With the 2016 reboot of '80s classic Ghostbusters featuring an all-female cast on the horizon, rumors that an entire cinematic universe was going to be created, that would spawn multiple spirit destroying teams, including an all-male counterpart.
The suggested names involved were enough to whet the appetite for more poltergeist pulverizers. The Russo brothers were rumored to be signed on to direct, with Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt in leading roles.
The Project Is Now 'Off The Table'
Unfortunately, that appetite will have to be satisfied by another cinematic meal, because the Russo brothers themselves have all but confirmed that the project will not be going ahead. In an interview with Forbes, Joe Russo said:
"There is no status with that for us. There was a period there when Paul Feig was engaging Sony in talks about Ghostbusters and we were also engaging them. He was further along with his process than we were and he closed his deal so thatÃ¢ÂÂs the only Ghostbusters world thatÃ¢ÂÂs being explored right now over at Sony.
"Once we took Infinity War it [took] us off the table for any kind of any potential work on a Ghostbusters project."
So, it looks certain that this particular project won't be going ahead as expected, unfortunately. However, Sony have previously expressed their plans for a shared universe, so there could be more avenues to explore in the future. Maybe.
'Ghostbusters' is released on July 15th this year.
Do you think 'Ghostbusters' warrants a cinematic universe?