After decades of a true Ghostbusters sequel being stuck in development hell, we finally learned a few months back that Paul Feig would be bringing a scary, all-female reboot to the big screen starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. This was met with your typical third-grade reaction from men across the Internet that all girls are gross and have cooties and therefore a Ghostbusters movie prominently featuring them would be bad.

Then, earlier today, it was reported that an all-male Ghostbusters movie – which will exist in the same universe as the all-female reboot – was in development from the Russo Brothers, writer Drew Pierce (Iron Man 3), and Channing Tatum. The Russos will potentially direct (if they don’t take on The Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2) and Tatum will almost certainly star. Now a new report may shed some light on the details of the film – as well as this new Ghostbusters universe as a whole.According to Badass Digest:

  • Chris Pratt will co-star alongside his good friend Channing Tatum.
  • Deadline‘s framing of the movie as an “all-maleGhostbusters companion movie to the “all-female” reboot is incorrect. Though the movie will focus on its two male leads, the team will not be composed entirely of men. Also, the concept apparently sprung out of the two actors’ real-life chemistry together.
  • There are four Ghostbusters movies currently in the works: the female reboot, the Tatum/Pratt movie, a movie which will see the two Ghostbusters teams cross over, and a (potentially period piece) prequel.
  • Not every one of these Ghostbusters movies will be about busting ghosts; rather, the ‘Ghostbusters’ brand will be a “catch-all umbrella for a world of supernatural FX comedies.”

The part about Chris Pratt joining Channing Tatum for a Ghostbusters movie shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. After all, emails were leaked during the Sony hacking scandal where Channing Tatum pitched that exact project.

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In Tatum’s own words:

“Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. COME OONNNN!!!”

Everything else is new but not particularly surprising either, given the direction so many franchises have taken in the wake of Marvel’s movie success. Basically, if these rumors are true, Sony is creating a Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe that will be able to pop out a new movie once every year, and then those movies can cross over with each other a la The Avengers.

The one piece of this news that is a little surprising is the part about other supernatural forces being the focus of some of these movies.

Now, previous Ghostbusters installments have dealt with paranormal entities that were NOT technically ghosts. In fact, in the first film, both Zuul and Vinz Clortho were demigods, and Gozer was an evil god-like being from an alternate dimension. Is that the kind of non-ghost supernatural business we can expect from the universe, or are we potentially looking at vampires, werewolves, zombies, abominable snowmen, and troll-babies gumming up the works as well?

What say you, Screen Ranters? Does a movie from the Russo Bros. starring Gambit and Star-Lord sound like fun to you? Do you like the sound of a Ghostbusters universe with other villainous supernatural forces? Drop us a line in the comments.

The all-female Ghostbusters reboot is expected to hit theaters July 22nd, 2016, while the Channing Tatum spinoff currently has no release date.

Source: Badass Digest