HOLLYWOOD (Just Laugh) – Hot on the tail of Sony Pictures announcing a second modern sequel to the Ghostbusters franchise that will serve a traditional male cast starring Channing Tatum alongside the recently announced female-casted movie directed by Paul Feig, Sony continues to raise the franchise from the dead with an all-new cartoon series aimed exclusively at children that’s set to star a cast of lovable, talking animals.
“You know, we all loved the original Ghostbusters cast,” explained original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, “and I have no doubt that we’re going to fall in love with the new female cast that Paul [Feig] is putting together as well, but when I talked with Dan [Aykroyd] about this, and the folks from Sony … we just know that we can do so, so, so much more…”
“The 1980s may have felt like the decade of the Ghostbusters at the time, but here we are some 30 years later and now it’s time to show everybody what bustin’ is really all about!”
The children’s animated series, set to debut in 2016 to coincide with the upcoming female-casted movie, has already been confirmed for two 24-episode seasons, though the network to feature the show is still under tight wraps. Rumor has it that Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid, After Earth) and Selena Gomez (Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place) are being considered for the lead voices of Leo Lion and Stacey Elephant, with original Ghostbuster creator and star Dan Aykroyd also expected to be featured in the occasional cameo.
Also confirmed by Sony to be in active development at this time are a Broadway re-enactment of the ghostbusting classic as told through the magic of puppetry, a serial thriller that sees the Ghostbusters butting heads with the NYPD homicide division on a weekly basis, as well as a bizarro world depiction that reverses the roles of ghost and ghostbuster to see everyone’s favorite haunts like Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man hunting humans for an unexpected change.