It seems like the idea of a Ghostbusters universe is still alive and well.
Deadline reported on Monday that Sony is working on a male-centered Ghostbusters movie with Channing Tatum and the Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) behind it. This news comes a week after the Russos signed a first-look deal with Sony.
The script will be penned by Drew Pearce, who recently wrote both Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible 5, with a release date tentatively set for 2017. This doesn’t interfere with the originally planned Ghostbusters movie that will be directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
The site adds that the hope is for Tatum to star as one of the Ghostbusters with the rest of the cast still open. Before the news of Feig helming a female cast, there were rumors of Jonah Hill possibly joining the cast and with his Jump Street co-star signed on, this could still happen.
One has to wonder if this will lead to a crossover film that would include both casts, but that is also dependent on how well both movies are received (oh, who are we kidding? It is probably already planned). The article did add that both movies are working within the same universe.
The other big question is whether this interferes with the Russo brothers and their Marvel plans. The duo is set to direct the follow-up to Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, which comes out in 2016. But rumors also pegged them as the heirs to the Avengers franchise with current director Joss Whedon hinting at his departure after this year’s Age of Ultron.
That is probably being worked out right now, but it is something to keep an eye out for, especially with the power that could be wielded with the planned, two-part Infinity Wars that the Russos would be directing.
Feig’s Ghostbusters is set to come out on July 22, 2016.