While their attempt at creating a successful movie universe for Spider Man didn’t quite go to plan, it appears Sony aren’t willing to give up on the idea totally, with plans in motion to expand Ghostbusters into a major franchise.
Back in January it was confirmed that Paul Feig was bringing the ghost-chasing team back to the big-screen, this time with a female-oriented cast led by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. But that appears to only be the beginning of what is planned at Sony HQ, as it has now emerged that a second reboot is in the works.
Deadline are reporting that Sony Pictures have set up Ghostcorps, a new production company tasked with developing new opportunites moving forward based on the 1984 classic. Ghostcorps will be headed up by original frontrunners Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, who have lined up some heavy hitters to assist; Joe and Anthony Russo, who helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and appear set to take over from Joss Whedon as the overseers of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, are being pegged to direct and produce, with Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce working on a script.
Additionally, Channing Tatum and partners Carolin and Peter Kiernan will also produce, with Tatum planned to take one of the lead roles. The idea is for this movie to be a male-driven outing, acting as a counterpart to Feig’s female-led film.
Reitman confirmed the plans to Deadline, which he revealed had been long-discussed with Aykroyd;
“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. 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.”
It’s still early days on the project, of course, and the Russo’s involvement is likely dependant on if they agree to take the reins of Avengers: Infinity War parts 1 & 2, but Ghostcorps have definitive plans that don’t appear to be ready to fall by the wayside.