Sequels have been king in Hollywood for a long time, but that’s not enough for the studios anymore, as seeing the success Marvel has had they all want Extended Universes. So far we’ve only really seen it in the world of superhero flicks, but now Sony has revealed that they think they can do it for Ghostbusters too.
Considering getting a third film off the ground has taken years, announcing advanced plans for other films a surprise to many, but just a month after they revealed a female-led Ghostbusters movie starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, Deadline reports Channing Tatum is attached to a more male-focussed Ghostbusters film, with the Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) set to direct.
Sony are keen to keep a link to the original movies, as they’ve set up a new division of their company, Ghost Corps, which will be led by Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman and will oversee the expansion of the Ghostbusters world.
Reitman says, “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. This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film [with McCarthy & Wiig] 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 [Peirce] 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.”
It’s been known that Tatum has been interested for a while, but it had never been clear whether the idea of him joining the Ghostbusters universe would come to fruition. Now it appears it will.