‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off still happening, Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt maybe still starring
You going to welch out on starring in this movie too, Tatum? Eh? Eh!
First of all, let’s recall what original Ghostbusters director and producer Ivan Reitman said back in March when reports of the Russo Brothers directed spin-off first surfaced online:
“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. 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. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”
Some details on that shared universe surfaced the same day, including plans for a prequel and an eventual meeting of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters with the other team from the Russo Brothers’ spin-off. But remember, we heard more recently that Pratt was not involved in this project, and saw Tatum say it might be off the table.
But when MTV caught up with the project’s writer Drew Pearce, as he’s promoting Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, he revealed that he was working on the script very recently and actually finished it this month:
“I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks. 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!”
When asked about the involvement of Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum, Pearce confirmed:
“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.”