Many fans have voiced their uncertainty surrounding the all-female Ghostbusters film being helmed by Paul Feig. But, it looks as though Sony has heard the fans and is planning on expanding the franchise with a male-driven action-centric comedy that will serve as a counterpart to Feig's film.
Sony has now formed Ghostcorps, a new production company headed by original Ghostbusters architects Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd; they will have offices at Sony with the mission to scare up branding opportunities based on the 1984 comedy classic.
The new film will be helmed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) with Channing Tatum and his partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan attached to produce. The script is being penned by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3).
Plans are for Tatum to possibly star as one of the main characters in the all-male Ghostbusters film.
Ivan Reitman has confirmed that the project has been one both he and Dan Aykroyd have been planning for some time.
“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,” Reitman told Deadline. “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 project is in the early stages of development and the Russo brothers are currently preparing their next Captain America movie, Civil War. There is also talk of the brothers taking over for Joss Whedon on the next two Avengers movies.
But, Reitman is not worried. “Sometimes things happen at the speed they are supposed to happen,” he said. “The deals were so strong on that second movie that the franchise became frozen in place 25 years. Nothing got done, we all had the power to block whatever we didn’t like, but we finally got together and found a way.”
This certainly exciting news for fans who've been waiting for further entries in the popular franchise.
We'll be sure to keep our fans informed as more details arise.
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