While we all still try to digest the fact an all female Ghostbusters movie is on the way with a questionable cast, news announced tonight is that we now have an all male film in the works. Not only that, but Sony have put Dan Aykroyd (star of the original Ghostbusters) and the original films director Ian Reitman in charge of tasking everything they can to capitalize on the Ghostbusters branding.
Sony is now looking to find other ways to capitalize on the franchise by creating the production company Ghost Corps, which will focus on finding branding opportunities based on the hit series.
“Ghostbusters” helmer Ivan Reitman and writer/star Dan Aykroyd will head up the company along with Reitman’s Montecito Production partners Tom Pollock, Ali Bell and Alex Plapinger. The focus of the banner will be to find ways to capitalize on the “Ghostbusters” name, through movies, TV projects and merchandise.
The banner’s first order of business is developing a new “Ghostbusters” pic that will serve as a counterpart to the Paul Feig female-driven one that will begin production in June.
Deadline reports that The Russo Brothers, directors of the incredible Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and who are busy prepping Captain America: Civil War, are in the running to direct the new film. However, as they may end up directing The Avengers: Infinity War Pars I and II, their schedules are not yet confirmed.
Channing Tatum will produce the new Ghostbusters film possibly with The Russo Brothers (who just made a first look deal with Sony), and Tatum’s partners partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan will also produced. While not confirmed, the thinking is that Tatum will star.
Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible 5) will write.
Reitman confirmed these early plans to Deadline, and said that this was something he and Aykroyd had long discussed.
“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 me. “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.”
He continued: “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.”
Reitman then spoke of the timing of the new Ghosbusters film, and how it took 25 years to get to this point: “Sometimes things happen at the speed they are supposed to happen,” he said. “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.”