In addition to the all-female Ghostbusters, Sony is also developing a male-driven Ghostbusters movie.
Deadline reports Anthony and Joe Russo, who just signed a first-look deal with Sony, look to be attached to direct and produce the new male Ghostbusters movie, with Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce penning the script.
Channing Tatum is also set to be onboard as a producer, with it likely that Tatum will star as one of the new Ghostbusters as well (recently leaked Sony e-mails revealed Tatum was interested in Ghostbusters along with Chris Pratt).
It’s further reported that Sony has plans to expand the Ghostbusters franchise as a “Ghostcorps” – a new production company – is being formed to oversee the franchise, which will have original director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd involved (more than likely Aykroyd will be featured in the new Ghostbusters).
The female Ghostbusters movie will launch July 2016 and marks the start of the new franchise from director Paul Feig starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong and Leslie Jones.
“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 said. “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.”