Back in October, we reported that Sony Pictures is developing a Ghostbusters Animated Movie, to compliment this summer’s Ghostbusters reboot and the long-rumored Ghostbusters 4, which is developing for Channing Tatum. Today, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the studio has found a director for the animated movie, with Fletcher Moules coming aboard. This would mark his feature film debut, but you may have seen his work before.
Fletcher Moules is best known for the animated Clash of Clans, which promote the hit mobile game. Before he turned to animation, he worked in the props department on The Matrix and Red Planet, and served in the creature department on Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. He also worked as the art director on the 2011 animated movie Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace.
As for the Ghostbusters Animated Movie, no story details have been given. Our report from October claims it will closely follow the story of the 1984 original Ghostbusters. The sci-fi/horror comedy adventure will reportedly centers a team of scientists together in Manhattan who develop new technology used for capturing and containing ghosts. They must save the city when a supernatural entity threatens to wipe out mankind.
The project doesn’t have a screenwriter attached as of yet, so it isn’t known if those story details are confirmed or not. Ivan Reitman, who directed the original Ghostbusters, is on board to produce the animated movie. The Ghostbusters franchise has previously taken animated form with the 1986 TV series The Real Ghost Busters. The show ran for seven seasons between 1986 and 1991, which continued the adventures of Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddmore and the beloved ghost Slimer.
Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd also head up what Sony is calling the “Ghost Corps,” a collective which is generating ideas to create a comprehensive Ghostbusters cinematic universe. While the Ghostbusters 4 project with Channing Tatum is still in early stages of development, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are set to produce. What do you think about these new developments?