Remember a while back in the midst of the massive Sony hack when an email leaked out that said Channing Tatum and the Russo Brothers (directors of Captain America: Winter Soldier) were interested in making their own Ghostbusters movie in addition to Paul Feig’s female-fronted reboot? Most of us just passed that off as a message where someone mentioned something another person mentioned offhand and assumed nothing more was going to come of it. Well, we were wrong, as not only is that happening, it looks like it could be the beginning of something much larger.
Dan Aykroyd recently said that he’s not done with the Ghostbusters franchise, and according to Deadline, the star of the original is teaming up with Ivan Reitman to start a company called Ghostcorps, which will primarily be concerned with expanding the Ghostbusters brand.
Feig’s film, which stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, and is set to film later this summer for a 2016 release, is not the only one in development. That will be the first film in what some people are calling the Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe. Tatum is producing and will likely star in another film, which Joe and Anthony Russo may also produce and direct as part of their new first look deal with Sony.
Drew Pearce, who wrote (Iron Man 3 and the latest Mission: Impossible film, is on board to script, and while Tatum seems solidly in place, the Russo’s have a lot going on and are not as concrete. After all, they have to film Captain America: Civil War later this year, and could helm the two-part Avengers: Infinity War for Marvel. It’s also possible that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt could likely join his good friend Tatum in front of the camera, and part of the idea apparently came from the chemistry between the two actors.
While that’s a lot to take in, it’s far from everything, and according to Badass Digest and their sources, there is even more to the story. There are reportedly four, yes, four, Ghostbusters movies in the works. First is Feig’s film, followed by the Tatum/Pratt/Russo tag team, and then a third film will have the two teams crossover. The fourth installment is described as a prequel, though it could possibly be a period piece and has nothing to do with the characters from the other films. You see the potential for a constant, yearly rotation of films in this franchise, don’t you?
Finally, the new Ghostbusters movies won’t just be about running around in beige jumpsuits and busting ghosts, it will be a “catch-all umbrella for a world of supernatural FX comedies.” This seems to open things up to just about any monster you can think of, so we might see zombies, vampires, werewolves, and the like as well. Granted, some of their previous foes, like Zuul and Gozer, weren’t according-to-Hoyle ghosts, but it’s possible we could witness the world open up quite a bit.
So there you have it, I hope you’re ready for way, way more Ghostbusters, because it looks like we’re going to be neck deep before too long.