You’ll recall that this past summer’s Ghostbusters movie opened with the company logo “Ghost Corps”, which featured the Ghostbusters logo and signaled the idea that where there was one Ghostbusters movie, there will be more. That notion seemed somewhat dismissed with the less than stellar box office and fan reaction to the Paul Feig film, and apropos Feig himself said last week that there are no further Ghostbusters films in the works. But hold on, says the man that launched this whole Ghostbusters thing in the first place, just because there may be no further films following up on Feig’s doesn’t mean there will be no further Ghostbusters movies.
Ivan Reitman, the man that produced and directed Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, and co-produced Feig’s movie, seems to have quickly shot down the idea that no more Ghostbusters movies are in the works. “There’s going to be many other Ghostbusters movies, they’re just in development right now,” Reitman told the Mr. Wavvy podcast.
That presumes that when Feig said that “Nobody’s called me,” he meant just that, nobody’s reached out to him to do any further work on Ghostbusters. So perhaps there is a future for Ghostbusters, perhaps even a future for the Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones quartet, but Feig will not be a part of it.
That also comes in spite t of the movie’s reported $70 million loss, although franchise hungry Sony is quickly to downplay, if not disavow, that figure. “This loss calculation is way off,” a Sony rep told ComicBook.com. “With multiple revenue streams, including consumer products, gaming, location-based entertainment, continued international rollout, and huge third-party promotional partnerships that mitigated costs, the bottom line, even before co-financing, is not remotely close to that number.”
Likely that calculation is going to take a little while, but it’s doubtful that Sony is just going leave Ghostbusters alone now that they’ve broken the ice with the Feig movie. Love it or hate it, there’s no where to go but up for the franchise, right? We’ll keep you posted with all the latest development as they occur.