Following news of a female-centric remake of “Ghostbusters” comes word that another remake of the 1984 hit is in the works, this time with a male cast.
Writing on Deadline.com, Mike Fleming Jr. reports: “Sony Pictures is broadening the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise and the first order of business will be an action-centric comedy that is a counterpart to the Paul Feig-directed film that will start production in June. The studio is simultaneously forming Ghostcorps, a new production company whose principals include original ‘Ghostbusters’ architects Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd; they will have offices at Sony with the mission to scare up branding opportunities based on the 1984 comedy classic.”
Joe and Anthony Russo are on board with the new project, aiming to produce and direct, Fleming notes. Drew Pearce is set to write, with Channing Tatum and his partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan set to produce.
“The hope is for Tatum to play one of the Ghostbusters in this film,” Fleming notes. “Given his versatility and franchising success in ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Magic Mike,’ he’s a good cornerstone to launch another ‘Ghostbusters’ series.”
Sony’s Paul Feig-directed version — the female “Ghostbusters” — will star Melissa McCarthy and “SNL” regulars past and present: Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.