Film franchises are nothing new. From Star Wars to Star Trek, Indiana Jones to Lord of The Rings and most recently, Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games, we’ve become accustomed to seeing sagas unfold across multiple movies on our cinema screens.
Did we ever think Ghostbusters would count itself among them though? The first two films did rather well at the international box office but with the promised third movie continually failing to materialise, it seemed they were destined to remain cult classics.
However, there’s no business like showbusiness when it comes to making the most of a money-spinner, so we weren’t exactly shocked when Sony revealed plans to take director Ivan Reitman’s creation and give it its very own cinematic universe. (As if sealing a new Spider-Man deal with Marvel wasn’t enough to keep them busy in 2015.)
So, what exactly do they plan to do with the Ghostbusters franchise? Here’s everything you need to know…
What in the name of Bill Murray is Ghost Corps?
Great name, innit? Well, at least they’re being imaginative. Ghost Corps is the official title of the collective Sony has put together and it’ll actually be headed up by Ivan Reitman and co-creator Dan Aykroyd, which can only be a good thing for fans of the original movies.
The collective will oversee everything Sony does with the franchise from here on in, not just on the big screen but also in television and merchandising.
Hasn’t Ghostbusters been done on TV before though?
You’re not wrong there. Animated series The Real Ghostbusters ran from 1986 to 1991 and it was followed by Extreme Ghostbusters in 1997.
What’s Channing Tatum got to do with all this then?
He’s basically the main reason the franchise hit the headlines today. Tatum’s going to be producing a new male Ghostbusters movie. The as-yet-unnamed feature will be penned by Iron Man 3’s Drew Pearce and directed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Antony Russo.
They hope to have it in cinemas in 2017 and Deadline says there are high hopes for Tatum to do some ghoul hunting himself. Given his success in rebooting 21 Jump Street for the studio, we wouldn’t argue with them on that one.
Are they still making that all-female Ghostbusters reboot?
Yes, that’s still the plan and they’re sticking to it. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones have been cast as the new ghostbusting gals on the block and they’ll still get their day in the spook-smashing sun.
In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date!