In a lengthy feature piece looking back at two decades of Sony Pictures Animation, The Wrap has managed to score updates on several projects coming from the studio over the next few years – including a new “Ghostbusters” animated film.
Co-director Jennifer Kluska (“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania”) says the highly-anticipated project is able to go larger and stranger in animated form than the live-action films.
She explains her introduction to the franchise came via the animated form with the beloved “The Real Ghostbusters” series in the late 1980s. The new film, which is currently untitled, will be co-directed by Chris Prynoski and produced by Sony Pictures Animation.
Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan will produce the film and Kluska, speaking with the outlet, talked about pent-up excitement for another “Ghostbusters” adventure outside the live-action realm:
“It feels sort of very right and fitting to come back to Ghostbusters in an animated form. It feels like so many Ghostbusters fans come from that space as well. And that gives you this bigger, weirder stage to play upon. And I think we want to obviously do something very new and different, as we always do but we know that there are so many Ghostbusters fans who just are waiting to see this franchise animated again.”
Kluska also says the new film’s approach will offer a visual style and tone that’s connected to the franchise overall:
“By design this is going to be different. I think all of the films that Sony does are very consciously stylistically and tonally different and more and more also visually. The technology and the artistry pushes the medium and we are going to be looking for our own approach that’s going to be a very specific link to the Ghostbusters franchise, to the world of supernatural and to the telling of ghost stories.”
The project is different to the announced “Ghostbusters” animated series for Netflix, but both projects will involve Reitman and Kenan as producers.