Now that director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) has started pre-production on an all female-led Ghostbusters reboot, it seems that Sony are planning to expand on the franchise with news that they are developing a spinoff starring Channing Tatum (21 Jump Steet, Foxcatcher) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World).
The Daily Beast has managed to get hold of emails (presumably due to the Sony Hack debacle) of Channing Tatum’s preposed pitch for a Ghostbusters Spin-off which he pitched to Sony Executives.
In an email dated August 21st, Tatum sent an email to Sony Executives which read:
“Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. COME OONNNN!!!”
The following day the email was sent to Sony Entertainment head honcho Amy Pascal with an outline of Tatum’s plan, with the Russo Bros (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) set to produce the film. Paul Feig (…dear god no!) wants to get tore into the Spin-off too, as he is negotiating to helm the movie. Below is an email that Hannah Minghella (co-president of production for Columbia Pictures) sent to 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,” wrote Minghella. “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.”
Emails procured from The Daily Beast a while back had Ryan Gosling attached to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters (as well as the part of The Joker in Sinister Six). Personally, I think the idea of Pratt, Tatum and Gosling being part of the four-member team actually sounds kind of appealing and the 21 Jump Street movies have surprisingly been good quality comedy fare. Hell, why not just chuck Jonah Hill into the mix?
So… what are we thinking peeps? Yay or nay? Below is a clip of Tatum and Pratt interacting in 10 Years to help make up your minds…