On day one of San Diego Comic-Con, creators from across the Ghostbusters franchise came together to talk about the present and future of the popular sci-fi property. After the 2016 film reboot fizzled at the box office, some fans were concerned it would be going away for an extended period.
Thanks to IDW, that has not been the case. With Ghostbusters 101, which launched this spring, the casts of the original films and the reboot were brought together, something producer Ivan Reitman said was a direct response to fan requests.
"It was clear a lot of people weren’t happy the original Ghostbusters world wasn’t included in the new one," Reitman said at the panel. That led to 101, where the new generation of Ghostbusters got to learn directly from the originals. "I love seeing [writer Erik Burnham's take on] Kate McKinnon's character's interactions with Spangler. It's very rich, and has given me lots of ideas for a new film."
Yes, it sounds like Reitman is still thinking about a sequel featuring the female cast, but IDW is also keeping the torch lit with a follow-up series called Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. The new series, from writer Kelly Thompson and artist Corin Howell, has the new team back on their own in their own universe, but now armed with what they've learned from Egon, Ray, and the rest. The series launches in October.
IDW also has a second TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover series running through November, from Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham, and drawn by Dan Schoenig. A new line of Playmates figures that feature the Turtles dressed as the original Ghostbusters will release in Target stores in October, with Michelangelo as Venkman, Donatello as Spengler, Raphael as Zedesmore, and Leonardo as Stantz.
New Ghostbusters VR experiences and games are planned, including one releasing for PSVR in October.
As for the future of the film franchise, Reitman seemed certain that more Ghostbusters would be on the way, including "great plans for an animated feature" from the point of view of the ghosts as well as, "of course, a new live-action film." When could that happen? Reitman hinted that 2019 is when fans should expect some more fun.
"[We have] big plans for the 35th anniversary," Reitman hinted, which lands in just two years. He said they may be trying to "tie in a new film with that date," making his intentions known. It's clear: Reitman ain't afraid of no major teases.
Additional reporting by Lucas Siegel.