A new Ghostbusters animated series is being developed at Netflix in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation and Ghostbusters: Afterlife duo Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan.

Reitman and Kenan of Ghost Corps, Inc. will executive produce the Ghostbusters animated series, having recently collaborated on the script for last year’s live-action feature Ghostbusters: Afterlife, for which Reitman also served as director. However, plot details for the new animated series are being kept securely locked away in the Ghost Trap for now.

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News of the Ghostbusters animated series arrives on June 8, otherwise known as Ghostbusters Day, an annual event that celebrates the anniversary of the release date of the original film in 1984. The announcement also kicks off Day 3 of Netflix’s Geeked Week, which is shining a spotlight on the streaming service’s growing roster of animated projects.

The Ghostbusters phenomenon began in 1984 with the first film, which was directed by Ivan Reitman. In the years since, the franchise has expanded faster than a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, having spawned various sequels and reboots as well as multiple merchandising tie-ins and animated series’ such as The Real Ghostbusters, followed by Extreme Ghostbusters.

Jason Reitman’s decades-later legacy sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which continued the Ghostbusters lore from his father’s mega-hits Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, was released last year. The movie starred Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace, with appearances from ‘Buster originals Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and more.

The film has a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 45 score on Metacritic. We were on the higher end in our Ghostbusters: Afterlife review, giving it a 9/10 in recognition of it being “a delightfully lovely movie that will satisfy those who grew up with Ramis, Hudson, Murray, and Aykroyd” while also making “youngsters fall just as in love with the new generation.”

The Ghostbusters universe will expand further with a Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel, as well as the newly-announced animated series. Reitman and Kenan are expected to reveal more about what audiences can expect from the future of the Ghostbusters franchise throughout today, and we’re also keeping a rundown of Everything Announced at Netflix’s Geeked Week.

Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.


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