MOVIE NEWS – Rory Bruer, the Sony Pictures distribution chief told the press, that “there’s ‘no doubt’ that a sequel to Ghostbusters will in fact happen.”
With surprisingly fair reviews (60% at Metacritic and 73% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters isn’t the critical flop everyone expected. Also the movie fared well at the box office, raking in $46 million in its opening weekend, while it still fell a bit short of repeat winner The Secret Life of Pets. Many people weren’t so whether fans would like this project, since we could hear some fans of the original 1984 classic which have vocally spoken out against this new project that centers on four female Ghostbusters. While it’s still unsure, how much Ghostbusters will earn during its theatrical run, it seems that Sony Pictures is already putting plans together for a sequel.
The Ghostbusters reboot was produced with a $144 million budget, and its additional $19.1 million from international markets puts its worldwide total at $65.1 million for its opening weekend. While those numbers won’t break any records, we are still only at the first weekend. We’ll still have to wait and see if Ghostbusters be profitable. Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures, told The Wrap that he’s positive a sequel will happen.
“The Ghostbusters world is alive and well. I expect Ghostbusters to become a famous brand and franchise. While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen.”
It’s still unsure if the four female main stars, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones signed multi-picture deals to return for sequels, or if director Paul Feig will join them. The supporting cast is rounded out by Andy Garcia as the mayor of New York City, Michael K. Williams as Hawkins, Matt Walsh as Rourke, Pat Kiernan as a news anchor and Neil Casey as the human villain Rowan. The reboot script was co-written by Paul Feig and Katie Dippold (The Heat), but we don’t know if both writers will come back to work on the script.
Original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson all returned for cameo appearances, who all may come back to reprise their roles if a sequel is ordered. There have also been reports that Sony is developing a Ghostbusters animated movie and other projects within the franchise. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with updates on all of these projects as soon as more information comes in.