A few months back, reports surfaced that the Russo Brothers -- directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain American: Civil War -- were teaming up with original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman to create a male-driven reboot film that would be a sort of companion to the female-driven reboot film already in the works from writer/director Paul Feig. Feig's film is set to be released next summer, and at the time it seemed the second film was aiming for a release date the following year. There were also reports that the film would star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, a pairing that grew out of their real-life friendship. Pratt later denied those reports, and things have been fairly quiet since. Now the reported casting news has resurfaced, with a reliable source.
On the red carpet for Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation, Drew Pearce, who's writing this particular reboot, confirmed that the project is moving forward, and that Tatum and Pratt are the two leads the producers have in mind, though he later elaborated on Twitter that the actual Ghostbusters team would not be all-male.
“That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project,” Pearce confirmed, but added, “Whether that happens or not is very much above my pay grade. It’s just my job to give them something exciting that maybe they’ll do.”
Back when the original reports surfaced, Devin Faraci of Birth. Movies. Death. reported that the plan was for the two Ghostbusters teams to ultimately meet in some kind of Avengers-style crossover film, and though Pearce didn't confirm that, he did say he's pulling for a shared universe.
“My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same Ghostbusters universe, because I feel, as a fan, that’s what I would want,” he said. “Standing here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together. Whether that happens or not we’ll see, but I’ve certainly given them the tools to do that, I hope.”
So we're getting not one, but two Ghostbusters reboots, and if all goes well by 2020 we might see a Ghostbusters super team-up movie. It's a weird time to be alive.