In recent years, Sony has been moving to expanding a number of their established franchises into the realm of animated feature films. Perhaps most prominent among these is a still untitled Spider-Man project (which, uniquely for that franchise, is set to showcase the Miles Morales iteration of the web slinger). However, Sony’s animated slate also includes a ‘Ghostbusters’ project.
Though it has so far been developing largely off the radar, the animated ‘Ghostbusters’ was first announced in late 2015. This represents another step in Sony’s drive to re-invogorate the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise, nearly thirty years after the release of ‘Ghostbusters II’ (the last of the original films) and a full twenty after the premiere of ‘Extreme Ghostbusters’ (the last animated effort). Perhaps more significantly, it will also mark the first entry in the franchise release to follow 2016’s remake of the original film. That project, of course, was dogged by controversy throughout its development and release, though reviews generally ranged from mixed to positive.
As for the animated feature, little has been publicly announced thus far. What we do know is that it will be helmed by director Fletcher Moules and that it has been described as an attempt to recapture the spirit (pun very much intended) of the now-classic animated series ‘The Real Ghostbusters’. That’s about all that we know for sure, as the studio hasn’t even announced a release window for the project.
Now, though, reports are surfacing that suggest the film may be bringing something more to the franchise than just another reboot. Specifically, the word is that the film (or at least parts of it) may be told from the perspective of a ghost. While this idea would certainly mark a radical departure from past ‘Ghostbusters’ outings, it is nonetheless an approach that is uniquely suited to animation. Indeed, as unorthodox as it might be, it would open up any number of possibilities for both the narrative and visual sides of the project.
What do you think of telling a ‘Ghostbusters’ story from the ghost’s point of view? Are you excited by the possibilities or is this approach just too “out there”? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check back with ScienceFiction.com for more on the animated ‘Ghostbusters’ film as it becomes available!