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The Russo brothers say they are no longer involved in Ghostbusters franchise…

March 21st, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


The Russo brothers – Anthony and Joe – are certainly busy filmmakers at the moment. They have just completed Captain America: Civil War, which will open in May and kick off Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After that, they will get to work on an even bigger superhero adventure in Avengers: Infinity War Part I & II, which will act as the climactic chapter of Marvel’s huge slate of films.

That back-to-back shoot is expected to span nearly an entire year, which means the Russos will be tied up for quite some time. Last year however, they were at one point attached to direct an all-male Ghostbusters reboot with Sony, with Channing Tatum set to star. But Joe Russo revealed in an interview with Forbes that their commitment to Avengers: Infinity War took that project off the table for them.

“There is no status with that for us. There was a period there when Paul Feig was engaging Sony in talks about Ghostbusters and we were also engaging them. He was further along with his process than we were and he closed his deal so that’s the only Ghostbustersworld that’s being explored right now over at Sony. Once we took Infinity War, it took us off the table for any kind of any potential work on a Ghostbusters project.”

We reported last year that Sony is setting up a company entitled Ghost Corps, which would develop new stories to fit within the franchise. Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd are heading up this initiative, with Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible 5, Iron Man 3) writing the script for Ghostbusters 4. However, Ivan Reitman revealed in July that this spinoff isn’t happening, and that Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters is the only movie the studio is focusing on.

It looks as though those fans who seem pre-programmed to dislike Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot will have to live with just the one resurrection of the iconic 80s movie for now. Ghostbusters will be released in cinemas on July 15.

Source: Squareeyed

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.