– by Nick Doll

Ghostbusters certainly made a splash in 2016, whether it was the controversy surrounding the new female cast or its presence across all forms of media. Hell, they brought back canned Ecto Cooler! Unfortunately, the new film did not receive the same praise as the original and earned mixed reaction from fans and critics alike. The reboot also didn’t pull its weight at the Box Office, bringing the future of the franchise into question.

Most thought Ghostbusters (2016) was the end. Prior to release, Sony was attempting to mount a universe akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with sequels, spin-offs, and an animated film. They even started a new production company, Ghost Corps, with a fancy new logo that you would have seen if you actually went to the movie. So, is Ghostbusters dead until it inevitably gets remade in ten years?

Perhaps not. Ivan Reitman, director/co-creator of the two original Ghostbusters films and producer on the latest entry, had this update to offer io9 during their interview:

“We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”

So, the universe lives! To be busted another day.

Though Reitman offered no new details about live-action outings, he did tell io9 that hopefully we will be seeing the animated Ghostbusters film in 2019 or 2020:

“It depends on on how fast we can get it all together. It’s hard to make an animated film.”

Initially, when I saw Ghostbusters (2016), I neither hated, nor loved the film. I thought it was okay, saved by two of 2016’s funniest performances by Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth. After watching it a second time though, I have taken a liking to the film. You can even call me a fan! Though I’d never, ever say it was better than the original 1984 film, it did offer a more substantial reason for the sudden appearance of ghosts across New York City.

I would definitely watch a sequel with the new cast, though I would rather they not use Zuul, as teased after the credits. As far as spin-offs and animated entries though, I’m not sure I’m interested enough in the idea of a “Universe.” Not everything needs to be a Universe! Sometimes you just have to sequel or go home.

Are you down for sequels, spin-offs, and animated films that make up a Ghostbusters universe? Or was the latest Ghostbusters the last straw?

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