Sony Now Plans a Male Centric ‘Ghostbusters’ Starring Channing Tatum, With The Russo Brothers Directing
It was recently announced that the Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) signed with Sony Pictures. Once finished with Captain America threequel, Captain America: Civil War, it was assumed the dynamic duo would be tackling a new Spider-Man film for Sony. So radically wrong is that assessment. The film that they’re actually being eyed for… is a male counterpart Paul Feig’s female-centric Ghostbusters. Drew Pierce (Iron Man 3) is set to write, with Channing Tatum to produce and co-star.
Ivan Reitman – director of the original 1984 Ghostbusters – spoke with Deadline about the Channing Tatum Ghostbusters project:
We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment. This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July, 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.
If you think Sony is just throwing as much Ghostbusters related media out there in the hopes that one of them catches on, apparently a “Ghostcorps” is something Reitman and Dan Aykroyd had long discussed. In fact, it is remarkably close to the branding prospects included in a cosmic Bible for the possibilities that they hatched 30 years ago, ideas which were used to form the original film.
The Russo Brothers, who are prepping their second Captain America pic Captain America: Civil War (Sony’s signature superhero Spider-Man is expected to make an appearance), have also been mentioned as being sought by Marvel to direct the Avengers Infinity Wars 1 & 2— taking over for Joss Whedon — so depending how fast Drew Pearce hands in a finalized script, the two could easily just be on this GB project as producers.
What do you think about having two gender exclusive Ghostbusters properties in development? What do you think about Channing Tatum as a Ghostbuster? Could we legitimately have a chance to have the Ghostbusters world wrapped into the 21 Jump Street series? Now that’s an idea!