Sony Planning 4 Ghostbusters Movies in a Marvel-Style Shared Universe
The news broke last night that Sony was planning a "guy-centric" Ghostbusters film along with their all-female reboot, but a new report suggests that up to four Ghostbusters films may be in the works, in service of creating a Marvel-style shared universe.
First of all, according to the report from Badass Digest, the film to be produced in tandem with the Paul Feig reboot is not particularly "guy-centric," but will likely star Channing Tatum, who is also producing, and Chris Pratt. This doesn't mean that the film will be more geared towards men necessarily, just that real-life friends Tatum and Pratt are interested in collaborating. That sounds slightly better to me, as planning an all-male reboot would have indicated that Sony isn't giving the female reboot a fair shake. Still, I'll reserve judgment until we find out if they actually cast any women that are more than arm candy.
The report also suggested that the third film in the rebooted franchise would combine the two teams for an Avengers-esque team-up film: "The plan is to have this new Ghostbusters universe feel big and have the kind of tonal variety that allows there to be a legitimate shared universe, not just a whole bunch of franchises running in tandem. What's more, the hope is that after Feig's Ghostbusters is out and after Tatum's Ghostsbusters is out the next film will see the two teams co-mingling, Avengers-style."
These films are all intended to lead up to a larger shared universe, in an effort to ape Marvel's wildly successful business model: "'Ghostbusters' is going to be the catch-all umbrella for a world of supernatural FX comedies. That world will truly become clear in the team-up film."
Although Badass Digest are sometimes rumor mongerers, they're usually fairly reliable, and Ivan Reitman essentially confirmed the shared universe in yesterday's announcement: "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 to Deadline. "This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy... It's just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies."
And speaking of Marvel, now that the Russo Brothers are officially directing the Channing Tatum/Chris Pratt Ghostbusters, does this mean they're out of contention for Avengers: Infinity War? This would be surprising, as they were considered to be the top candidates to replace Joss Whedon after Avengers: Age of Ultron, not to mention disappointing, as I thought Captain America: Winter Soldier was one of the best Marvel movies so far.
The Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters reboot will star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, and is planned to come out in theaters in July 2016. The Russo Brothers' film is expected to come out in 2017.