Ghostbusters has become its own Hollywood success story hopeful. After years of kicking around ideas for a Ghostbusters sequel that would reunite original ‘Busters Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd), Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), Sony decided to go back to the drawing board with one of their most popular franchises. Instead of producing a sequel to the original films, Sony decided to go the reboot route instead, with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig at the helm of a new Ghostbusters flick that will star four females as the ghostbusting team. Shortly after, thanks to the Sony leaks, it was revealed that Sony had not only one but TWO Ghostbusters movies in the works – the other reboot/sequel/reimagining set to star Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum. Little has been heard about the masculine entry in the franchise but thanks to scribe Drew Pearce, we can now confirm that the project is still in the works.
After the announcement that Sony would be putting together a shared universe in which many Ghostbusters movies would live, one project that truly had people excited was a GB flick with Pratt and Tatum set to star. How this movie will fit into the Ghostbusters universe is still to be seen (more on that later) but there are a couple of things we know for certain: Drew Pearce has officially written a “bible” that likely outlines where the movie should go; and the movie will NOT feature a male-centric team, as previously rumored. How do we know this? Pearce has alerted the world with a couple of tweets to let fans know the good news:
For the record, my GB idea has a mixed gender team. Also ghosts of all classes (I to VII). It’s very inclusive that way.
— Drew Pearce (@mrdrewpearce) July 29, 2015
Also, I’ve only written a bible (because I have to go off and direct my own stuff). No script yet. So news cycle: CHILL YOUR BOOTS. — Drew Pearce (@mrdrewpearce) July 29, 2015
Oh, but that’s not all! Mtv recently caught up with the Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation director, where Pearce confirmed that The Russo Brothers are still on board to direct.
“I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks. Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are doing Civil War at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!”
Now, here’s a bit of news that can be taken as you wish, but let’s chew on it a bit anyway. The one thing that many people find exciting about the project is the possibility of Pratt and Tatum joining forces and it looks like Pearce is still pushing for this to happen.
“That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project. Whether that happens or not is very much above my pay grade. It’s just my job to give them something exciting that maybe they’ll do.”
It’s probably important to mention that, as revealed by the Sony hack, Tatum was the one to pitch this idea in the first place, which would lead many to believe it is a passion project and that he would so what he could to stay on board. Then again, many would have said the same about Gambit, which the Magic Mike star was recently rumored to have left. The team up would be perfect but all fans can do at this point is hope and pray that all of the pieces fall into the right places.
Speaking of “right places”, Sony has a grand plan to create an entire universe for the Ghostbusters to play in and, as a fan, it appears that Pearce is on board with this plan.
“My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same Ghostbusters universe, because I feel, as a fan, that’s what I would want. Here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together. Whether that happens or not we’ll see, but I’ve certainly given them the tools to do that, I hope.”
When the news that Feig’s Ghostbusters would star females as the core team, misogynistic fans across the globe screamed out in protest, insisting that their rage had less to do with the females than it did with their “raped” childhoods. Considering the emails that were revealed during the Sony leak, while it never mentions sexism as a reason to move forward with a second reboot flick that would be male-centric, it is apparent that Sony did expect backlash. They could have sat back and just watched the box office dollars pour in from the Feig flick (no matter how many haters there are out there, this one is going to be a hit), then considered their next move. Instead, they made sure to have a male team in place, just for those that would rather take their Ghostbusters with a Y-chromosome. Luckily, it appears that those hoping for an all-male team are going to be a bit disappointed with the diversity that Pearce wants to inject into the franchise but, hey, them’s the breaks. Whether or not Sony’s gamble here will pay out big is still to be seen but it looks like those who are troubled by noises in the middle of the night, those who experience dread in their basement or attic, and those who have seen a spook, specter, or ghost will now have more than one number to call to get someone who is ready to believe them.
Which project has you more excited? Who would you like to see on the team with Pratt and Tatum?