Channing Tatum recently appeared on the ‘Howard Stern Show,’ where the star of ‘Magic Mike XXL’ answered questions about the ‘Ghostbusters‘ film he is rumored to be a part of currently. He first began with a statement confirming the hoops the producers are having to jump through to get the movie made, not to mention making sure it meshes with Paul Feig’s current female led team:
“That thing’s gotten messy, I’ve got to be honest. There’s a lot of people doing a lot of things on Ghostbusters. So ‘I don’t know’ is the answer.”
All we know so far about the new ‘Ghostbuster’ films is that the first will be Feig’s film starring the female Ghostbusters, and that the second will be a male team, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, with Tatum currently set as a producer, though everyone suspects he will also star in the film. In regards to his enthusiasm as well as fan enthusiasm for the project, Tatum stated the following:
“Look, I would love to do it. [But] there’s a lot of people in the pool right now …I think we’re in a bit of a gestation period. As soon as you hear it’s happening, half of the people go, ‘Oh, what the f—? No, they cannot make that movie!’ And then the other half goes, ‘Oh yeah, I would love to see that.’”
Planning for second movie while Feig is starting work on the first seems presumptuous, and Feig himself is not happy with the statement Sony seems to be making by greenlighting an all male version of the team to come out right after his female centric film:
“I was like, ‘Does that mean don’t worry, the real one’s coming after this?’ It was a bit of a shock.”
And Feig may have a point, it does seem like his film is being regarding by the studio as the soft-relaunch of the franchise, before they bring in heavy hitters Joe and Anthony Russo and stars like Channing Tatum to make the real money, which makes sense from a certain point of view, but ultimately may not be necessary. Feig has been producing well-received movies making good money for some time now, and doubting that a female led team of a 20 year old franchise is going to be able to cut it really shows the lack of faith Sony has in both male and female audiences. Don’t get me wrong, I think Tatum’s ‘Ghostbusters’ film will also be fun and well-worth seeing, but I really hope the two films find a way to mesh together, and that the bad blood between them does not hurt the franchise at the end of the day.