Back during production of Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot, one of the more unexpected rumors that floated around was that Sony Pictures was simultaneously developing further plans for the “Ghostbusters” franchise which would include a male-centered installment ahead of a potential team-up film.
At the time the likes of Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum were rumored, claims that Pratt dismissed as “complete bulls–t”. Still, the reports continued for a while and even went as far as suggesting the project was potentially a back-up plan in case Feig’s reboot didn’t work.
Then, all of a sudden, the rumors stopped and nothing has been heard about them since until today when original series director Ivan Reitman has spoken about those reports with The Globe and Mail. Reitman, who produced the new reboot, has confirmed that an additional film was floated as an idea but it never got very far:
“There was a writer hired by the studio who did 30 pages, and it wasn’t very good. The biggest misconception was that we were creating a parallel film in case the girls version didn’t work out. But the only movie we were making was Paul’s movie. It never faltered.”
Sony is still progressing with the franchise though with the futuristic animated series “Ghostbusters: Ecto Force” still on the way. There’s also early plans for something that Reitman says will bridge the old and new “Ghostbusters” films, but doesn’t like the term cinematic universe:
“I hate using those terms – it diminishes what we’re going to end up doing. But we’re hoping we can make sense of these two parallel movies [the original series and the Feig reboot] – we have an idea for it, we’re working on it.”
“Ghostbusters” is now out in cinemas.