WTF is Up With This “Male-Driven” GHOSTBUSTERS?
Sony just hired Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) to write the script for a male-driven supernatural comedy driven by original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and actor Dan Aykroyd. The two are teaming up to form Ghost Corps, a new production company that will make movies based within the Ghostbusters universe.
Channing Tatum is already set to star in this male-centric production with the Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) set to direct.
This film will serve as a counterpart to Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters movie starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
The Russos are not officially attached to direct since they’re currently busy with Captain America: Civil War with Marvel. The brothers also have their sights set on potentially directing Marvel’s two-part Avengers finale slated at the end of Phase 3. They have, however, signed with Sony Pictures for a “first-look” deal just last week.
“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,” Reitman told Deadline. “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… 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.”
As of writing this, we stumbled onto a few rumors and possible clarifications from Screen Rant. According to their report, the all-male Ghostbusters might not actually be the case after all:
Chris Pratt will co-star alongside his good friend Channing Tatum. (Goodness. How many franchises is this guy going to participate in??? First Marvel, then Jurassic Park, and now possibly Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones!)
Deadline‘s framing of the movie as an “all-male” Ghostbusters companion movie to the “all-female” reboot are incorrect. Though the movie will focus on its two male leads, the team will not be composed entirely of men. Also, the concept apparently sprung out of the two actors’ real-life chemistry together.
There are four Ghostbusters movies currently in the works: the female reboot, the Tatum/Pratt movie, a movie which will see the two Ghostbusters teams cross over, and a (potentially period piece) prequel.
Not every one of these Ghostbusters movies will be about busting ghosts; rather, the ‘Ghostbusters’ brand will be a “catch-all umbrella for a world of supernatural FX comedies.”
The way Screen Rant puts it, if any of this holds true, we might get a buddy Ghostbusters movie instead of a full-on comedy version of the Expendables. C’mon, you know that’s what we were all thinking when we first heard about an “all-male” version of Ghostbusters. So what do you all think?
Personally, I’m a little disappointed the second Ghostbusters movie is not what we all initially thought. It effectively strips away all of my “Men’s Rights Activists are the new Illuminati” jokes. Other than that, our fears might actually be put at ease. For now…?