Animation Buzz: 'Ghostbusters' TV Series, Plus: 'Spider-Man' and the 'Emoji' Movie

Animation Buzz: 'Ghostbusters' TV Series, Plus: 'Spider-Man' and the 'Emoji' Movie

Jun 21, 2016

The Real Ghostbusters

The upcoming big-screen version of Ghostbusters has been stirring conversations for months. Will it score big at the box office? Will it flop? Whatever happens, we will have more Ghostbusters to watch.

That's because Sony Pictures will be producing a small-screen version, according to Variety. The television series will be titled Ghostbusters: Ecto Force and will be produced under the oversight of Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 movie. The show will be set in the year 2050 and, as might be expected, will revolve around a new group of characters. It's aiming to be ready for broadcast in early 2018.

The Real Ghostbusters was the first animated series based on the 1984 movie. The show ran from 1986 to 1991.


Last year, we heard that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) would be writing a treatment for and producing an animated Spider-Man movie. Soon thereafter, the duo nabbed the job of directing a Star Wars spin-off movie revolving around young Han Solo so, perhaps needless to say, they've been busy.

Spider-Man (1967)

Now we hear that a new director for the animated project has been set. Bob Persichetti, who has considerable experience in the animation field, will make his directorial debut. Lord has completed the screenplay and he and Miller will serve as producers on the project. No official synopsis has been releaed, but Collider reports that Marvel's character Miles Morales may star as Spider-Man, not Peter Parker. The movie is slated to open in theaters on December 21, 2018.


Emojimovie: Enjoy Yourself

Last year we also heard about a movie in development that would star emoji,  the small digital images or figures often used in social media communications. We've now received just a little bit more information, including a logo (above), a title -- Emojimovie: Express Yourself -- and a brief description of the story: "a surprising and comic take on the secret world of our phones and the beloved characters that have become daily necessities in global interpersonal communication."

Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis have written the screenplay and Leondis is directing. Leondis is an animation veteran whose credits include the 2008 family comedy Igor. Look for the movie in theaters in August 2017.

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