The female-led Ghostbusters movie isn’t the only film coming out of spook central… as Sony Pictures plans to expand the franchise.
According to Deadline, there’s also a male-led Ghostbusters movie in the pipeline… and it’s likely to tie into the female-led version that’s currently in development.
“Sony Pictures is broadening the Ghostbusters franchise,” they reveal. “The first order of business will be a male-driven action-centric comedy that is a counterpart to the Paul Feig-directed film that will start production in June.”
Obviously, it looks as though Sony is keen to capitalise on the Ghostbusters brand… and they’re pulling out all the stops as they reportedly land Marvel directing duo, the Anthony and Joe Russo.
“Reitman is putting the male-driven film with a powerhouse brain trust: Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers Joe and Anthony Russo, who just made a first-look Sony deal and are looking to direct and produce this”
And the writing talent? Iron Man 3 writer, Drew Pearce.
“Channing Tatum and his partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan are attached to produce,” they added. “The hope is for Tatum to play one of the Ghostbusters in this film.”
Of course, Channing Tatum seems to be a safe bet these days… but I can’t help thinking this is just another cynical cash grab. After all, most of the words in Deadline’s report are lacking a certain creativity.
It’s all about ‘franchises’ and extending the universe, with the studio working on ‘branding opportunities’. But how about making a solid film, first?
At the moment, details of Paul Feig’s female-led Ghostbusters movie remain unclear… and as the studio moves towards production, I can’t help thinking that Ghostbusters fans remain more than a little sceptical.
Although the notion of another male-led Ghostbusters movie is good news, I can’t help feeling a bit worried. After all, it doesn’t seem to be coming from a good place.
There’s certainly appetite for another Ghostbusters movie, but Sony is determined to grow another franchise before they’ve made a single movie.
Let’s just hope it’s not all as bad as it sounds.
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