'Ghostbusters' Animated Movie in the Works

Dan Aykroyd's 'Ghostbusters' Hearse
<p>The 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance dubbed &quot;Ecto-1&quot; in 1984&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Ghostbusters&nbsp;</em>has a tank for captured ghosts on top -- perhaps including <strong>Dan </strong><strong>Aykroyd&#39;</strong>s&nbsp;great-grandpa Sam, whose real book on ghosts inspired the film, and <strong>John Belushi</strong>, who was supposed to costar but died and inspired a plump, green, slimy ghost character.</p>
Paul Feig's live-action reboot is hitting theaters July 15, 2016.

The next step in Sony’s growing Ghostbusters universe could be an animated feature film.

Internal discussions are underway at Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation to spawn a feature based on the quirky paranormal-fighting parapsychologists that originated with the 1984 movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

No writers are on board, but it is expected that Ivan Reitman, co-creator of Ghostbusters and one of the stewards of the franchise, would act as one of the producers.

SPA had no comment.

Sony recently wrapped production on its female-centric reboot of the franchise that Paul Feig is directing. Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are among those starring in the movie that will open July 15, 2016.

Earlier this year, the studio created the Ghost Corps, a collective with Reitman and Dan Aykroyd to head up the expansion of the franchise and to create a Ghostbusters cinematic universe. Sony is one of the few studios that does not have a mega-franchise known as a cinematic universe that can see the making of sequels, prequels, spin-offs, standalones and whatever else execs can think of.

The studio is already in development on a movie that would potentially star Channing Tatum with Joe and Anthony Russo, the duo behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, to produce and direct it.

Ghostbusters was previously translated to the animated form via a popular television series from DiC Enterprises that ran from 1986 to 1991.