'Ghostbusters' Movie May Go Back To All-Male Cast, Writer Says New Script Has Been Completed

Ghostbusters fans have wanted a reboot, or at least another movie, for a long time but to no avail. And now that a reboot is on the way, studios are suddenly interested in developing more of the ghost-busting franchise.

Aside from the Ghostbusters reboot that's currently being shot, rumors are swirling that another movie - with an all-male cast this time around – is being developed.

However, Ghostbusters producer Ivan Reitman has taken steps to shoot down the rumors quickly and definitively. The director of the original Ghostbusters recently released a statement about the movie, the excitement surrounding it, and Paul Feig's involvement.

The 68-year-old director tried to make things clear.

"There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the Ghostbusters franchise. As the producer of the new Ghostbusters film, I feel the need to clarify. There is only one new Ghostbusters movie and that is the Paul Feig-directed version coming next July, presently filming and going fantastically. The rest is just noise."
Production for the Ghostbusters reboot is currently underway, and the 52-year-old Bridesmaids director is putting in long hours on the film, which stars Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy. Feig's decision to switch the whole team's genders in the reboot was controversial and is still creating quite a buzz. As the movie's 2016 release date gets closer, the buzz about the film and Feig's decision to go with an all-female ghost fighting unit is going to get louder.

Rumblings about another, all-male Ghostbusters team started in March when writer Drew Pearce reportedly revealed on MTV that he had already finished the script that Reitman asked him to do. The British filmmaker added that the script is "top secret" and his "gigantic bold idea" is something that the Russo brothers and Ivan Reitman can take and run with.

Pearce, who's known for his work in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, also hinted that the Ghostbusters franchise will be moving in a "cinematic universe" that's similar to how Marvel links its movies.

"My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same Ghostbusters universe, because I feel, as a fan, that's what I would want," explains Pearce. "Standing here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together."

The all-male Ghostbusters flick will allegedly be headed by Magic Mike's Channing Tatum. Jurassic World's Chris Pratt's name has also been bandied about but representatives for both actors have categorically denied the news. Pratt's representative has told several publications that the Guardians of the Galaxy star is definitely not involved in any Ghostbusters film while the 35-year-old Tatum has described the discussions about a Ghostbusters movie as "messy."

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