Channing Tatum to star in new male-centric Ghostbusters movie
Channing Tatum is to star in a new male-centric Ghostbusters movie, set in the same universe as Paul Feig's forthcoming film.
Tatum has teamed up with Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd to produce a male-centric Ghostbusters movie, which Reitman has stated will complement Feig's female-centric movie, which is currently in pre-production.
Anthony and Joe Russo, who are currently working on Captain America: Civil War, are attached to direct the movie, which will have a script from Mission Impossible 3 writer Drew Pearce.
Speaking to Deadline about the announcement, Reitman said: "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."
He continued: "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. 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 [Pearce] 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."
Reitman added that he had been working on this plan for over 25 years, saying: "Sometimes things happen as the speed they are supposed to happen. The deals were so strong on that second movie that the franchise became frozen in place 25 years. Nothing got done, we all had the power to block whatever we didn't like, but we finally got together and found a way."
Paul Feig's new reboot of Ghostbusters will star Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and Saturday Night Live stars Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. It is due for release on July 22nd in 2016.