Despite being one of the biggest bombs of 2016, Sony is forging ahead with their Ghostbusters shared universe. After making a Venom movie no one wants, they’ll be following up a Ghostbusters movie no one wanted. It’s almost as if Sony Pictures is intentionally trying to put themselves out of business.
Ivan Reitman told i09 that an animated Ghostbusters (likely the unwanted Slimer movie) is due in 2019 or 2020 with more live action ones on the way:
“We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films,” Reitman said. “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.”
He was also very diplomatic about his issues with last year’s bomb:
“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit,” Reitman, who produced the new movie, told io9. “But considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much, frankly, and that’s the real issue. I personally had other points of view in terms of where the film should go and it was kind of a continuous conversation with Paul [Feig] about that. But Paul was the filmmaker on this one and he’s a very talented director. I wanted to give him enough room to do the film he thought it should be.”
You know what Ghostbusters fans really want? A new home video release of the 1984 original complete with those legendary deleted scenes that were recently found completely intact. Ghostbusters fans will line up to buy that. They won’t line up for a sequel to the 2016 nightmare.