So, now that the whole hullabaloo over the Ghostbusters reboot has died down, we can start to look ahead to the future and what the Ghost Corp will bring to the table regarding future Ghostbusters movies.
Firstly, it looks like the sequel is on the plan for Sony, despite the movie under performing after its first week.
According to The Wrap, Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures, said: “The ‘Ghostbusters’ world is alive and well. I expect ‘Ghostbusters’ to become an important brand and franchise. While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen.”
Ok, so, what does this mean? Well, director Paul Feig has gone on record as saying that the two GB movie universes may actually crossover at some point (here). We already know that the Jump Street and Men in Black movies are crossing over (here) and we reckon Ghostbusters would fit in there for Sony.
It’s also worth noting that writer Drew Pierce has said that Sony have a script already that will cross over the two GB universes (here).
But does the new movie hint that that may happen? Well, yeah.. in a pretty big way!
You may remember at the end of the movie, after the credits have rolled, that Patty (Leslie Jones) is listening to EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon – basically ghost recordings) and she turns to the others and asks “What’s Zuul?”
Now you don’t have to be a genius to know that Zuul was the Gatekeeper of Gozer the Gozerian in the first movie… that’s Mr Stay Puft in case you didn’t know. Basically the big villain.
So we know now that Zuul and Gozer exist in the new Ghostbusters universe.
Ivan Reitman, producer here and director of the first two movies in the 80s has gone on record and said: “We have discussed the repercussions. We all thought it was kind of cool. It’s for the lovers of the original film. I saw it as a tribute, you know? And… I figured we could handle it.”
Director Paul Feig added: “[It] came up right before we got into production. That was [writer] Katie [Dippold]’s idea. Because we were doing rewrites on some stuff, then she sent me this thing. ‘I have an idea for a tag, just to see what you think.’ I read it, and was like, ‘Okay, well that’s awesome.’ So yeah.”
It’s also worth noting that at the end of the movie Holtzman says she has developed a weapon that gets rid of the ghosts but when asked where they go, she replies: “I’m not really sure where. I think it’s Michigan.”
We reckon this cold be a way in also… what if they were being sent to the dimension of the original Ghostbusters? What we’re saying is that if Sony decided to bring the worlds together, there’s several ways to do it…
In related news, China, it seems, won’t be worried about a sequel.
Why? Well, the first movie was deemed not attractive enough for Chinese audiences. THR reports it may not have been released in China anyway due to the country’s ban on films that “promote cults or superstition”.
If the movie had been released in China it was set to be called, wait for it, “Super Power Dare Die Team”.
A China Film Co. executive said: “It’s been confirmed that Ghostbusters won’t be coming to China, because they think it’s not really that attractive to Chinese audience. Most of the Chinese audience didn’t see the first and second movies, so they don’t think there’s much market for it here.”
Apparently the original movies weren’t released in China either. The more you know….