It’s a great time to be a ghost Busters fan. Not only did he Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) finally hit theaters last November, it’s really, really good! Sure, it relies heavily on nostalgia to impress fans, but what blockbuster movie today doesn’t?
However, while reviews were mixed, that didn’t stop the film from raking in $204 million worldwide, which eventually led to a sequel being greenlit by Sony. Ghostbusters 4 (working title) announced on ghost Busters Day (June 8), but the news didn’t end there!
An upcoming cartoon ghost Busters A series was also announced, as well as an animated film ghost Busters film! We’re also told to expect a new limited edition comic from Dark Horse Comics, which is said to serve as a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife on her own.
Are you suddenly overwhelmed by this wave of paranormal activity? Don’t worry – we’ve got all the news in one place. Who will you call? No one, because here’s everything you need to know about everything to come ghost Busters movies, TV shows and more.
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Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed
Earlier this year, ghost Busters Fans were excited to hear the announcement of a brand new ghost Busters video game titled Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (2022). And that announcement came in the form of a trailer, which you can watch below:
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed it’s an “asymmetrical multiplayer” game, meaning you’ll be able to take control of a Ghostbuster the one of the ghosts! The game features Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd reprising their roles as Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz, respectively.
But this isn’t the first time the actors have starred in one ghost Busters game — the beloved Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009) features all four cast members, including Bill Murray (Peter Venkman) and Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler), as well as Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz).
While the 2009 game was previously considered canon, the events depicted somewhat contradict it Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Now, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed appears to be a sequel to the 2021 film, as it appears to continue after the post-credits scene in New York.
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed it will be released on all major consoles in “Q4”, so anytime between late September/early October to the end of the year. In the meantime, check out the official website for Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed.
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There is another ghost Busters game on the horizon, except this one will be much more “immersive” than Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed. Ghostbusters VR (TBA) is a virtual reality game that will be available to play on the Meta Quest 2 VR headset. Watch the official trailer below:
In an interview with IGNSenior Vice President of Virtual Reality for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Jake Zim, had this to say about the upcoming game:
“Our game is not about the afterlife. Not a sequel to Afterlife. It doesn’t delve directly into the stories. It’s a new story, it’s a new concept, but it ties in a lot of things that people loved about Afterlife and the wider world of Ghostbusters.”
Different Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed — and almost any other ghost Busters video game, for that matter – Ghostbusters VR takes place in San Francisco, where you’ll be based in a brand new Ghostbusters HQ.
You’ll have the iconic Ghostbusters gear and have the option to go it alone or team up with up to three friends in co-op in “campaign mode”. You can see the official website for Ghostbusters VR here.
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Fans have been waiting decades for a sequel Ghostbusters II (1989), but when Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016) hit theaters, the chances of a third entry in the original series seemed unlikely. But now, a few months after its release Ghostbusters: Afterlifeanother sequel is in the works.
While little is known about Ghostbusters 4 (codenamed Fire Department), we know it will be the “next chapter in the Spengler family story,” as we head back to New York. Whether or not this will see characters returned from Ghostbusters: Afterlife remains to be seen.
We can only hope that McKenna Grace, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Conner, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd reprise their roles as Phoebe, Podcast, Lucky, Trevor, Callie and Gary Grooberson in the new film. But we may also see characters from others ghost Busters movie theater.
With the concept of the “multiverse” becoming increasingly popular in cinema, it is likely that the new ghost Busters The sequel will feature characters from the widely hated ghost Busters restart. We’ll just have to wait and see on December 20, 2023, which is the official release date of the new movie.
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Untitled ghost Busters animation movie
ONE ghost Busters animation movie (TBA) has been in discussions for several years, with ghost Busters (1984) director Ivan Reitman, who recently passed away, was originally attached to the project. Now, as confirmed on ghost Busters Day, Jennifer Kluska and Chris Prynoski will co-direct.
During ghost Busters In celebration of the day, Jason Reitman described the project as featuring “all new characters” while being “a whole new take on [Ghostbusters] world.”
He also went on to say the following:
“This was my father’s passion project and it’s easy to see why. The world of the unknown can only be properly explored through the limitless scope of animation.”
Ivan Reitman, father of Jason and director of the two originals ghost Busters films, sadly passed away earlier this year. However, it is fair to say that his spirit and legacy will live on in all that is to come ghost Busters stories, especially with his son involved.
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Untitled ghost Busters cartoon series
It is unknown exactly when ghost Busters An animated film will be available, but we know that one without a title ghost Busters The animated series (TBA) will be handled by Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation, with Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan producing.
The show is described as “the next generation of ghost Busters animated television” that will “reach into the future” of an “unexplored era and decade ghost Busters canon” while introducing new characters and locations.
The upcoming project will be his third animated series ghost Busters universe, following The Real Ghostbusters (1986 — 1991) and Extreme Ghostbusters (1997). The original show followed on from the movies, while the ’90s sequel featured an all-new team.
The new series could feature that exists ghost Busters characters in some shape or form, but since it’s set in the future, it’s likely to revolve around a new team as a whole. Either way, hopefully some of the actors from the movies will lend their voice talents.
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Dark Horse comic
Last but not least, it was also announced on ghost Busters Day when a new comic book series is being prepared, this time to be published by Dark Horse Comics. Previously, IDW Publishing held the publishing rights ghost Busters for over 10 years.
IDW Publishing’s long-running “Ghostbusters” comic book series remains beloved by many ghost Busters fans. Although not considered canon, it follows the original two films while using its own multiverse to bring ghost Busters characters from other iterations.
The show has even hosted an epic crossover between the original Ghostbusters and the all-female team since 2016 ghost Busters restart. But long before the Paul Feig-directed film, the series was the first to feature female Ghostbusters.
As for the upcoming limited edition comic, it’s described as a “unique story” that will be “in canon, as part of the growing ghost Busters story that started way back in 1984″. The comic will be released “sometime late next year.”
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