It took a bit of evolving in the course of a few hours, but the word is that actor Chris Pratt is possibly on deck to join Channing Tatum in their own all-male Ghostbusters film for Tatum to produce for Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers Anthony and Joe Russo on board to direct with a script by Iron Man 3-scribe Drew Pearce. That film is being reported as one of four universal films conjoined by Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters movie which is releasing in July of next year as both will tie in to a third followed by a fourth in the form a prequel.
These efforts come courtesy of the respective director and co-star of the original, Ivan Reitman and Dan Ackroyd who are now heading what THR cites as a “Ghost Corps” to help write and develop these films over at Sony while they plot a course for all four films. It’s actually funny to be honest; Hours earlier on Monday I was just speaking with my friend Keith Hayward about who the folks at DMG and Valiant would line-up to direct some of their films following their most recent announcement on Sunday night and I threw in the Russos’ as an option not knowing they would make more headlines this week. Silly me.
It took some effort as some of the headlines that were breaking had mildly misrepresented the facts by not mentioning there was a whole cinematic universe in the works a la Avengers, a fact Collider helped make clear via Badass Digest on Monday. Well, aside from last year’s e-mail leaks, at least we now have an update that confirms just what it is we’ll be in for, although I’m personally waiting for what lies ahead for Pratt and the Russos’, including their future with the MCU through 2019, in addition to Tatum’s Marvel debut as Gambit.
As for Sony’s Ghostbusters plans, let’s hope they don’t fall apart like their plans did for Amazing Spider-Man. So many moving pieces… *sigh*