franchise animated again.”

She says that the series, to be produced by Ghostbusters: Afterlife writers Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan, will be very different but ultimately will connect to the franchise overall: “By design, this is going to be different. I think all of the films that Sony does are very consciously stylistically and tonally different and more and more also visually. The technology and the artistry pushes the medium and we are going to be looking for our own approach that’s going to be a very specific link to the Ghostbusters franchise, to the world of supernatural and to the telling of ghost stories.”

Listen to our interview with Ghostbusters: Answer the Call director Paul Feig:

Listen to “The Following The Nerd Live Show II: The Paul Feig Interview” on Spreaker.

Listening to Kluska talk, it makes me wonder if this will be the animated movie that was planned back in 2017 when Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters was the big news of the day. At that time, Ivan Reitman, director of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II talked about an animated movie that would tell the story from the perspective of the ghosts and how they see the Ghostbusters: “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 at SDCC2017.

“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.”

I’d be very excited to see a movie from the ghosts’ point-of-view because seeing the world of the supernatural afraid of the Ghostbusters, having them as the boogiemen, would be a very interesting concept… do ghosts fear the boys and girls in grey? You better believe they do!

Watch our interview with Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson:

Source: The Wrap

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….