Ivan Reitman, who is producing Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, has provided an official statement clarifying and debunking the rumors of the so-called “all-male” followup movie. That movie, which was apparently going to star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, has been an on-and-off project for a while, it seems, with the latest update occurring this week when Drew Pearce, the screenwriter of this other movie, said it was still happening, even dropping Reitman’s name as part of that project in addition to the Russo brothers as directors.
But Reitman is denying that there’s another movie in development, which is consistent with what we heard about that movie’s status back in June. Here is the statement he provided to Uproxx:
“There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the Ghostbusters franchise. As the producer of the new Ghostbusters film, I feel the need to clarify. There is only one new Ghostbusters movie and that is the Paul Feig directed version coming next July, presently filming and going fantastically. The rest is just noise.”
So, if there is another Ghostbusters movie happening, Reitman doesn’t know about it. Dan Aykroyd has said in the past that a whole Ghostbusters universe has been discussed, and that would involve the cast from Feig’s movie teaming up with the cast from this other movie and expanding into a brand new Ghostbusters franchise. It’s entirely possible that Pearce has a script ready, but, according to Reitman — currently the resident Grand Poobah of Ghostbusters — it’s not something that’s going into production.