As anyone worth their salt knows, the most important qualification for being a Ghostbuster is having a Y chromosome and/or a wiener. Though the busting of ghosts can be accomplished without said implements, as evidenced by Paul Feig’s forthcoming Ghostbusters film starring a cavalcade of hilarious ladies, purists will tell you that ghostbusting is a boys’ club. Naturally, Sony recognizes this and is tapping into their inner men’s rights advocate by developing a new, “male-driven action-centric comedy” in the Ghostbusters universe. Once more, all is right in the world. There is no Dana, only Zuul.
All snarkiness aside, Deadline reports that Sony is planning on expanding the Ghostbusters universe and their first order of business is a male-driven supernatural comedy. In order to develop the film, the studio has established Ghost Corps, a new production shingle including Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, as well as Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who just signed a first-look deal with the studio. Iron Man 3 and Mission Impossible 5 writer Drew Pearce is attached to write the script, and Channing Tatum, along with partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, will produce. Speaking of Tatum, the studio is hoping that he will also star in the film as one of the Ghostbusters, so they can parlay his success in 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike to buoy the new franchise entry.
Though the film is still in very early stages, it is intended to complement the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters film, which stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Evidently, this film has long been in the works, according to Reitman. “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,” he said to Deadline. “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 hear. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”
It looks like Dan Aykroyd’s talk about a shared Ghostbusters universe wasn’t so crazy after all! With Spider-Man’s recent induction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it makes sense that Sony would continue looking for opportunities to expand its intellectual properties into full-fledged franchises. Now, it seems, all we can do is brace ourselves for the inevitable flood of Ghostbusters fantasy castings. For what it’s worth, my suggestion is Channing Tatum, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, and Guy Fieri. Why Guy Fieri? Why not. In the meantime, I’ll be grippin’ and sippin’ on some expired Ecto Cooler.
Let me know your thoughts about the ever-expanding Ghostbusters franchise in the comments below, and don’t miss Jessica’s thoughts on the potential of a Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe on a recent episode of Nerdist News: