When there's something animated coming to your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? This "spectacular" artist!
There's a lot going on in the world of Ghostbusters this year. While the sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) is still the best part of a year away, there are a number of other projects on the horizon, including a Ghostbusters animated series and a Ghostbusters animated film, both of which are headed to Netflix. But it looks like Ghostbusters has already made an early return to animation.
Ghostbusters is no stranger to the world of animation. Though the franchise started life as the live-action 1984 film of the same name directed by the late Ivan Reitman, the animated show The Real Ghostbusters (1984) helped to push the IP into the mainstream, before Ghostbusters II (1989) even hit theaters. So it's really no surprise that the franchise is now returning to animation.
Now, artist Sean Galloway, who's best known for his work on The Spectacular Spider-Man, has shared his own interpretation of the "Real Ghostbusters", giving them a modern makeover. While this is in no way an official update, it does give us an idea as to what we might expect from the upcoming Ghostbusters animated projects, whether it's the film or the series.
The talented artist recently tweeted his very own concept art heavily inspired by The Real Ghostbusters, but with his own style. You can check out the images right here.
It remains to be seen what sort of animation will be applied to the upcoming projects - will they be cartoon-style or 3D-animated? - it's always fascinating to see how the animated Ghostbusters would look if they got the modern makeover. This isn't the first time the Ghostbusters have been given such a treatment, though, as there's some great 3D concept art from many years back.
In 2011, artist Fabrizio Fioretti gave them a Pixar-style makeover, creating the possibility that Ghostbusters could be interpreted by Disney (although the truth is no one really wants that, as the franchise would descend into totally family-friendly territory, thereby removing the edge that has helped to make it so popular with audiences over the decades).
Nevertheless, you can check out these incredible designs right here.
So, what will the Ghostbusters animated film and series look like? Well, only time will tell, but at present there's no release date for either project. Ghostbusters 4 (2023), on the other hand, will be released in theaters on December 20, this year.
The virtual reality game Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord (2023) is also expected some time this year.
As per the Ghostbusters/Sony Pictures website, here's the synopsis for Ghostbusters: Afterlife:
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars McKenna Grace (Phoebe), Logan Kim (Podcast), Celeste O'Connor (Lucky), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Carrie Coon (Callie), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett), Paul Rudd (Gary Grooberson), Olivia Wilde (Gozer the Gozerian), JK Simmons (Ivo Shandor), Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Ray Stantz), and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore).