Keeping track of everything going on with the Ghostbusters franchise is enough to bust your brain. Of course there’s the Paul Feig-directed, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarty-starring version coming in June, and the animated version for the kids. Yet murmurs of a third Ghostbusters project continue to haunt the internet.
Rumors of a more bro-focused Ghostbusters reboot surfaced back in late-2014, with Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt possibly attached to star. Since then, things apparently “got messy” behind the scenes, and it began to look like this take on Ghostbusters was dead. But wait! In late 2015, it came out that Drew Pearce (co-writer of Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) had written a script for a third Ghostbusters film, and Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War) were attached to direct.
Well, this roller coaster is taking another plunge, as The Russos are apparently no longer involved in anything Ghostbusters-related due to their busy Marvel schedule:
“There was a period there when Paul Feig was engaging Sony in talks about Ghostbusters and we were also engaging them. He was further along with his process than we were and he closed his deal so that’s the only Ghostbusters world that’s being explored right now over at Sony. Once we took Avengers: Infinity War it took us off the table for any kind of any potential work on a Ghostbusters project.”
Has this project finally been busted? Not necessarily – we know a script exists, and that there are definitely plans for more Ghostbusters movies. It all comes down to how the upcoming movie is received. If it’s a critical and financial success, Columbia will rush more Wiig and McCarty-starring ‘Busters movies into production, and if it’s a flop, you best believe the Drew Pearce script will be dug out of the mothballs and C-Tates will get a call. Ultimately the only thing Hollywood is possessed by is a love of the almighty dollar, and it will decide where the Ghostbusters franchise goes next.