Action/comedy series Ghostbusters is joining the long line of classic Hollywood franchises getting a reboot, with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig helming a film led by an all-women team of paranormal hunters. For a while, it looked like that project would be joined by a male-driven spinoff featuring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt; however, Tatum’s producing partner, Reid Carolin, has since said that project is on indefinite hold.
Nonetheless, those who want to see this new film (featuring Magic Mike and Burt Macklin busting ghosts) may have hope yet, as the movie’s screenwriter Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) has confirmed that he recently completed a script treatment for the project.
While speaking with MTV to promote Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (which Pearce co-wrote), the scribe offered an update on the other Ghostbusters movie, teasing fans with an idea that seems to serve up spectacle and ambition:
“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, and the Russo brothers — who did ’Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and are doing ’Civil War’ at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!”
Later, on his Twitter account, Pearce clarified that he has not finished a script yet for said Ghostbusters spinoff – adding that it will not be “all-male,” confirming rumors that followed the initial reports on the project:
For the record, my GB idea has a mixed gender team. Also ghosts of all classes (I to VII). It's very inclusive that way.— Drew Pearce (@mrdrewpearce) July 29, 2015
Also, I've only written a bible (because I have to go off and direct my own stuff). No script yet. So news cycle: CHILL YOUR BOOTS.— Drew Pearce (@mrdrewpearce) July 29, 2015
It’s worth noting that although Sony hasn’t green-lit Pearce’s Ghostbusters spinoff yet, it makes sense that the studio hasn’t abandoned the project altogether. Sony doesn’t have a plethora of his franchises under its belt (Spider-Man notwithstanding, and even that is partially owned by Marvel Studios now), so their incentive in trying to expand Ghostbusters for business purposes remains the same.
With the beloved old guard from previous Ghostbusters films out, the topic of conversation for any new installment in the series is the cast. Pearce had some thoughts on that matter as well, offering a glimmer of hope for those wishing to see Tatum and Pratt join forces with their impressive comedic chops:
“That’s 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.”
The second part of that quote is the most telling, as it’s far from a given the two actors will actually sign on. Tatum may be available if he drops the Gambit movie, as rumored. However, pesky scheduling difficulties may prevent him and Pratt from teaming up, as the latter now has a Jurassic World sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and sci-fi drama Passengers on the horizon. It would be exciting to see the two headline a Ghostbusters movie, but it’s best not to hold your breath for that (or the spinoff in general) until further notice.
Ghostbusters opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016. We’ll keep you updated on the spinoff as more information becomes available.