Vintage ‘Ghostbusters’ returns to screens with new short animated series

The original Ghostbusters may be featured in a new animated short from Amazon, but the new film is more in line with the spirit of the first installment.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which shows four newly discovered ghosts that turn into humans upon death, follows on the heels of the original while keeping the onetime team intact. The short was created by producer Ted Elliott and writer-director Ivan Reitman. Reitman told the press, “I was back working on Ghostbusters, which we hadn’t done in 25 years when I wrote a treatment that was such a good idea we decided to go ahead and make the whole thing.”

Netflix revealed earlier this year that it was planning a sequel to the 2016 movie, and the entertainment services’ concept of a generic title could offer something of a road map to an actual sequel. Netflix initially acquired the film rights to the 1984 film, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. Netflix has not said how that decision would play into the new film’s development or release. The film’s studio, Sony, declined to comment.

The short debuted on Thursday, and will be followed on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service on Feb. 8. For the uninitiated, Ghostbusters fans should look to the film’s first hour for a clear reminder of the film’s very intent, though the new film will revolve around the creation of a ghost-catching tool known as the Ecto-1.


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