Two years ago, Sony tried to reboot the Ghostbusters franchise with what happened to be an all-female cast-- planning to release more sequels afterward. Things didn't go in that direction, as not only did the movie underperform and receive middling reviews, but it was hounded by internet trolls almost from Day One. Ultimately, despite a post-credits scene teasing a sequel, it seems the franchise is on stasis. Even though a sequel seems unlikely at this point, it sounds like it would have been pretty interesting, as director Paul Feig says it would have taken the Ghostbusters to Asia.
I definitely wanted us to go to another country. Because when we were doing the press tour, the international press tour, every country the reporters would come with these drawings or artist renderings of that country's ghosts. And every country has these really wild ghost stories and ghost characters that they scare kids with or keep people in line with. I really loved the idea of the Ghostbusters going to like Asia. Yeah, so there's a lot of fun stuff what we could have done.
Every Ghostbusters film has been set in New York City, which has a lot of ghosts to keep the team busy. But it's a big planet, and lots of countries have their own takes on ghost stories that feature unique and spooky creatures. That's part of the reason why Ghostbusters 2 would have taken the team out of the Big Apple to have an adventure overseas.
Director Paul Feig appeared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, wherein he dished on what he wanted to do with Ghostbusters 2. During the press tour, Feig received all kinds of drawings and stories from other countries about their mythology and ghost stories. America may have cursed dolls and evil nuns, it isn't the only source of spooky tales in the world, and Ghostbusters 2 could have featured a trip to Asia.
It's definitely a cool idea and a fresh perspective that hasn't been seen in the franchise. Ivan Reitman voiced the same opinion of taking the sequel to Asia one year ago. Interestingly, Ghostbusters was banned in China due to obscure censorship guidelines involving the occult, so that might have been a hurdle the proposed sequel would have had to face. However, from a business perspective, China is the biggest foreign market and American studios have made attempts to appeal to that market with partnerships for films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers: Age of Extinction.
It's unclear if a sequel to Ghostbusters will happen one day but it seems unlikely. Sony is trying to nail down plans for the franchise with a variety of projects but nothing concrete has happened just yet. Stick with CinemaBlend and we'll be sure to keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.