You wait several decades for a reboot of a spectral-themed Ivan Reitman comedy, and then two come along at once.
That’s right, the reaction to Paul Feig’s female-centric reboot of Ghostbusters has barely died down, but apparently Sony are already looking to take another shot at the franchise – with men again.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the plan is for a Channing Tatum-led picture to be released after Feig’s much-heralded version, which stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and is due to shoot this summer for a 2016 release.
The Tatum film will be written by Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo tipped to produce and direct it.
And it’s not just the writers and directors that Sony are borrowing from Marvel films, with the studio hoping to establish a Ghostbusters shared “cinematic universe” in the same way to the Marvel’s superhero films. Their planned Spider-Man one didn’t really work out, after all.
To that end, they’ve created a collective called Ghost Corps headed up by original film director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd, which will oversee the expansion of the property into more films, television and merchandising. Can’t help but feel they should have saved the cool name “Ghost Corps” for one of the new films, though…
Of course, this isn’t the first time Sony have considered reviving an old franchise by sprinkling some Channing Tatum on it, with plans to combine the star’s 22 Jump Street series with former Will Smith vehicle Men in Black revealed in leaked emails last year.
They don’t call him Magic Mike for nothing…