Is Sony planning a feature length Ghostbusters Animated Movie? TrackingBoard sure seems to think so. This would be the third in a series of new films under the Ghostbusters franchise title, and it's seen as a companion to the other two live-action horror comedies that Sony currently has planned. The 2016 Ghostbusters, which is directed by Paul Feig and stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy has already wrapped. A second new Ghostbusters movie is rumored to star Channing Tatum, though everyone said to be involved has denied its existence.

It is said that the Ghostbusters Animated Movie is being produced by Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman through their Montecito Picture Company, with Ali Bell and Kristine Belson overseeing for Sony Pictures Animation. The movie will closely follow the story of the 1984 original Ghostbusters. It will bring 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.

Fans haven't particularly taken to Sony's plans for the Ghostbusters franchise thus far. And there was a quite vocal outcry when it was announced the first movie in almost thirty years would feature an all-female cast. The studio decided to move forward on a more male-specific version of the franchise, hoping to ease some of the tension. It was said to be the first project in a new subsidiary of Sony labeled Ghost Corps. The team is headed up by original star and creator of the series Dan Aykroyd and original director Ivan Reitman.

RELATED: Ghostbusters: Afterlife Poster and Photos Arrive, Trailer Coming Monday

While the next two live-action Ghostbusters are said to be very scary and filled with adult humor, this Ghostbusters Animated Movie is said to be aimed at a younger audience. The hope is to get kids unfamiliar with the property interested in the new Ghostbusters reboots. The first movie is looked at as more nostalgic than anything else, and it might turn teens and younger kids away. Even though the original films were all-encompassing and made for a wide PG rated audience.

Sony is said to be targeting a younger demographic in order to pave the way for a new generation of hardcore fans. And the long-term game plan is, these fans will grow up and yearn for their own reboots and spinoffs decades into the future. These same audiences will also become more interested in the existing movies as they grow older. Sony doesn't have too many lucrative franchises to pull from. Pixels was meant to set up a new series for the studio this summer, but it bombed in the states. Head of Sony studios Tom Rothman previously stated this about the franchise.

"It's just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies."

The Channing Tatum lead Ghostbusters, known as Ghostbusters 4, has never been officially confirmed by the studio. And it isn't known when that will happen. Perhaps a big announcement is happening soon. If everything falls into place, the all-female Ghostbusters will open next summer, followed by Ghostbusters 4 in 2017, and the Ghostbusters Animated Movie. Right now, none of this has been confirmed by anyone associated with the movies or anyone at Sony. What do you think? Do you want to see a Ghostbusters Animated Movie?

B. Alan Orange at Movieweb
B. Alan Orange