After I read Mike Fleming’s Deadline piece about the new ‘guy-centric’ Ghostbusters I
knew something was weird. Either Sony had fucked up the franchise or
they had fucked up the announcement - only one of those two things made
sense. So I got in touch with some of the Sony folks I know and started
asking questions. What I found out was pretty incredible.
First of all, this new Ghostbusters movie isn’t all-male.
It isn’t ‘guy-centric.’ I spoke to three different people who were
baffled as to where that came from. But it does have some guys at the
center - the concept here is a movie that spins out of the chemistry
between real-life friends Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. This isn’t a
case of ‘everybody wants Chris Pratt in their movie,’ this is a case of
these two guys being pals and wanting to make this movie together.
As for the movie itself: it’s complementary to the Paul Feig film. This
isn’t a sudden reboot or a change of course. The plan is to have this
new Ghostbusters universe feel big and have
the kind of tonal variety that allows there to be a legitimate shared
universe, not just a whole bunch of franchises running in tandem. What’s
more, the hope is that after Feig’s Ghostbusters is out and after Tatum’s Ghostsbusters is out the next film will see the two teams co-mingling, Avengers-style.
This is planned out, and has been getting planned out for some time -
it’s not a sudden change of heart at Sony. The idea is that this shared
universe will allow Feig to do his thing, Reitman and the Russos and
Drew Pearce to do their thing, and for them to cross over when they
must. I was kind of confused by the ending of the Feig/Katie Dippold
script, but knowing that there’s a planned universe growing out of that
ending everything makes a lot more sense now.
That’s three films - in my subhead I mentioned four. What I’m hearing is that this new Ghostbusters universe will also have a prequel movie, which will take place before either of
these two announced films. When before? Beats me - but it will have
nothing to do with the original Ghostbusters characters. As Reitman said
in his Deadline interview, the rights issues with those characters are
too complex (the human characters, anyway. Expect some famous ghosts to
show up). I don’t know when this prequel is set - relatively recent or
colonial times or what - but it’s all part of the larger picture.
I think the key here is that while it’s the Ghostbusters universe, not every movie has to be about people busting ghosts. Talking to my sources it’s become clear that 'Ghostbusters’
is going to be the catch-all umbrella for a world of supernatural FX
comedies. That world will truly become clear in the team-up film. If the
plan for almost yearly Ghostbusters movies holds, these four - the all-female, the Channing/Pratt, the crossover and the prequel - definitely provide a base to rotate annually between
tones and concepts.
Is it going to work? Now that I know the Tatum/Russo/Pearce movie isn’t
a boys-only film, and now that I know that there’s some actual planning
going on in terms of how these films interact, I feel pretty good about
it all. Do I feel good enough to lose the Russos from Infinity War? Here’s hoping that there’s a way they can keep one foot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Some good and bad there. A Russo Brothers Ghostbusters film would be great. A Ghostbusters film that isn’t really about busting ghosts seems a bit pointless. And the fact that all the original guys are off limits, even for a prequel, seems bizarre.
True, the explanation seems to simply confuse things more.
Honestly, the idea of a “Ghostbusters” universe supporting several casts of characters and different films isn’t a terrifically natural fit, is it? I guess they could wade into the already overflowing Lovecraftian spoof territory with the Cult of Gozer out there as the bad guys.
The Tomorrowland trailer looks great. Nice to see Hugh Laurie in this.
The ‘Tomorrowland’ trailer gives away quite a lot. I think I’m going to have to stop watching promotion for this now, I’ve already decided to go see it.
And now for something completely familiar;
Not that I’m rejecting it out of hand, I like a good disaster film, as long as it’s not too mean spirited.
Everything about this makes me ask WHY???.. Tim Burton to direct live action remake of Dumbo.
How do you even do a “live-action” Dumbo anyway? There’s what, one human character in the movie?
Played by Johnny Depp no doubt.
I don’t know, Ghostbuster is about a business and I could easily see the business having being multiple franchises, and therefore multiple different series, like MacDonald’s or Starbucks.
He’ll probably play Dumbo himself. With a jaunty hat and a wacky accent.
There’s about half a dozen clowns. I suppose yoi just cast humans as animals, although I dread to think how the already racist crows would turn out if they did that.
I didn’t know this was a thing:
I thought the first one was ok but it felt more like an overly long tv episode than a movie so I’ll probably wait until this one is out one video before seeing it.
Jesus, I really hope not, given his terrible American accent in Agent Carter.
Have a word, Gar… Welsh Assembly refuses permission for James Bond movie to film there.
Yeah, I don’t see that at all (regardless of accents).
A lot of people are bit dumbfounded by that one. Especially since, unlike Westminster, they’ve allowed a fair bit of filming there before. Unfortunately I have no influence, I am not under the current law allowed to vote in Welsh elections, only UK ones.
So, wait, Spectre is all about Welsh politics?! I can’t wait!