With Transformers 5 and the Ghostbusters reboot both heading into theaters with the intention of expanding into a "cinematic universe" it seems there are few multi-million dollar properties that Hollywood isn't eyeing for a chance to duplicate the success Marvel and Disney have had with their superhero movies.
Universal's MCU: The Monster Cinematic Universe
Universal Pictures, who owns the rights to the classic monster lineup of The Mummy, Dracula and Frankenstein, among others, are planning their own Monster Cinematic Universe as well under the guidance of Star Trek reboot scribe Alex Kurtzman. After the non-starters of I, Frankenstein and Dracula Untold - Universal is hoping to reboot The Mummy with the intention of expanding on this world with future monster movies.
Kurtman and his former writing partner Robert Orci, who has branched off to reboot the Power Rangers, were once the braintrust behind the Transformers franchise - which has recently announced their intentions to expand, with more sequels and spin-offs beyond Transformers 5, into something resembling a cinematic universe. For this, Paramount has put Oscar wining writer Akiva Goldsmith (also of Batman & Robin infamy) in charge of plotting their course.
The Transformers 5 Expansion Pack
The rumors about the Transformers cinematic universe are filled with questions - as to whether or not Transformers 5 will pick up where Transformers: Age of Extinction left off, if director Michael Bay will return or whether Goldsmith and his team of writers are starting on a new storyline that will allow for the long ranging expansion of the Transformers franchise. With Bay heading into some more serious territory by getting behind the camera for the Benghazi drama 13 Hours, it seems unlikely that he'll be directing [Transformers 5](movie:1325503) in time for it's 2016 release.
The world of the Autobots and Decepticons has received a fair amount of explanation that there seems to be any infinite number of way to go from here. Less is known about how this new Ghostbusters shared universe is planning on launching into a multi-movie franchise. Originally thought to be an all-female reboot - it wasn't long after the official character descriptions came out that Sony launched Ghostcorps and made its cinematic universe intentions clear.
Ghostbusters Channing Tatum & Chris Pratt
Ghostcorps is run by original Ghostbusters Dan Ackroyd and Ivan Reitman who were working with Captain America: Civil War directors the Russo Brothers and Channing Tatum's production team to create the male accompaniment to the female cast that is kicking things off. With the Russo Brothers recently signing on to take the Marvel cinematic universe into the future with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2, it's certainly unclear what future role these in-demand brothers will have with the future of the Ghostbuster reboot plans.
The intention does seem clear that Channing Tatum is being considered part of this new cast of Ghostbusters, with Chris Pratt heavily rumored as his co-star, and Iron Man 3 & Mission Impossible 5 writer Drew Pierce handling the script. The original intention was for the expanded Tatum and Pratt Ghostbusters universe to get underway during the summer of 2016. Would the Russo Brothers be able to squeeze a new Ghostbusters movie in between Captain America 3 and Avengers: Infinty War?
It could have been that these talks of getting into the Ghostbusting business is what forced Marvel and Disney to double down on the Russo Brothers and secure them for the Avengers movies. It's unsure where this leaves things for the future of the Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt Ghostbusters expansion. Ivan Reitman explained that plans are also underway for making TV part of this expanded Ghostbusters universe but we may just have to wait and see how the first incarnation of this reboot goes when Paul Feig and Kristen Wiig's Ghostbusters hits screens in the summer of 2016.