The new Ghostbusters film opening next month isn't just a single movie. It's potentially the start of a whole new era for the franchise. And we now know the next project in that world, as Sony has announced a brand new animated Ghostbusters TV show to begin airing in 2018. The Real Ghostbusters (above) will now get a sibling as a new Ghostbusters animated show has been announced.
The show will be called Ghostbusters: Echo Force and, well, here's the info from the press release:
A brand new animated television series, GHOSTBUSTERS: ECTO FORCE, will further expand the Ghostbusters cinematic universe and focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters in the year 2050 who capture ghosts around the world with help from local teams — and some very cool gear! The younger-skewing Sony Pictures Animation project is being creatively spearheaded by Ivan Reitman and his production company Ghost Corps. GHOSTBUSTERS: ECTO FORCE is eyeing an early 2018 debut.
That write up is a bit confusing. We get that this show will take place in the future with a new team of Ghostbusters. But saying it will "further expand the Ghostbusters cinematic universe" is odd. Because this isn't a "cinematic" show. It's a TV show. What it suggests is that this show will simply be in the same canon as the Paul Feig film. That's pretty much why Ivan Reitman's Ghost Corps production company exists now anyway: To create a unified series of projects in all mediums for the Ghostbusters.
And, of course, this isn't the first time Ghostbusters was an animated series. The Real Ghostbusters aired in the late 1980s after the release of Ghostbusters 2.