It looks like Sony wants to go all-in with the Ghostbusters.
After greenlighting director Paul Feig’s new take on the classic paranormal investigation team led by an all-female cast, Sony is now taking things a step further with the franchise. According to Variety, the studio has created “Ghost Corps” as a Ghostbusters-branded production banner that will oversee the creation of yet another cinematic universe, this time focusing on the concept first created by director Ivan Reitman and cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson in the 1984 film. The new organization will also seek out new branding opportunities associated with the franchise, and will also oversee production of new Ghostbusters films, as well as exploitations in television and other mediums and merchandising avenues.
Original franchise director Ivan Reitman and star/scribe Dan Aykroyd will be overseeing the new endeavor, along with executives from Reitman’s Montecito Productions. The first order of business for the new banner is to oversee the development of a counterpart Ghostbusters film to launch alongside Paul Feig’s version, and there are already some names attached to the prospective effort.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are described as “loosely” attached to the director’s chair for the new film, while Channing Tatum is onboard to produce with his regular partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. Screenwriter Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim) is also attached to write the film’s script.
While this is still very early in the overall process, Sony is certainly making a bold move forward with the franchise that has lain dormant since 1989’s Ghostbusters II. The films and their characters have certainly had a persistent presence in popular culture, with rumors of a third film with the original cast having persisted almost since Ghostbusters II hit theaters. With Bill Murray’s reluctance to return to the role of Peter Venkman coupled with the recent death of Harold Ramis, the possibility of new Ghostbusters material seemed slim at best before news began to circulate about Paul Feig’s film.
It’ll be interesting to see how well these new efforts are welcomed by the fans of the original film, given the somewhat spotty reputation some studios have had in rebooting 80’s properties. Still, with Reitman and Aykroyd attached to this production banner, there’s certainly hope that the spirit of the Ghostbusters as so many fans love them will not be lost in these new endeavors. For more on this as it develops, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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