by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Sony has recently announced the formation of GhostCorps, the production team of Ghostbusters architects Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, two men who were involved in the original 1984 supernatural-comedy classic. The production company was tasked with creating more branding opportunities based on their original film.
Reports state that the first order of business is to create a male-centric Ghostbusters film to counterbalance the upcoming Paul Feig, female-led film. And the studio has gathered a murderer’s row of talent, both in front of and behind the camera, to help make this project a success.
Attached as screenwriter is Drew Pearce. Pearce is best known for his writing credits on Iron Man 3 and the upcoming Mission: Impossible 5.
It’s being said that Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt are being looked at to star in the film and that this may be another franchise vehicle for the actors.
While not confirmed, Joe and Anthony Russo have been talked about to direct the film. The duo behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier currently have a full plate though. With Captain America: Civil War on the horizon and the possibility of directing the upcoming two-parter Avengers: The Infinity War, the brother team may not have the time to take charge on this project. But never say never in Hollywood.
Reitman is looking to create a universe that can inhabit many different incarnations. He hopes to get a script ready for the Russo’s next available window, which would be next summer.
So with Paul Feig’s version set to start filming this year with a 2016 release and GhostCorps hoping to get a 2016 start date for their male version, could this be the beginning of a world where we get a new Ghostbusters-centric film every year?
I can only hope.