Sony planning new, futuristic animated Ghostbusters TV series for 2018

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Jun 21, 2016, 9:19 AM EDT

While Paul Feig's Ghostbusters feature film looms on the horizon, ready to slay the naysayers and convince new converts, another Ghostbusters project, this time utilizing animation, has just been announced by Sony that will catapult the proton-packed team far into the future.

Titled Ghostbusters: Ecto Force, it sounds like the animated series will have an international flair with opportunities for other spook-busting crews to sport some fresh phantom-catching tack and gadgets. With original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 director Ivan Reitman on board, this is a paranormal project that could help support the feature film end of the franchise moving forward by broadening its appeal.

Here's the official synopsis from Sony:

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.

Of course, this isn't the first time Ghostbusters has been given the toon treatment. An animated series called The Real Ghostbusters (due to a legal issue over the Ghostbusters name with animation studio Filmation) premiered on ABC in 1986 following the release of Ghostbusters and ran for seven seasons before being canceled in 1991.  

Why an animated revival hasn't happened in 25 years is a mystery, but this latest expansion endeavor for more Ghostbustering adventures should be welcomed by fans of the original films and those who grew up with the Saturday morning cartoons.

Does this new Ghostbusters: Ecto Force sound like a cool concept, or are you suffering from ectoplasmic fatigue?

(Via io9)