Sony's All-Male 'Ghostbusters' Produced By Channing Tatum Is In The Works — But Wait, Wasn't The 1984 Version All-Male, Too?
In what could be the most hilarious news of the day, Ghostbusters is getting an all-male version. No no, it isn't April 1 quite yet — this news is one-hundred percent earnest. According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is "broadening" the Ghostbusters franchise, forming Ghostcorps, a production company looking to exploit any possible branding opportunities stemming from the original 1984 comedy starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. This upcoming action-centric comedy is the "male counterpart" (LOLOL) to Paul Feig's hotly anticipated all-female Ghostbusters. Quick question: Wasn't the original '80s film already a sausage fest?
With Channing Tatum on board as one of the film's producers, there's a chance he could also star as one of the 'busters. While there's no one who loves a Channing Tatum movie more than moi (22 Jump Street was my favorite comedy of the year), an all-male reboot seems premature, by about two decades.
Perhaps it's an attempt to have the last masculine word, or perhaps Sony is simply trying to capitalize on the pending success of the female-version of the film. But honestly, the news is a bit disappointing. What could have been a year of looking forward to Melissa McCarthy and co. fighting ghosts like the badass ladies that they are, will now be a war for which pending iteration can grab more headlines, and eventually, more box office dollars. The conversation may no longer sway feminist, but instead, be masked by a cloud of casting news and plot predictions for the boys' version.
Sure, Sony is making both films — but why not give the girls their day in the sun before we focus on an all-male movie, or as I like to call it — a movie.
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