Regular visitors to SciFiNow will know how we feel about Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters (we loved it), but the sad fact is that it didn’t make as much money as it needed to justify a sequel (Probably. Feel free to prove us wrong, Sony).
However, the original movie’s director Ivan Reitman is still very much invested in exploring the Ghostbusters universe, and he says that more movies are still on the way. He just doesn’t make it clear which ones.
While talking to io9 about the new Ghostbusters VR game, he confirmed that an animated Ghostbusters film was still in production and the hope is definitely for more live-action films.
“We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films,” Reitman said. “I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”
While he declined to give any details about the live-action films, Reitman did admit that the animated film was probably a little ways off.
“It depends on on how fast we can get it all together. It’s hard to make an animated film.” Truth.
There were rumblings that a “male” Ghostbusters movie was being developed along with Feig’s film, to potentially star males Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum, written by Drew Pearce and to possibly be directed by the Russo brothers. However, the Russos went off to Infinity War and Sony got firmly behind the film we got.
We’d love to see a sequel to Ghostbusters 2016. Now that the team has been established and they’ve got that fan service stuff out of the way, it would be great to see them launch into a story as a fully-formed unit. We’ll just have to wait and see what Reitman is cooking up, and he does seem to have mixed feelings about that film.
“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit,” he told io9. “But considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much, frankly, and that’s the real issue. I personally had other points of view in terms of where the film should go and it was kind of a continuous conversation with Paul [Feig] about that. But Paul was the filmmaker on this one and he’s a very talented director. I wanted to give him enough room to do the film he thought it should be.”
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