A real Ghostbusters writer tells Ghostbusters: The Frozen Empire that it's never been out of touch

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is said to be inspired by The Real Ghostbusters animated series.

However, writer J. Michael Straczynski accused the production of not contacting him, although he created some creepy monsters.

„Trying to remember who created and/or created some of those 'weird-f*ck villains,'” he quipped. Twitter. „Pretty sure he would have helped if they had approached him… can't remember the name…”

According to Empire magazineThe upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel is inspired by the Ghostbusters cartoon that debuted in 1986.

The show continued the adventures of the classic Ghostbusters: Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stands, Winston Jedmore, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot Slimer.

However, it introduced a whole bunch of interesting new ghosts and demons. Director Gil Kenan said the upcoming film is inspired by the show's „wild, original and weird-f**k villains.” Those villains include Drool the Dog Faced Goblin, as well as the alternate universe Peoplebusters.

„We wanted to bring the looseness and fearlessness of that show into this movie,” Kenan added. „I think people will be surprised by how big this film is.”

Whether or not any of Straczynski's villains will make it to the big screen remains to be seen, but the writer penned several episodes of the classic '80s cartoon. Straczynski, best known as the creator of the sci-fi TV series Babylon 5, said the movie wasn't forthcoming, and when asked if he wasn't available at the time, he quipped: „Trying to remember… No, not really. … Of course I did laundry at some point. Did… Yes, maybe that's the problem.

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IGN's Ghostbusters: Afterlife review gave it a 9/10 and said: “Director Jason Reitman does his father and fans proud with a fun, sweet, and scary family movie that proudly takes on the legacy of Ghostbusters while also introducing something exciting and new. It helps that McKenna Grace is a once-in-a-generation talent: charming, genuine, and the beating heart of this already heartfelt film. Get ready to fall in love with Ghostbusters all over again.

Want to read more about Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire? Watch the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire and find out when the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel hits theaters.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.

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