They ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but it looks like the makers of the 2016 Ghostbusters movie reboot may be afraid of a sequel. The film’s director Paul Feig admitted in an interview with Den of Geek that a Ghostbusters sequel is currently looking rather unlikely to happen. The movie didn’t exactly do horrendously at the worldwide box office, with figures in the multi-millions, but apparently Sony had expected it to do better, requiring the film to reach a total of $300 million to actually make up for production costs – which it did not do.
“If the studio was knocking on the door to do another one, I’d have to think about it. We had so much fun, and I’d love to work with that team again. But I would be very surprised.”
It was quite apparent earlier this year that Ghostbusters was receiving – to put it politely – some mixed reviews. Its updated all-female cast received something of a social media backlash and many hardened fans of the original Ghostbusters were not happy to see the much-loved classic get a modern remake. In any case, whether you liked the new movie or not, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing another one of the same vein any time soon.
Despite reports that co-stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones have signed up for two sequels, it is looking less and less likely that they will materialize after the film did not meet financial expectations. However, there are rumours that the studio executives at Sony are discussing the possibility of creating an animated Ghostbusters feature next, as well as an animated series called Ghostbusters: Ecto Force, which is due in early 2018. It seems as though Sony is intent on keeping the Ghostbusters franchise alive, but that the studio has chosen to focus its future efforts on animated avenues for the moment.