Despite the poor commercial performance of last year's Ghostbusters reboot, Sony isn't abandoning the paranormal franchise. Currently plans include releasing an animated movie in the coming years and working on the animated TV series Ghostbusters: Ecto Force. As for what one of these big screen stories might be about, Ivan Reitman, the man who directed the original two Ghostbusters movies and produced the reboot, thinks that it would be interesting if the next tale could take place in other areas of the globe rather than just remain in one location. Reitman explained:
What we've been doing a lot of is thinking about the franchise rights for Ghostbusters. Because Ghostbusters, that idea doesn't have to just take place in New York. It could happen over the world. I think it would be really cool to see Korean ghosts or Chinese ghosts. All those great traditions in the world have all these historical stories, all these tales of things those people are afraid of. To have a sort of local group of Ghostbusters that maybe tie with [the] head office in New York would be fun.
The three Ghostbusters movies released so far have only been set in New York City, and while the Big Apple is packed with people from a lot of different cultures, this global idea Reitman brought up during his interview with Super News Live (which also included Ernie Hudson, a.k.a. Winston Zeddmore) sounds like a logical next step forward. Ghosts are floating around across the world, so other major cities would need their own Ghostbusters team to make sure that these spirits aren't harming the living. And as Reitman suggested, you could still incorporate the main Ghostbusters branch, but at least taking the international approach would show audiences how the ghosts in China, Korea, Egypt, England, etc, are different than the ones that have been causing mayhem in New York for decades.
The Ghostbusters reboot was intended to launch a new series of movies, and while it was surrounded by controversy during its production, it scored a decent amount of positive reviews. However, the movie only earned a little over $229 million worldwide, and it cost $144 million to make (not including marketing). Right now, the chances of a direct sequel being made look slim, but along with the animated projects mentioned earlier, Reitman has alluded that at least one live action movie is being worked on. Should said movie be greenlit, including other locations for a team to bust some ghosts would be a good way to differentiate it from what's come before, not to mention potentially draw more worldwide interest for the franchise. More international appeal ideally means more money.
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