Paul Feig’s upcoming all-female reboot is apparently not the only Ghostbusters film we’re getting.
Deadline is reporting that the Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) have signed on to direct a new Ghostbusters film starring Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) that is being billed as a “male-driven action-centric comedy” that will be released to complement Feig’s film. Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) is already attached to write a script. So, basically, one for the girls and one for the guys, we guess? Hmm.
If you’re wanting to make a successful comedy, you couldn’t have asked for a better team than this one. Aside from the action chops they’ve shown with Winter Soldier, the Russos have also directed several (awesome) episodes of Community — so they definitely have the skills. Tatum is also a hugely bankable star these days, and has proven surprisingly fun in the 21 Jump Street franchise. Plus, Drew Pearce? That guy also rocks.
Along with the new project, Sony has also created a new production company called Ghostcorps, which is led by original Ghostbusters creators Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, which will be tasked with developing new ways to capitalize on the 1980s cult hit. So, like it or not, expect a whole lot more Ghostbusters stuff in the coming years. Here’s what Reitman told Deadline about the initiative:
“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.”
Look, we’re all for cranking up development on some new Ghostbusters films, and the creative team behind this idea is great. But it’s also a bit of a strange move — and kind of seems to undermine what Feig is doing with his female-led film (which also boasts an amazing cast). I mean, women can do action, too, right? Sure, there’s been some negativity in the months since Feig’s project was announced, but we hope this is part of a larger plan and not just a (well-staffed) knee-jerk reaction.
What’s your take on the future of the Ghostbusters franchise? Is there room for a few different (apparently gender-specific) teams?