Just because ‘Ghostbusters‘ busted at the box office, that doesn’t mean the franchise will be heading to the ethereal world. While the numbers don’t support the film as a blockbuster hit, it seems enough interest was had that a sequel could well be greenlit.
Despite its unremarkable opening weekend, the President of Worldwide Distribution at Sony, Rory Bruer, felt that “the Ghostbusters world is alive and well” and that he expected it “to become an important brand and franchise”. However, he did make it clear that “while nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen.”
Current projections have ‘Ghostbusters’ earning enough to cover the film’s production and marketing cost so Sony is at least not losing out on any money. This is quite impressive considering that the film will not be screening in China where American films have the opportunity to cash in at the box office despite the low outcome domestically (‘Pacific Rim’ anyone?) Add to the fact that ‘Ghostbusters’ will be gaining some stiff competition in the coming weeks with ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ ‘Jason Bourne,’ and ‘Suicide Squad,’ the past weekend was the chance for the film to shine brightly before dimming completely.
As for sequel, it’s unsure if this new Ghostbusters team consisting of Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will be returning but Sony Pictures Animation is working on a new animated series titled ‘Ghostbusters: Ecto Force’ which will expand the franchise with a new generation of Ghostbusters set in the year 2050. This project is set to be released sometime in 2018.
So whether you loved the film or hated it, it looks like there will be more ghosts to be busted in the near future.
Source: The Wrap