In an attempt to reach out to a wider audience amid controversy, Sony Pictures has greenlit an all-male version of the classic comedy franchise “Ghostbusters.” It will be separately produced alongside the upcoming all-female reboot that was announced in August last year.
Deadline reported that Sony has formed a new production company, Ghostcorps, to produce their continuing franchise. People involved will be the director to the original film, Ivan Reitman, and actor Dan Aykroyd. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Anthony and Joe Russo are expected to direct this version, with Channing Tatum as a producer. A lead role for Tatum is also in consideration.
The franchise reboot, scheduled to begin production in June, is being directed by Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids,” “The Heat”) and starring Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. While some praised the gender switch, others have protested the shift in storytelling for deviating too far from the source material.
Development of a third film has been rumored for years. An idea was conceived in the 1990’s, but was cancelled primarily due to a lack of interest from some of the principle actors. One of the story concepts would later be translated into the 2009 multi-platform title “Ghostbusters: The Video Game.”
The all-male version is still in early development, and no release date has been announced.
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