Sony Pictures is shifting around its plans for a “Ghostbusters” reboot to broaden it out into something more akin to a “Ghostbusters” Cinematic Universe.
The studio is forming Ghostcorps, a new production company to be run by several people including Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, that will attempt to create branding opportunities based on the 1984 comedy classic – branching it out into multiple films, shows and tie-in merchandise.
First on the list is to create a male-driven action-centric comedy counterpart to the all-female “Ghostbusters” project which Paul Feig is slated to direct and stars the likes of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. That film begins shooting in June.
This ‘male counterpart’ film isn’t some throwaway idea either as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Joe and Anthony Russo are said to be looking at potentially helming and producing , “Iron Man 3” and “Mission: Impossible 5” scribe Drew Pearce will write it, and Channing Tatum will produce and potentially star in it.
Reitman says this male film has a strong idea that builds on the Feig film. The plan is for the Russos to shoot the film Summer 2016 for a release in 2017.