Later this year, we're getting the first live-action entry in the Ghostbusters franchise since 1989, in the form of director Paul Feig's reboot led by the core team of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. That this reboot ever happened, particularly after years of efforts to unsuccessfully launch Ghostbusters III, is an achievement in itself, but Sony Pictures is already looking beyond.
In addition to continued whispers about another film with a male-led cast sometime in the future, Sony is also looking toward returning the Ghostbusters to another key part of their heritage: animation. Last fall, we heard the studio was developing an animated feature film starring some version of the team, and now that feature film has a key element that means it just might happen after all: a director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has tapped Fletcher Moules to helm the film, which will be produced by original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and overseen by a kind of story collective including Reitman and Dan Aykroyd. You might not know Moules' name at first glance, but you've almost certainly seen his work. As a commerical director, he helms the animated ads for the mobile game Clash of Clans and did creature work for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
There's no word yet on who might write or star in the film, or what team of Ghostbusters it would focus on, but this is yet another sign that Sony, which is also at work on a 21 Jump Street/Men In Black crossover flick, wants to be in the franchise business as much as possible to continue competing with rival studios who are increasingly developing the shared-universe model. It would seem, for the moment, that we're headed for a Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe.