Production for Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters is already in full swing, but any hopes of the male Ghostbusters film has nearly dissipated. Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt were both attached to the project, and with rumors of Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America Civil War) directing using a script written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), it seemed that the reboot was going to become a reality. Then came word that the project wasn’t going to happen. Tatum’s producing partner said “we’re not doing that any more,” while Pratt said the rumor was “complete BS.” Plus the Russo brothers have their hands full with directing both parts of Avengers: Infinity War.
It may have looked like the Ghostbusters spinoff was going to hit a development stall, but Pearce has come out saying that the film may still happen. More on the story below.
In an interview with MTV, Pearce revealed the some potentially good news on the Ghostbusters spinoff:
“I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks. Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are doing Civil War at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!”
That sounds like real good news, but it’s far from a confirmation. Pearce later clarified on Twitter that he didn’t actually complete a script, but wrote a “bible” for the film:
Basically he wrote a treatment. He added that if Sony were to move forward on the reboot, his Ghostbusters would be a mixed gender team with “ghosts of all classes (I to VII).” “It’s very inclusive that way,” he tweeted.
Now as to if Tatum and Pratt are still signed on, it sounds like they are in consideration, but they have some people in mind if the two don’t sign on:
“That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project. 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.”
To be honest, I wouldn’t expect any less from Sony. They are probably going to have to wait and see how the film does at the box office before they can even consider doing sequels and spinoffs. And it’s the right move. But if it is any indication, the pictures that Feig has been tweeting shows us that the franchise is in good hands, and if all goes well, we could be seeing more Ghostbusters in the future.
Pearce also address the interconnectedness of tying in his film with Feig to create 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. 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.”
More like that is the current trend. Not everything needs to be a shared universe, but as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the overall narrative, it really doesn’t matter. But it does confirm that his Ghostbusters spinoff takes place in the same universe as Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.