If the idea of the female-centric Ghostbusters that Paul Feig is getting ready to shoot has left you cold, then maybe this will be more to your liking.
Deadline is reporting that in addition to the aforementioned reboot of the horro-comedy franchise, the studio is now in the process of developing second Ghostbusters film which will be more male-driven as a possible starring vehicle for Channing Tatum. There is no word if the films will be connected in some way or if they will remain separate entities.
In association with Ghostbuster franchise creator Dan Aykroyd and original films director/producer Ivan Reitman, the studio has founded Ghostcorps, an in-house production company whose mission is to further expand the franchise in film as well as other avenues.
Taking the creative helm of this new iteration of Ghostbusters are Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo and Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pierce. The Russo Brothers have signed a first-look deal with the studio just last week, a move which many have speculated was a prelude to them possibly taking over the Spider-Man franchise, now that Sony was going to be sharing the character with Marvel Studios.
As Reitman explained to Deadline –
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… 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.
The Russo Brothers have long been touted by fans as a great replacement to take charge of Marvel Studios’ third Avengers epic, the two part Infinity War, if Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron director Joss Whedon follows through on his hints about possibly leaving the franchise for other opportunities. But with those two films scheduled for a 2018 and 2019 release respectively, they could conceivably still shoot their Ghostbusters film in 2016 before needing to report to Marvel for Infinity War.