Thanks to mostly positive reviews and an all-star cast of female actresses, it was clear that the enthusiasm behind this year’s Ghostbusters reboot was high at Sony, with Amy Pascal going so far as to say that the franchise would have an endless amount of sequels in the future. After being closed out of a release in China though, and an unfortunate release date that pinned it between this summer’s surprise hit in The Secret Life of Pets and two franchise tentpoles in Jason Bourne and Star Trek Beyond, it looks like the future of the new Ghostbusters franchise isn’t as bright as the studio had hoped.
Now, THR is projecting that the film will lose a total of $70 million or higher at the box office by the end of its theatrical run, even despite still waiting on releases in international regions like Japan, France, and Mexico. The report goes on to state that a live-action sequel to the film is unlikely now, due to its box office disappointment.
While we still wait on any official announcements about the live-action sequel’s fate though, it does look like Sony is still interested in pursuing more Ghostbusters content in the coming years, this time on the animated front, with a new TV series called Ghostbusters: Ecto Force set to premiere sometime in 2018, and an animated feature film reportedly set to be released possibly as early as 2019.
A Sony rep did comment on the film as well, and it seems like the studio is standing behind the reboot, even despite its underwhelming box office returns:
“We’re very proud of the bold movie Paul Feig made, which critics and audiences loved. It has enlivened a 30-year-old brand and put it into the modern zeitgeist. As a result, we have many ideas in the works to further exploit the Ghostbusters universe.”
It’s unclear what the future of the franchise holds for now, as things on the animated front seem to remain unchanged, while more live-action films seem very unlikely for the time being.
It’d be a shame honestly, to let this kind of cast go to waste though, and considering it’s still unknown what the animated series or film will be about and who will be the stars of either project, who knows? Maybe we haven’t seen the last of this bad ass, female crew. Though, it’s entirely possible they could return on a medium different than we expected them to.
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