There used to be a time that the question “who you gonna call?” was a fairly easy one to answer. Hell, some of us even remember the number to call (555-2368)! You knew that if you had a problem with poltergeists and needed someone who was ready to believe, you called Drs. Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, and even trusted the one member of the ‘Busters without a PhD., Winston Zeddmore. Times, they are a-changing, and earlier this year, we learned that a whole new group of Ghostbusters would be heading to the big screen without a Y-chromosome to be found. Last night, it was revealed that the “who you gonna call?” question was getting even tougher to answer, now that it’s been revealed that Sony plans on launching an entire universe around the concept. Today, we have even more details on this otherworldly expansion.
It was reported yesterday that Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman would be leading “Ghostcorps”, the new arm of Sony that will be responsible for taking the Ghostbusters brand to another level, and expanding the universe beyond just the super exciting Paul Feig reboot. One of the first orders of business for Ghostcorps is to produce a counterpart to Fieg’s female-led reboot, and if the rumors are correct, Channing Tatum is set to star. As some may remember, during the Sony leak, it was discovered that Tatum wanted to be involved with a new Ghostbusters movie, alongside the he’s-so-hot-right-now Chris Pratt. In case you missed it, here were his exact words, per the leaked email:
“Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. COME OONNNN!!!”
It isn’t tough to find his excitement over the project. Thanks to Badass Digest, we have a few more details regarding the Tatum vehicle this morning.
First, it looks like the dream combination of Tatum/Pratt will actually happen. Tatum has shown that he can be more than just a bit hilarious (21 Jumpstreet, 22 Jumpstreet, This Is The End) and has no problem being a bit of a goof. Pratt, well, he is just wonderful and there is no doubt at all that he can bring in the funnies. Putting these two friends in a movie together is a genius move and if somehow the movie winds up being terrible, Drew Pearce (who is rumored to be writing the script) may have a tough time finding work in Hollywood again.
Next, in contrast to some reports (including our own), the new Tatum/Pratt starrer will NOT be male centric. Some outlets reported that this new movie would be a male counterpart to Feig’s movie but, really, it is simply another movie in the shared universe that just happens to have a couple of males in the lead. The cast is reportedly going to be diverse but time will tell. It would be pretty petty of Akyroyd and Reitman to produce a Ghostbusters movie that would basically be a “fuck you” to the Feig reboot and I can’t imagine many fans would find this acceptable. So, the smart move would be to make this group as diverse as possible. Let’s hope that’s what we get.
Finally, it looks like Sony will be using the Ghostbusters brand as a “catch-all umbrella for a world of supernatural comedies”, and there are currently four movies being developed. In addition to the Tatum/Pratt flick and the Feig entry, Sony is currently planning a crossover between those two movies, plus a prequel that could land anywhere, as long as it doesn’t involve the original human characters.
Even before Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon were first revealed to be the new team that would be donning the proton packs in a Ghostbusters reboot, original series star Aykroyd alluded to the new expansion, which means that Ghostcorps is not a new idea.
“My whole thinking on Ghostbusters now is it’s beyond just a sequel, a prequel, another movie, another TV Show. I’m thinking now, what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What’s Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox? Everybody, all of us on the team there now, the executives, the creatives, myself, Ivan (Reitman), we’re thinking more in terms of what do we build this thing into in the next ten years? Just not another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? What’s the whole mythology from the beginning of their lives to the end of their lives? Ghostbusters at 9-years-old, Ghostbusters in high school.”
The fact that the idea has been gestating for a while does not guarantee success, of course, but it is a bit comforting to know that Sony isn’t just throwing together a half-hearted attempt to form a shared universe (or suck up box office bucks). Instead, it appears to be a well calculated plan to give Ghostbusters fans a universe to cheer. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, so all we can do while we wait is keep our fingers crossed and do our best to not cross streams.
Are you excited for all of the possibilities the new Ghostbusters universe holds? Do you think it is oversaturation? Which movie would you be most excited to see?