Sony Planning New All-Male ‘Ghostbusters’ With Channing Tatum
Looks like new Ghostbusters movies aren’t just for the gals. In a move that suggests the studio is interested in covering all its demographic bases, Sony is reportedly looking to make a new Ghostbusters movie that will feature an all-male cast.
The new movie will be a counterpart to the all-female Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Channing Tatum is on-board to produce this male Ghostbusters alongside partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, although the hope is that he will also play one of the Ghostbusters as well. If nothing else, his work in 21 Jump Street and its sequel show he’s got the comedic chops to pull it off. The cast surrounding him is going to be important though — that is, if Tatum even agrees to be an on-screen part of this franchise.
But this new movie isn’t the only new Ghostbusters property being put together, as Sony is forming Ghostcorps, “a new production company whose principals include original Ghostbusters architects Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd” which “will have offices at Sony with the mission to scare up branding opportunities based on the 1984 comedy classic.”
Naturally, that will start by finding solid filmmakers for this new Ghostbusters movie.
Deadline, which broke the story, goes into detail on the Ghostcorps and the new Ghostbusters movie:
Reitman confirmed these early plans to Deadline, and said that this was something he and Aykroyd had long discussed. In fact, it is remarkably close to the branding prospects included in a cosmic Bible for the possibilities that they hatched 30 years ago, ideas which were used to form the original film. They were rolling around ideas for Ghostcorps with top Sony execs Amy Pascal and Belgrad last fall at the Toronto Film Festival at Montecito. That’s the 12,000-square-foot restaurant that Reitman opened near the TIFF Bell Lightbox building, and which played host to several major festival premieres. Now, after Pascal left to become a producer on Feig’s Ghostbusters, they are ready to move on the branding effort.
“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment,” Reitman told me. “This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”
Reitman said that aside from himself and Aykroyd, Ghostcorps principals will be his longtime Montecito partner Tom Pollock, Ali Bell and Alex Plapinger, and Sony. They’ll take space on the Culver City lot, even as they continue operating Montecito as a separate production company. They have several pictures percolating at Paramount and they are getting close on a movie adaptation of Baywatch.
“My primary focus will be to build the Ghostbusters into the universe it always promised it might become. The original film is beloved, as is the cast, and we hope to create films we will continue to love.”
The female Ghostbusters is set for July 22, 2016, but there’s no such release date in place for the male Ghostbusters just yet, since the movie is still in its earliest stages. That said, it’s not too soon to start speculating on which four dudes the Ghostcorps should get for the reboot. Not to pillage all of SNL’s good talent, but I’d love to see Taran Killam get a shot in this. Bill Hader is also a favorite of mine. I mean, it’ll probably be guys like Jonah Hill or something, but I’d love if they went outside the box. How about H. Jon Benjamin? I’m just spitballing here. But what do you think? Which four guys would you want to see in the main cast? Sound off in the comments!