Sequel Saturday: Who You Gonna Call? More Ghostbusters!, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi
Barely a month after the news of Paul Feig (The Heat) directing a Ghostbusters reboot featuring a female foursome busting ghosts, Deadline reports that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Sony Pictures wants to blow this franchise up with more movies, TV shows, and merchandise. As Ivan Reitman (My Super Ex-Girlfriend) puts it, “all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment.” Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd’s (Nothing But Trouble) new production company Ghostcorps is planning on a follow-up Ghostbusters film starring Channing Tatum (Stop-Loss).
People might forget that Ghostbusters as a property hasn’t been exactly dead over the years. It has been present in a variety of media even though the last live-action film was Ghostbusters II back in 1989. Aside from a few animated series, there were several lines of action figures and video games. The most notable video game was 2009’s Ghostbusters, which featured the voices of most of the cast from the films including Bill Murray (Mad Dog and Glory). Let’s not forget the countless repackaging of the films on VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray.
Just because Sony Pictures wants to make a live-action film featuring a different cast of Ghostbusters, this doesn’t mean the previous female-led film will be invalidated. Maybe we’ll get a film linking the different Ghostbuster squads. Maybe they’ll be set in different cities or different time periods. The point I’m trying to make it all the essays floating around online bemoaning the announcement of a follow-up Ghostbusters film are a bit premature. We have no idea what the Tatum Ghostbusters film will be like. Hell, we know very little about Feig’s Ghostbusters film aside from a few cast members. Sony Pictures is clearly planning on turning this franchise into their very own Avengers style universe of motion pictures. Let’s hold onto our horses, watch the actual films, and come away with our own opinions at that point.