Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd want to turn Ghostbusters into a full-blown franchise for Sony.
Ghostbusters fans were excited, but perhaps a little confused to learn that the series would be seeing a revival... featuring an all-female cast. The good news is that the Ghostbusters revival train isn't just stopping with the all-female reboot, as Sony plans to turn Ghostbusters into a full-blown franchise, and has already announced a second, male-led film is already in the works.
"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," director Ivan Reitman told Deadline.
"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," he continued.
Reitman, along with Ghostbusters co-star Dan Aykroyd, will be heading the newly formed "GhostCorps" studio at Sony. "My primary focus will be to build the Ghostbusters into the universe it always promised it might become. The original film is beloved, as is the cast, and we hope to create films we will continue to love," he said.
As for the casting in the second male-let film, Channing Tatum and his partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, who are attached to produce with the hope for Tatum to play one of the Ghostbusters himself.
Drew Pearce, who wrote Iron Man 3 and Mission Impossible 5, is said to be writing the new movie.