A new male-led Ghostbusters movie is in the works at Sony Pictures alongside the forthcoming all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.
Channing Tatum and his producing partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan are attached to produce the male-led Ghostbusters film, Deadline reports, and Sony is hopeful that the Magic Mike actor will also star.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, are being lined up to direct from a script by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible 5.
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures has also set up a new production company called Ghostcorps whose bosses will include Ghostbusters co-creator Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman, director of the first two Ghostbusters films starring Aykroyd and Bill Murray.
Discussing the remit of Ghostcorps, Reitman told Deadline: “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. This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy.”
“Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016,” Reitman continued. “He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”
Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters film is set for release on July 22, 2016. Bridesmaids actresses McCarthy and Wiig will co-star alongside Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Jones recently shared the first picture of the film’s four main cast members assembled together.