While we know Paul Feig is currently shooting a female-centric reboot of the “Ghostbusters” franchise, one of the more interesting reports to emerge during that film’s pre-production phase was that Sony Pictures is planning to use the movie as the launchpad for a larger ‘Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe’ along the lines of a Marvel or DC superhero one.
The second effort in this GCU would be more male-centric “Ghostbusters” tale, one which Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt were quickly rumored for. Both actors denied involvement, and the only thing that seemed concrete about it was that “Iron Man 3” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” co-writer Drew Pearce was involved in some capacity.
This week, Pearce clarified the matter regarding what’s going on and says this second “Ghostbusters” reboot and overall larger plan is still happening. He tells MTV:
“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. [Pratt and Tatum] are 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.”
Pearce followed that up on social media with some more information. He says he’s penned a TV series-style ‘Bible’ for the possible extended Ghostbusters franchise, but the script for this second film doesn’t yet exist.
He adds that “Captain America” sequel helmers Russo Brothers and original “Ghostbusters” helmer Ivan Reitman now have his ideas in hand and will proceed from there:
“[They’ll] take it and run with it. Hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know more. 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. 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.”
At present Pearce’s work is only a might be, and will likely depend a LOT upon the success of Feig’s “Ghostbusters” which opens next July. Ivan Reitman is playing down the reports though, e-mailing a statement to Slashfilm about all the talk and tries to de-emphasize chatter about the second movie before the first comes out:
“There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the Ghostbusters franchise. As the producer of the new Ghostbusters film, I feel the need to clarify. There is only one new Ghostbusters movie and that is the Paul Feig directed version coming next July, presently filming and going fantastically. The rest is just noise.”