A few months ago we first got wind that there would be a new Ghostbusters movie in the works from Sony. Directed by Paul Feig (Spy, Bridesmaids) and starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Chris Hemsworth, the reboot is slated for a 2016 release.
Then, seemingly right after Sony announced the new female-driven Ghostbusters movie, there were even more rumors of a different Ghostbusters film taking place in the same universe to follow, with talks of finally giving real-life buddies Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt a chance to work together!
Our hopes of the comedic duo pairing up were quickly dashed away a couple of months ago when in an interview with GQ, Pratt was quick to squash the rumors, saying:
No one has ever even spoken to me about that. Never. I've even seen Channing a couple times. As far as I know, that's complete bullshit. Knight Rider—bullshit. All of them.
Well, maybe Pratt really isn't involved in this movie or perhaps he was just playing coy, because we now have reports that Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce has officially finished his outline for another new Ghostbusters film to be released under Sony.
On the red carpet for [Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation](tag:373501), Pearce talked to MTV News and confirmed that his bible (outlining the script) is done, but is still being kept tightly under wraps:
I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks. Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did ’Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and are doing ’Civil War’ at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!
Pearce also made it clear that their team is still eyeing Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt to star. With talks coming to light that Tatum may be leaving the X-Men franchise's Gambit movie, it might be because the 21 Jump Street actor is still eager to be involved with Pearce's Ghostbusters reboot.
With Pratt, who is already involved with multiple franchises (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic Park) and rumors of playing Indiana Jones, it's understandable if he's too busy to take on Ghostbusters, but he also might just be keeping quiet until all of his contracts are set in stone.
Pearce later clarified that while Tatum and Pratt are the frontrunners for their leads, it would hopefully be a mixed-gender team. This sounds like the best option so that we're not pitting the male cast against the female cast.
Finally, he stated that he's aiming for this new film to properly pay homage to Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd's source material while also keeping in line with Feig's version:
My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same ’Ghostbusters’ universe, because I feel, as a fan, that’s what I would want. Standing here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together. Whether that happens or not we’ll see, but I’ve certainly given them the tools to do that, I hope.
Since the original Ghostbusters producer Ivan Reitman is on board for both Pearce and Feig's films, hopefully the two films will be able to coexist seamlessly within the same universe.
Even if you're not totally sold on one or either version of these movies, the idea of Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig teaming up with Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt does sound pretty tempting!
In the end, rebooting any beloved movie is going to be a risk. On the one hand, it'll be great to be reintroduced to a world that was such a big part of many of our lives. But on the other hand, if things don't work out it'll be pretty hard to stomach. Personally, I'm going to try to stay positive about the whole idea of a new Ghostbusters universe until I have reason not to.
Paul Fieg's Ghostbusters is set to release on July 22, 2016.