Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sony developing new 'Ghostbusters' film with Channing Tatum and the Russo Brothers

The Ghostbusters universe has been constantly in turmoil since 1989, with a wide variety of reports on sequels, spin-offs and reboots. Ghostbusters 3 with the original cast of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and others was rumored for a very long time, but the news finally seemed to stop late last year. Eventually, Paul Feig decided to tackle a female-led reboot of Ghostbusters with Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones. The film is headed into production soon and will be hitting theaters on July 22, 2016. Most assumed that was the new direction for the Ghostbusters franchise, but apparently, those are not the end of Sony's plans for the classic comedy series.

According to Deadline, the Ghostbusters universe is expanding with a new project more akin to the original franchise. Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo will be heading up this new project with Drew Pearce attached to write the script. And finally, Channing Tatum will be producing the project and hopefully starring as one of the Ghostbusters. This is all part of a new production plan called "Ghostcorps", which will be led by Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman to create a marketing and merchandising plan for the new Ghostbusters franchise. Reitman told Deadline that he wanted to "expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment."

Reaction to this news has been an eclectic mix of outrage and excitement, with some seeing this as a betrayal of Paul Feig and the female cast of Ghostbusters. I can definitely understand that anger and I must say that I don't truly get why Sony is doing this. There was genuine excitement around the Feig project and I feel that the Russo brothers project could definitely cause issues. I don't see much franchise potential for the Ghostbusters series, but obviously someone at Sony does. Part of it seems like desperation to me. In the end, this should be an interesting project plan and we'll see what happens very soon. 

Source: Deadline
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