Last year came word that Sony Pictures was getting ready to milk the “Ghostbusters” franchise for all its worth with not only the Paul Feig-directed, female-centric reboot of the property already filming but also a Channing Tatum-led male-centric one in development at the studio.
That project had Joe and Anthony Russo, the “Captain America: Winter Soldier” directors, attached. However, with their commitments to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many were wondering how they would get the time to direct. Talk of that male-centric “Ghostbusters” spin-off has since died down, and Joe Russo tells Forbes that they’re no longer involved:
“There is no status with that for us. There was a period there when Paul Feig was engaging Sony in talks about Ghostbusters and we were also engaging them. He was further along with his process than we were and he closed his deal so that’s the only Ghostbusters world that’s being explored right now over at Sony. Once we took Infinity War, it took us off the table for any kind of any potential work on a Ghostbusters project.”
This would match with comments producer Ivan Reitman made last year that the Tatum-led spin-off isn’t happening any longer. The Russos didn’t comment on the Fletcher Moules-directed animated film in the works based on the franchise.
Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” is scheduled to hit cinemas on July 15th.