‘IDW’ To Merge Both ‘GhostBusters’ Movie Teams

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Remember when Paul Feig’s all-Female GhostBusters was reported as a sequel to the well-beloved 80’s original? Well thanks to IDW that is soon to become reality … sort of.

In an announcement via comicbook.com, comic book publisher IDW revealed plans to bring both GhostBusters movie teams together – for the first time – with ‘GhostBusters 101‘. The comic book series will see the original ghost-busting team of Venkman, Zeddemore, Stantz and Spengler cross the inter-dimensional stream with Holtzmann, Tolan, Yates and Gilbert, as both teams find their pocket universe inexplicably merged with the other.

In a brief description of the upcoming adventure released alongside IDW’s announcement. It gives an insight into what the original 80’s team has been up too since GhostBusters 2, with Venkman & Co going back to the classroom and teaching “the next generation of ‘busters” how to fight the paranormal:

“Shortly after the classic Ghostbusters decide to get back to their roots of teaching the next generation of ‘busters, an inter-dimensional mishap merges together their universe with that of the new crew of paranormal police. Now, with the fate of two dimensions in the balance (maybe more?!), can these distinctly different teams come together to repel the greatest supernatural challenge any of them have ever faced? They’re going to have to find a way if there’s any hope for survival. Prepare for mass hysteria of the dogs and cats living together variety, because this time everyone… ANSWERS THE CALL!”

IDW’s newest venture seems in line with Sony’s initiative to create a wider GhostBusters Universe which first came into the public consciousness back in early 2015 with the announcement of ‘Ghost Corps‘. A collective of creative minds – including the original films director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd – who are charged with overseeing the franchise expansion into new Films, TV and other merchandising opportunities.

On the new comic book series, Reitman acknowledged that he has “always wanted to meld the two worlds.” Expressing that “it would be great fun to see them all together for the first time and I think it’s important for the future that we bring it back into a single universe.

With Feigs GhostBusters failing to set box offices alight, it has been believed that a sequel to the Melissa McCarthyKristen WiigKate McKinnon and Leslie Jones reboot wouldn’t happen. With GhostBusters 101 going forward with using the likeness, names and characters from the 2016 flop, this all but confirms that fans of the new film will have to make do with the comic book coming in March next year as well as the animated TV series that is reportedly in the works.

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