The beloved sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters became a cult favorite in the '80s, prompting a sequel, Ghostbusters II, to be released five years later. Although a third installment of the series was long in development, it wasn't until last year that Sony Entertainment made any headway on the production of another Ghostbusters film. Paul Feig (Spy, Bridesmaids) signed on to co-write and direct a reboot featuring female Ghostbusters, which is currently filming.
Shortly after Feig's film was announced, it was reported that Sony was also working with Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War) on a Ghostbusters spinoff that would potentially star Channing Tatum (Magic Mike XXL) and Chris Pratt (Jurassic World). It seemed that the second Ghostbusters movie was stalled, until screenwriter Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) recently mentioned he finished the bible for film. Now, director of the original Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman has offered another update on the feature.
Latino Review is reporting Reitman issued a statement about the Russos' Ghostbusters film, saying that the Feig-helmed feature is the only one in development at Sony. In addition to directing and producing both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Reitman is a producer on Feig's reboot along with former Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal.
Read Reitman's full statement:
"Sometimes things happen at the speed they are supposed to happen... The deals were so strong on that second movie that the franchise became frozen for 25 years. Nothing got done, we all had the power to block whatever we didn't like, but we finally got together and found a way.
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."
Following Pearce's original comments, in which he said his work on the Ghostbusters spinoff was done and he had a "gigantic bold idea" that the Russos and Reitman would develop, the screenwriter clarified that the project does not yet have a script. Adding to the confusion surrounding the spinoff, Pratt previously denied rumors that he would be starring in the film alongside Tatum.
Although Reitman's statement leaves little room for argument, it's possible Sony is still keeping the idea of the spinoff on the back burner while they actively develop Feig's Ghostbusters. In the recent past, the studio was developing multiple films to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 2 before reworking their entire Spider-Man plan when the sequel didn't perform as well as expected.
It may be the case, then, that Sony is waiting to see how the new Ghostbusters is received critically and how it performs at the box office before the studio makes any real plans for a sequel, or a Tatum-starring spinoff. For now, it seems that Sony is only working on Feig's Ghostbusters.
Ghostbusters opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016.
Source: Latino Review