While we already know that Paul Feig is currently working on his female-led Ghostbusters reboot (set to hit in 2016), it seems that Sony also has had its eye on a Ghostbusters spinoff that was pitched by Channing Tatum.
Of course, Tatum wants to star in it, and he wants his 10 Years co-star Chris Pratt -- who recently skyrocketed to fame with Guardians of the Galaxy, and who’ll star next year in Jurassic World –- on board with him.
Here’s what Tatum said in an email dated Aug. 21:
“Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. COME OONNNN!!!”
The next day, an email from Hannah Minghella, who is co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, to Amy Pascal (co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment) and a slew of Sony execs outlined the 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike and G.I. Joe actor’s plan to star in said Ghostbusters spinoff flick with Chris Pratt, to be produced by the Russo brothers, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will next helm Captain America: Civil War.
“So… in a curious turn of events - the Russos and Channing want to develop Ghostbusters as a vehicle for Channing and Chris Pratt to do together. The Russos, Channing and Reid have been brainstorming ideas and want to create a whole new mythology that would support multiple movies (the way that Nolan reinvented Batman). To be clear - the Russos want to produce (not direct) and while Channing and Chris are looking for a movie to do together they haven't mentioned this to him yet because they weren't sure how we'd react.”
She also added:
“They want to make it simultaneously super scary while also super funny. They love the idea that they are mortal heroes who are believers in the paranormal and the only people who can defend mankind from a paranormal threat. I know we're mid negotiations with Paul [Feig]. I'm not sure whether we'd ever develop two different versions simultaneously. Joe Russo is open to the idea that both movies could be developed in partnership so they compliment one another within the same Ghostbusters universe. Apparently the Russos are very close to Paul and Joe suggested Paul could be attached to direct both. Personally I think it's possible for the female version to co-exist with this other version so maybe they're not mutually exclusive.”
All in all, the Sony execs all looked greatly interested in this project. Amy Pascal’s reply, though, was a simple drop of the f-bomb. Yep. That sums it up.
So, what do you guys think? Would you want to see a Ghostbusters spinoff with Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt?
(via The Daily Beast)