“Ghostbusters is so big you can kind of go all over the place.” That’s what the wonderfully named Jake Zim, SVP of VR for Sony Pictures Entertainment, told io9
“I think Ghostbusters is this wonderful [intellectual property] because it has so many storytelling opportunities,” Ghostbusters godfather Ivan Reitman told the publication, “And it’s a particularly good one for VR.” Reitman also elaborated on the future of the series beyond Paul Fieg’s 2016 reboot. Rumours were flying before production that multiple films were on the cards. All-female teams, all-male teams, global ghostbustering and so on. It seemed that a shared universe was always the plan.
Retiman confirmed these are still going ahead,
“We jumped into an animated film (after the last movie) and we are developing live-action films. 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. It depends on on how fast we can get it all together. It’s hard to make an animated film.”
Has last year’s divisive entry into the emerging franchise made any more films less likely. Reitman is all about the silver lining.
“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit. But considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much… 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.”
Whatever you felt about last year’s film (and we’re going to discount any opinions based solely on the fact that it had a female team), you have to respect Feig’s dedication to making the best film he could. Whether it was a misstep too far, or if the so-called fans have poisoned their own well with the sheer ocean of bile they poured out last year, more Ghostbusters doesn’t have the same thrill as it once did. Perhaps it’s time to let it die.
Zim concludes the piece with a statement of intent, “Ivan knows the entire world and where he wants it to go.” After last year’s outing, he’ll need to convince us that it’s worth the trip.