We know that Paul Feig’s female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot is happening, and is filming as we speak. There were rumblings that the studio also wanted a dude-centered tie in, ideally starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, though those rumors took a hit recently. But once again it looks like that project may still happen, at least according to the guy writing the script.
MTV caught up with Drew Pearce at the New York premiere of Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, which he worked on. He is also the one tasked with writing the script for the other movie about jumpsuit-wearing paranormal investigators. When asked if this Ghostbusters is going to happen, he said:
Oh yeah. 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!
So not only does Pearce confirm that this is going down (am I the only one who read his ‘oh yeah’ in the Kool-Aid Man voice?), it appears that it is going to get rolling before too awful long. We’re about a year away from Feig’s Ghostbusters, and it sounds like we could be hearing more about this expanding world in relatively short order.
And at least from what Pearce revealed, it sounds like the plan is still to have the movie fronted by Chris Pratt, no matter what he says about that not being the case, and Channing Tatum. However, that could just be a studio pipe dream. The writer says those are the actors they have in mind as they move forward with the project, though he admits all of the casting stuff goes on outside of his purview, and it’s his job to give whoever takes the leads "something exciting" to do.
One interesting note is that, according to rumors that just started circulating, Channing Tatum may be leaving Fox’ Gambit, which he has been attached to for quite some time. While the two events may be wholly unrelated, the timing is enough to spark off speculation.
There’s been a lot of talk about how a potential male Ghostbusters would fit with Paul Feig’s reboot, and while he doesn’t have much sway in this arena, Pearce says he’s in favor of a shared universe. He adds:
My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same ’Ghostbusters’ universe, because I feel, as a fan, that’s what I would want. Standing here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together. Whether that happens or not we’ll see, but I’ve certainly given them the tools to do that, I hope.
All of this is, of course, unofficial, and scripts get written all the time and don’t ever wind up on the silver screen, so who knows if this will happen or not, who will star, or if it will connect to Feig’s film. However this goes down, we can see the other Ghostbusters, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon on July 22, 2016.