As I wrote about over a year ago, when GHOSTBUSTERS comes out this Friday, it hopes to do a lot of things. For starters, it wants to win over naysayers. But, more importantly, it wants to relaunch the GHOSTBUSTERS IP in a way that's bigger and more far-reaching than it's ever been. We're talking spinoffs, sequels, prequels, team-up movies, etc. A full-blown Cinematic Universe could be on the way if this thing hits. And, based on the fact that the early buzz is good- the film currently resides at a Fresh 78% with nearly 60 reviews counted on Rotten Tomatoes- their plans may actually come to fruition if audiences agree.
"It's going to be endless. People are going to love this movie so much that's they're going to demand more and more," producer Amy Pascal told The Hollywood Reporter. Both she and fellow producer Tom Rothman sound positively giddy about the future of the franchise. They actually want to thank the film's detractors, because they elevated what was simply a silly comedy into something that's become an important cultural event.
"All that stuff has been great. It's been great for the movie," Rothman said at the GHOSTBUSTERS premiere in Los Angeles. "The movie is a comedy, an entertaining comedy, but it is also now a real important part of the social conversation and you don't usually get to do both of those things."
Even original Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson thinks this reboot is going to relaunch the franchise in a positive way. "It's great to finally have a film that moves the franchise forward," he said. "It'll be something the fans are going to love. I know there's been a lot of different reactions, but when they see the movie, they're going to love it."
As for those "endless" GHOSTBUSTERS plans Pascal mentioned, here's a brief reminder from my piece last year, of the kind of stuff they're rumored to want to do next:
- An untitled GHOSTBUSTERS companion film from CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR's Joe and Anthony Russo
- A TV series set in the same world
- A prequel
- A team-up film that would possibly find the Russo's presumably male Ghostbusters fighting alongside Feig's cast
So, what do you say, folks? Ready for all-you-can-eat GHOSTBUSTERS movies? Sony sure seems to think so!