The all female Ghostbusters movie hasn't even filmed a single shot and already Sony is prepping a male-cast version. Because life is a nightmare.
According to Deadline, a powerhouse collection of male talent is stumbling over themselves to make the a male Ghostbusters movie. Emphasis on male. Seriously, the headline is "Sony Plans Guy-Themed 'Ghostbusters' Film..." Guy-themed. Because ladies, we already got OUR Ghostbusters movie; now the menfolk want theirs.
The studio is actually forming a new company within Sony called Ghostcorps. The head of the corporation is Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd. Together, they will make a new Ghostbusters movie (and explore future merchandising options). The directors are already picked and they're the much loved Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Drew Pearce of Iron Man 3 and MI5 will pen the script. Channing Tatum will produce and, rumor has it, he's hell bent to star in it. We know this because this Ghostbusters pitch was revealed in the earlier Sony hack.
In an email sent to Columbia Pictures (via THR), Columbia Pictures co-president of production Hannah Minghella confirmed that the Russo brothers were working on this with Tatum and hoping for Chris Pratt to star in hopes of making this a brand new franchise with their names attached. The letter claimed the movies would be "simultaneously super scary while also super funny," so yeah, a Ghostbusters movie.
That's a lot of great talent and we're happy that they're getting to make the movie they want to create. However, it kind of feels like Sony is pulling the rug right out from under Paul Feig's female Ghostbusters movie. And why? Why aren't the women being considered for the follow-up film? Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt are clearly the early contender leads for this movie, and I can't imagine them playing second fiddle to all four new female Ghostbusters. So I guess the question is... what is going on here?
Reitman explained to 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, 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 hear. It's just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies."
That's nice... but why does this feel like the "real" Ghostbusters sequel? Or that this was a studio response to appease the manbabbies of Ghostbusters fandom? We know the movie's been kicked around for a while (as we stated above), but man, this just leaves a bad taste. Why was the creation of Ghostcorps not spun wildly into action until there was promise of a male-centric film? Why did Deadline feel the need to put "guy-themed" in their headline? Anyone else feel like this is a big fuck you to the female Ghostbusters? Do they all die in the end? And that's why we need Channing and Pratt Ghostbusters?
Look, we just want the female Ghostbusters movie to do well. But the movie doesn't start shooting until June and it feels like already this studio can't WAIT to recast it with men. And WHAT THE FUCK DOES GUY-THEMED MEAN ANYWAY?
The reality is that all we know is that it's being reported as "guy-themed" and that's gross. Why can't both men and women both be Ghostbusters? Both on the same freaking team. Why does it have to be one way or another? And why must Hollywood immediately whip together some machismo Ghostbusters movie, and call it a "GUY-THEMED" movie in response to women starring in something men also like?