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So Much Ghostbusters: Animated Movie, Netflix Cartoon and 'Afterlife' Sequel in the Works

The movie will feature yet more new characters, while Afterlife writers Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan are working on both a sequel and an animated series.

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A teenage girl enjoys firing a Ghostbusters proton pack blaster

Afterlife's stars will return.

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We hope you ain't afraid of no ghosts, because there are a ton of new Ghostbusters projects coming your way. Not only is there a live-action sequel to 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife, there's a Netflix cartoon series and a Sony animated movie featuring yet more all-new characters.

The various announcements came on June 8, the anniversary of the original film's release in 1984 -- so of course it's been named Ghostbusters Day. Although we don't know anything about the film's new take on the franchise, it will be directed by Jennifer Kluska (director of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania) and Chris Prynoski (a producer on Big Mouth, Star Trek: Lower Decks, The Legend of Vox Machina and The Boys: Diabolical). It's being written by Brenda Hsueh, a writer and producer on How I Met Your Mother, Mr. Corman and Melissa & Joey. 

This week is also Netflix's Geeked Week of teasers and announcements, and the streaming service revealed a new Ghostbusters animated series being developed by Afterlife writers Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan.

Those busy chaps are also working on a live-action Afterlife sequel under the working title Firehouse, which moves the action to New York. Afterlife starred McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd alongside original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson (with a CG version of the late Harold Ramis). 

This isn't the first time Ghostbusters has received the animated treatment. When the original film dropped in 1984, it spawned The Real Ghostbusters, a cartoon spinoff featuring the famous foursome of Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore. Slimer and Janine also had starring roles in the series, which ran from 1986 to 1991 and was followed by Extreme Ghostbusters in 1997. Though these popular series skewed toward kids, there's no word on whether the Netflix version will be family-friendly or for an older audience.

Also Wednesday, Sony also announced a new virtual reality game -- Ghostbusters VR Academy -- which will be available at 400 locations around the world later this year. An in-home game, which is going by the working title Ghostbusters VR, will also be coming its upcoming PlayStation VR 2.

The late Ivan Reitman directed the first two Ghostbusters films and passed the baton to his son for Ghostbusters: Afterlife while serving as a producer. Jason Reitman is keeping the stories alive and posted a thank you message Wednesday to fans for their support and to tell everyone, "Happy Ghostbusters Day." 

With a Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel in the works, the Netflix show and the VR games, fans will see the revived franchise expand even more. 

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