The Other, Male-Led ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Is Moving Forward In Production, Screenwriter Talks Cast Rumors

In case you forgot about that other Ghostbusters movie, the one that continues the tradition of the Ghostbusters being an all-male team, screenwriter Drew Pearce recently confirmed to MTV that yes, production on the movie is in full swing.

“I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks… Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are doing Civil War at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!”

Drew Pearce will be working with Anthony and Joe Russo, the team who are working on the upcoming Avengers sequel, Infinity War. Pearce continues on about who he might want cast for the new Ghostbusters movie, and despite Chris Pratt denying any involvement, his name continues to come up. During promotion for Jurassic World, Mr. Pratt spoke to GQ about his potential career as a Ghostbuster.

“No one has ever even spoken to me about that… Never. I’ve even seen Channing a couple times. As far as I know, that’s complete bull****.” He ticks off others. “Knight Rider—bull****. All of them.”

That sounds pretty conclusive, but screenwriter Drew Pearce seems to have other ideas. From that same MTV interview, he mentions Pratt for the Ghostbusters role specifically.

“Even better, he wasn’t even a tiny bit coy about the dream cast for the film. Who ya gonna call? Might it, in fact, be Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum as rumored?

That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project… Whether that happens or not is very much above my pay grade. It’s just my job to give them something exciting that maybe they’ll do.”

Only time will tell whether the ideal casting Drew Pearce envisioned for Ghostbusters will turn into reality, but with how in-demand Chris Pratt is (having led the now 3rd highest-grossing film ever), it would surprise many if his name isn’t being tossed around by the powers that be.

Until then, we still have the full-female Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters reboot to look forward to, which has its own high pedigree of star-power attached. Recently, reports have come out that original Ghostbusters cast member Dan Aykroyd has landed a cameo in that new film.

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