Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd and Sony Pictures are looking to expand the "Ghostbusters" universe.
Sony Pictures is developing a counterpart "Ghostbusters" film opposite of the female-lead cast motion picture starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. Sony is also starting Ghostcorps, which is a new production company that will include Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd.
"My primary focus will be to build the Ghostbusters into the universe it always promised it might become," Reitman said. "The original film is beloved, as is the cast, and we hope to create films we will continue to love."
Sony and its new Ghostcorps want Channing Tatum to play one of the team members. Joe and Anthony Russo are early favorites to direct and produce, while Drew Pearce will handle the screenplay.
"We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment," Reitman said to Deadline. "This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy."
"Paul Feig's film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016," Reitman explained. "He's got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come."
"The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that," Reitman continued. "Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers' next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It's just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies."