Rather than go the sequel route with the long in-development Ghostbusters 3, this year's new Ghostbusters movie opted to go the remake route. This means it exists in a separate universe and has no ties to the original series other than basic concepts and cameos from folks who looked awfully similar to the main cast from the first two Ghostbusters movies. Well, it turns out that just because these teams don't live in the same universe doesn't mean they can't cross paths, which is exactly what we'll happen next year in a new comic book series.
It was announced on Nerdist today that next year, IDW Comics will publish Ghostbusters 101, a new series (written by Erik Burham and illustrated by Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado) that will see Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann and Patty Tolan teaming up with Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore. According to the official IDW description, this inter-dimensional crossover will begin when students of the original Ghostbusters accidentally trigger a chain of events resulting in these realities merging. In order to put things right, the two teams will need to join forces. Here's the first piece artwork released for the crossover event.
Although this marks the first instance of the main two Ghostbusters teams working together, it won't be the first time the original Ghostbusters have crossed over with another property in comics, as they've previously shared page space with The X-Files and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sadly, since Harold Ramis passed away in 2014, we can never see a complete Ghostbusters crossover unfold on the big screen. Fortunately, comic books have proved to be an excellent medium with all kinds of unusual crossovers, ranging from Green Lantern and Planet of the Apes to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Aliens. So while it would have been great to see the new ladies hunt down supernatural threats with their male predecessors in a movie, it's nonetheless cool that this team-up will occur on the printed page. The announcement indicates that Ghostbusters 101 will be a limited series, but depending on its sales and receptions, it could lay the groundwork for future crossovers between the two teams.
Ghostbusters 101 will kick off digitally and in comic book shops on March 22, 2017. As for the cinematic series, Ghostbusters 2 is reportedly still being considered and an animated move is in the works. There is also an animated TV series called Ghostbusters: Ecto Force that is expected to premiere in 2018. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the biggest updates surrounding the franchise.