As you might recall, among the scraps gleaned from the massive Sony email hack was that Channing Tatum, along with producing partner Reid Carolin and The Russo Brothers, directors of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” had an idea for a “Ghostbusters” movie that they wanted to do. Well, now they are getting their shot.
Deadline reports that everyone mentioned above are behind a new “Ghostbusters” movie that will serve as a “counterpart” to Paul Feig‘s actress-driven effort, with the Russos directing (not a surprise given they just inked a first look deal with Sony) from a script by Drew Pearce (“Iron Man 3,” “Mission: Impossible 5″). The idea is for Feig’s film to be released next year as planned, with the this bro-driven project to arrive in 2017. It’s all part of expanding a brand that it seems everyone thinks has lain dormant for too long.
“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,” Ivan Reitman, who is forming the company Ghost Corps with Dan Aykroyd, and housing it at Sony, told the trade. “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.”
So instead of one idea to continue the “Ghostbusters” brand, it looks like they are using many ideas instead. No word yet on casting (though Tatum is likely to take a role) or plot details, though it has been previously been described as a mythology-heavy approach reminiscent of Christopher Nolan‘s “Batman Begins” (but obviously, funnier).
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