Sony has announced that they’re prepping a male-centric Ghostbusters reboot as well as their previously announced all-female Ghostbusters movie led by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Deadline reports that this new film will be written by Iron Man 3‘s Drew Pearce with Captain America: The Winter Soldiers‘s Anthony and Joe Russo looking to direct. It will also be produced by Channing Tatum, who the studio understandably hopes will star.
This next new film is looking to go into production next year once the Russos finish Captain America: Civil War, with an eye on a 2017 release date. Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd have been brought on to shepherd Sony’s plans for a larger Ghostbusters universe. “We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment,” said Reitman.
“This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”
“My primary focus will be to build the Ghostbusters into the universe it always promised it might become. The original film is beloved, as is the cast, and we hope to create films we will continue to love.”
The use of the phrase “branded entertainment” is frankly not the best way to get us excited about a movie, but it’s also difficult to see this news as not undermining the Paul Feig version which seemed like an exciting and positive step. Even with the talent involved, it feels like a way to ensure that anyone too freaked out by the idea of women in Ghostbusters costumes will just have to wait a year for the dude version.
Badass Digest has investigated further beyond the Deadline release and is reporting that the film is “guy-centric” rather than “all-male” and that it came about from Tatum’s friendship with Chris Pratt, with the hopes that the incredibly busy star will join his friend in the movie to form the leading duo.
Their report says that it’s something that has been planned for a while as part of a larger Ghostbusters universe (because that’s what everyone is doing now), but it will take a lot for Sony to shift the idea that this a fail-safe measure that’s a slap in the face for the Wiig/McCarthy/Jones/McKinnon movie.
What do you think? Are you excited by the prospect of a Channing Tatum Ghostbusters? Or is this not the news you wanted to hear?
The untitled Ghostbusters movie is released on 22 July 2016. You can buy Ghostbusters 1&2 on Blu-ray for £8 at Amazon.co.uk.