With the new Ghostbusters movie ready to haunt theaters on July 15th, it was only a matter of time before a new animated television series was announced.
Sony is planning to release Ghostbuster: Ecto Force in 2018, and it will follow the adventures of a new generation of Ghostbusters in the year 2050.
There is very little else known about the series at the moment since it is still in the early stages of development, but the show will be lead by Ivan Reitman, the director of the original Ghostbusters movie (1984).
The Real Ghostbusters television series debuted in 1986, and followed the continuing adventures of Ray, Egon, Peter, Winston, Janine, Slimer and the rest of the gang. Why was it called The Real Ghostbusters? In 1975 there was a live-action television series called The Ghost Busters, that stared Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, and a guy in an ape suit. The bumbling trio would solve paranormal cases, often with “hilarious” results. With the success of Ghostbusters, it comes as no surprise that Filmation would resurrect the television series as an animated feature in 1986, and because of copyright, it forced Sony to retitle their show to The Real Ghostbusters.
The success of The Real Ghostbusters resulted in two additional Ghostbusters spin-off series – Slimer, in 1988 as part of the fourth season of The Real Ghostbusters, and Extreme Ghostbusters in 1997.
Will Ecto Force be a success? It will be interesting to see how Reitman guides the project, and what characters are part of the series. With the time period, it would be interesting if we were to see the ghosts of the original Real Ghostbusters appear in the series. One thing I really don’t want to see in the new show is a cutesy Slimer once again popping up as comic relief.