Is a ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel Already Underway?
Paul Feig’s much-hyped Ghostbusters reboot only just hit theaters, but it looks like Sony is already plotting a sequel. After the film earned a decent enough $46 million gross in its opening weekend, the studio is reportedly already making plans to move forward with more films in the Ghostbusters universe.
Sony execs all but confirmed plans for a follow-up flick in a recent interview with The Wrap. “The Ghostbusters world is alive and well,” Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at the studio, said. “I expect Ghostbusters to become an important brand and franchise.” He went on to explain, “While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind [a sequel] will happen.”
It should come as no huge surprise that the studio is already plotting to extend the franchise. From the beginning, Sony made it clear it intended to use the reboot as a kick-off to a new Ghostbusters universe, assuming it performed as expected at the box office. Despite having more than its fair share of naysayers, the movie was able to deliver well enough on the latter count, coming in at No. 2 in its first weekend and earning an estimated $46 million in revenue from 3,963 screens.
While that’s far from a smash hit (especially given Ghostbuster‘s $144 million budget), it still marks an solid enough debut for the highly controversial movie and also represents the biggest opening of any film that Feig and star Melissa McCarthy have collaborated on, surpassing 2011’s Bridesmaids, 2013’s The Heat, and last year’s Spy. In addition, it’s the highest-grossing live-action comedy in more than a year, easily topping the $33.5 million opening by Universal’s Ted 2 last summer.
Aside from a decent opening, Ghostbusters also earned generally favorable reviews. Even with its many detractors, the movie currently holds a 73% score on Rotten Tomatoes and garnered a B+ Cinemascore from audiences. Between the generally positive response and the fair box office showing, it seems Sony has enough reason to move forward with its planned sequel.
It remains unclear whether the follow-up will be a direct Ghostbusters sequel, once again starring McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig, or a spinoff of sorts. The studio was previously planning another Ghostbusters project that would have reportedly starred Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum, with Joe and Anthony Russo set to direct. But the project has since been pulled, as the directing duo revealed in May. McCarthy, for her part, has already confirmed she’d be open to returning to more sequels.
Whether Feig or the cast end up returning or not, a sequel may be a chance to fine-tune and improve the studio’s approach to the story. While Feig’s Ghostbusters ended up earning decent enough reviews, many thought the movie played it too safe, settling for just fine instead of full-out funny. Fans will have to stay tuned for any details on a follow-up. In the meantime, Sony also plans to extend the Ghostbusters universe with an animated film, which was announced last year and is set to be directed by Fletcher Moules.