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The Future of the ‘Ghostbusters’ Franchise

By  · Published on March 22nd, 2017

Plus: News roundup, our best articles, and five perfect shots.

Though it wasn’t a deafening defeat, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters wasn’t a resounding success, either. All sexist nonsense aside, the film performed only average at the box office, casting doubt upon the future of the new franchise it was supposed to kick off. And while it seems unlikely we’ll be seeing the women of last summer’s movie suit up again anytime soon, we do know that the show will go on, in a sense.

In an interview with io9, the original film’s director and new franchise producer Ivan Reitman admitted that while the future is still a little up in the air, he’s got a plan to get it going forward.

We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing [a] live-action film. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.

This might seem like old news, but it isn’t. Yes, we knew there was an animated film being planned ‐ there’s even a director, Fletcher Moules (Clash of Clans: Revenge), already attached ‐ but since it was announced there really haven’t been any updates at all, so good to know that’s still in the work. This live-action property Reitman mentions, however, is new. There were all sorts of rumored films supposedly being considered ‐ including a male-centric reboot with Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum ‐ but rumors were all they turned out to be. Whether Reitman is talking about a sequel to Feig’s film or a return to the drawing board isn’t explicitly clear, but “all these stories” makes it sound like the latter. Time will tell.

As for the animated film, there’s no specific release date as of yet because, as Reitman said in the interview, “making animated films is hard,” but expect late 2018 or 2019.

In other news and points of interest…

…Penelope Cruz has joined the cast of the next season of American Crime Story; here’s who she’s playing

The Terminator franchise got some pretty definitive bad news

…revered Indie film producer Robin O’Hara passed away on Monday. Her credits include Gummo, Raising Victor Vargas, and Saving Face

…Disney’s being sued over Zootopia

…and Tim Curry has found a cool way to revisit Pennywise, the character he played in the original adaptation of Stephen King’s It.

Over in our corner of the internet we had a lot of really interesting posts go up yesterday, including a look at teen depression and Edge of Seventeen, the unfortunate necessity of The Circus season two, a comparison of Fences onscreen and on stage, the week’s new Blu-Rays, and cinematic depictions of the afterlife.

And lastly, take a look at five of the most popular shots we tweeted over the last 24 hours. Want more? You know where to find us.

BLUE VELVET (1986) DP: Frederick Elmes | Dir: David Lynch
LA DOLCE VITA (1960) DP: Otello Martelli | Dir: Federico Fellini
V FOR VENDETTA (2005) DP: Adrian Biddle | Dir: James McTeigue
AMÉLIE (2001) DP: Bruno Delbonnel | Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000) DP: Christopher Doyle, and others | Dir: Wong Kar Wai

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