‘Ghostbusters’ Expanding Franchise With A Channing Tatum Reboot Movie, Ghostcorps Production Company
Sony announced on Monday that fans can expect yet another Ghostbusters reboot, in addition to the women-driven production from director Paul Feig.
Sony Announces Ghostbusters Franchise Plans
On Monday, Sony confirmed that it was looking into forming an entire new production company, Ghostcorps, to focus on creating a new Ghostbusters franchise that would expand from films to merchandise and even television – the Ghostbusters version of what Marvel has been doing for the past decade.
Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and co-writer Dan Aykroyd are heading up the new venture, something they claim they have been kicking around since the original film was released in 1984. “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,” Reitman told Deadline.
Channing Tatum To Produce And Possibly Star
In addition to the new production company, Reitman confirmed the existence of a second reboot film – in addition to the all female reboot that is set to begin production in June. The new film will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). The film is also set to be produced by Channing Tatum and his producing partners, prompting rumors that Tatum will also star in the franchise.
Reitman said this new reboot would act as a follow up to Feig’s female-driven film set to star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, confirming that the plan is still for Feig’s reboot to be the first film in a new Ghostbusters franchise. “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,” Reitman teased.
Despite Reitman’s assurance that the female-driven film will be released first, the rumors that Tatum and his friend, Chris Pratt, are in talks to star in the project have caused many to fear that this announcement is merely a sign of Sony satisfying a sexist fan base that criticized the idea of a female Ghostbusters.
So Sony capitulates to totalitarian hackers, ousts female co-chair, then panders to whiny Ghostbusters fanboys. Gold stars all round.
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) March 9, 2015
So they’re now also making an all male Ghostbusters reboot. Where are the guys who hated the all-female one saying “No I just hate reboots”?
— Jen Kirkman (@JenKirkman) March 10, 2015
In fact, the new film was originally reported as a “Guy Ghostbusters,” and no reports have suggested that the film intends to go in any other direction than with an all (white) male cast. Whether or not Sony will take a chance with a more diverse cast remains to be seen.
Wait what if the male Ghostbusters are all gay
— Marc Snetiker (@MarcSnetiker) March 9, 2015
I don’t care what gender the new Ghostbusters are – when can we talk about the fact that ghosts don’t exist
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 9, 2015
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