While Paul Feig was off shooting his ‘Ghostbusters’ last year, Dan Ackroyd and Ivan Reitman announced the formation of Ghost Corps, a production company looking to expand the beloved paranormal comedy brand based on the hit 1984 film. Reports said that they were hoping to put together a spinoff featuring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt written by ‘Iron Man 3’ screenwriter Drew Pearce and directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. But as 2015 progressed, the project seemed to fall apart as Tatum revealed that he was in the dark about any developments and producer Reitman clarified by saying that the film was “just noise”. Finally, despite talk of building a cinematic universe from multiple parties, the Russos shared that they were off the table for any potential work involving the Ghostbusters due to their commitments to Marvel and the Avengers. Now Reitman has come out again to clear up this whole situation once and for all.
In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, Reitman referred to the second ‘Ghostbusters’ film as “complete bullshit”. Though there were talks of expanding the franchise with another movie, he wasn’t actually involved. And even worse, many seemed to think that the production with Pratt and Tatum attached was a back-up plan in the event that Feig’s film failed, which definitely wasn’t the case:
“I was never involved in that, it was never real. There was a writer hired by the studio who did 30 pages, and it wasn’t very good. The biggest misconception was that we were creating a parallel film in case the girls version didn’t work out. But the only movie we were making was Paul’s movie. It never faltered.”
However, just because that particular production is no longer in the cards doesn’t mean that Sony doesn’t still have plans for expansion. Ghost Corp is producing the upcoming animated series ‘Ghostbusters: Ecto Force’. Then following the opening weekend for Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon’s team, Sony President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer mentioned that “there’s no doubt in [his] mind [that a sequel] will happen”. Plus, Reitman mentioned in the same interview that they’re working on an idea to “make sense of these two parallel movies [from 1984 and 2016]”. It’s hard to determine what he could possibly mean there, but it’s safe to say that the Ghostbusters will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.
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