Yet another horror comedy classic is returning to its franchise with a possible crossover event as Deadline broke the news that Sony is eyeing to develop a male-driven “Ghostbusters” reboot by launching its own cinematic universe.
The original “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman is forming Ghost Corp, a new production company with “Ghostbusters” lead actor and co-creator Dan Aykroyd to create branding opportunities based on the 1984 supernatural comedy. He told Deadline that they are looking 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 4 of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The 2nd 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… Sometimes things happen as the speed they are supposed to happen. The deals were so strong on that second movie that the franchise became frozen in place 25 years. Nothing got done, we all had the power to block whatever we didn’t like, but we finally got together and found a way.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Joe and Anthony Russo signed a first-look deal with Sony Pictures, but they are not officially attached to helm the project yet. “Iron Man 3” scribe Drew Pearce is set to pen the script while Channing Tatum will produce the reboot with Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, the Russo brothers, and Ghost Corps. The “Magic Mike XXL” star is most likely going to star in the movie as well.
The Russo brothers are currently busy filming the upcoming “Captain America” film titled “Captain America: Civil War“. The famed siblings are eyed to direct Marvel’s 2-part “Avengers” finale as well, thus it is unclear whether the duo can make time to direct the “Ghostbusters” reboot.
Slated for release in July 2015, Paul Feig’s female-powered “Ghostbusters” movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.