Remember back when those leaked Sony emails were all the news? In the middle of all that was a fun email exchange wherein Channing Tatum pitched an idea to do a Ghostbusters movie.
“Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE,” wrote Tatum. “I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. COME OONNNN!!!”
Since then, we have learned that Paul Feig is doing the next Ghostbusters film with an all-female team. It looked like the idea of Channing Tatum in Ghostbusters was not to happen after all.
But wait. Apparently Tatum caught someone’s attention.
In an email between Sony co-chair Amy Pascal and co-president of production for Columbia Pictures Hannah Minghell, the idea of putting Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt together in a Ghostbusters was considered. But they also were thinking about a multi-film arc that encompassed the all-female crew and the Tatum-Pratt crew.
Minghell told Pascal;
“So … in a curious turn of events — the Russos and Channing want to develop Ghostbusters as a vehicle for Channing and Chris Pratt to do together.
“The Russos, Channing and Reid have been brainstorming ideas and want to create a whole new mythology that would support multiple movies (the way that Nolan reinvented Batman). To be clear — the Russos want to produce (not direct) and while Channing and Chris are looking for a movie to do together they haven’t mentioned this to him yet because they weren’t sure how we’d react.”
“They want to make it simultaneously super scary while also super funny. They love the idea that they are mortal heroes who are believers in the paranormal and the only people who can defend mankind from a paranormal threat.
“I know we’re mid negotiations with Paul [Feig]. I’m not sure whether we’d ever develop two different versions simultaneously. Joe Russo is open to the idea that both movies could be developed in partnership so they compliment one another within the same Ghostbusters universe. Apparently the Russos are very close to Paul and Joe suggested Paul could be attached to direct both. Personally I think it’s possible for the female version to co-exist with this other version so maybe they’re not mutually exclusive.”
And now we have this news.
Sony Pictures is expanding its Ghostbusters movie franchise. Sony has launched Ghost Corps, an effort headed by original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd. Ghost Corps will oversee the expansion the Ghostbusters properties, and not only into more films, but into television and merchandising.
“My primary focus will be to build the Ghostbusters into the universe it always promised it might become,” Reitman told Deadline. “The original film is beloved, as is the cast, and we hope to create films we will continue to love.”
It looks like Sony is out to do another Marvel deal. And it starts with that movie Tatum wanted to do.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the team behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier will produce and direct the Tatum-led Ghostbusters movie.
Drew Pearce, who wrote Iron Man 3, will write the script. Channing Tatum is on board to produce and star.