Ghostbusters is having a moment. Just months after the cast for the female-centric reboot of the cult 1984 film was revealed, Sony has announced plans to develop yet another, male-centric movie based on the original.
Canadian actor Dan Akroyd and director Ivan Reitman have reportedly teamed up to form the new production company called Ghostcorps, which will work to revive Ghostbusters as a bona fide franchise with multiple branding opportunities.
Although few details are known so far, it’s thought that Magic Mike hunk Channing Tatum will help produce and possibly star in the new project as a lead character.
Channing will produce and possibly star in the male-centric reboot. Photo © Getty
Meanwhile, former Bridesmaids co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig will take the lead in an all-female, Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters project, along with Saturday Night Live comediennes Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Paul, who has worked with both Kristen and Melissa on Bridesmaids and The Heat, has also confirmed the release date for the film – July 22, 2016 (Prince George’s third birthday!).
The cast of the new Ghostbusters, out July 22, 2016. Photo © Getty
“Ghostbusters is such a great thing and everybody knows it,” Paul previously told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a shame to just let this thing sit there. My favourite thing to do is work with funny women.
“I was like, what if it was an all-female cast? That would be really fun.”
The cast are expected to start filming the remake in New York in the summer. Paul has also said that the movie will be set in the modern day.
“I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today,” he said.
The original Ghostbusters grossed $295 million worldwide. Photo © Getty
Fewer details are known about the Channing-fronted film, but Ivan Reitman promises that it will “build on” the all-women version.
"We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment," Ivan told Deadline. "Paul Feig's film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world ... the second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that."