There’s been a rumor going around for months now that, in addition to the all-female team of Ghostbusters making their debut in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot, we would also see another team of male ‘Busters (potentially including Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt) in a movie of their own. The general idea being, both teams would eventually meet one another in an Avengers-style team up movie, establishing Ghostbusters as Sony’s attempt at a shared cinematic universe.
Now there’s at least some confirmation part of this is true! Screenwriter Drew Pearce told MTV that not only has he been writing a movie with a second set of Ghostbusters, but that he’s finished with his pass at the story.
“Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did ’Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and are doing ’Civil War’ at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!”
Pearce also seemed pretty matter of fact name dropping that Tatum and Pratt are on Sony’s wish list:
“That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project. Whether that happens or not is very much above my pay grade. It’s just my job to give them something exciting that maybe they’ll do.”
Will it happen? That remains to be seen, but both dudes are certainly keeping themselves busy these days. I’d imagine it would cost Sony a decent chunk of change to land both actors for this franchise, but I’m kind of rooting for this project, just because I think if they’re going to do new Ghostbusters movies anyway (an idea I’m still certainly not in love with), the idea of multiple teams each doing their own thing and existing in the same continuity seems pretty fun. There’s no guarantee that will happen, even if this movie comes together, but Pearce seems hopeful:
“My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same ’Ghostbusters’ universe, because I feel, as a fan, that’s what I would want. Standing here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together. Whether that happens or not we’ll see, but I’ve certainly given them the tools to do that, I hope.”
If new Ghostbusters has to happen, I’d rather it happen with people who are funny and have good ideas. Names like Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones and Paul Feig and Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum fit that bill. So I’m willing to keep an open mind the new Ghostbusters could be cool… at least until Sony proves to me otherwise.