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Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt Are Planning a 'Ghostbusters' Spin-Off Franchise

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 16, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 16, 2014 |

As far as potential Sony projects are concerned, this may be my favorite leaked email so far because it not only includes the possibility of Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum — who worked together on 10 Years — working together again on a Ghostbusters film, it includes another Channing Tatum email gem:

“Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. COME OONNNN!!!”

That “fun adventure craziness” specifically refers to Tatum’s plan to have the Russo Brothers (who direct the Captain America movies and will take over the Avengers franchise after Joss Whedon) produce a Ghostbusters spin-off franchise that could co-exist in the same universe as Paul Feig’s female-led Ghostbusters movie (which is reportedly eying Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Lizzy Caplan, and Jennifer Lawrence in the leads, with Ryan Gosling potentially take on the male villain role).

The details are included in an email from Hannah Minghella at Columbia to Sony’s Amy Pascal (via The Daily Beast):

“So… in a curious turn of events - the Russos and Channing want to develop Ghostbusters as a vehicle for Channing and Chris Pratt to do together. The Russos, Channing and Reid have been brainstorming ideas and want to create a whole new mythology that would support multiple movies (the way that Nolan reinvented Batman). To be clear - the Russos want to produce (not direct) and while Channing and Chris are looking for a movie to do together they haven’t mentioned this to him yet because they weren’t sure how we’d react.

“They want to make it simultaneously super scary while also super funny. They love the idea that they are mortal heroes who are believers in the paranormal and the only people who can defend mankind from a paranormal threat. I know we’re mid negotiations with Paul [Feig]. I’m not sure whether we’d ever develop two different versions simultaneously. Joe Russo is open to the idea that both movies could be developed in partnership so they compliment one another within the same Ghostbusters universe. Apparently the Russos are very close to Paul and Joe suggested Paul could be attached to direct both. Personally I think it’s possible for the female version to co-exist with this other version so maybe they’re not mutually exclusive.”

Amy Pascal’s response: “Fuckkk.” I’m surprised she managed to respond without saying anything racist.

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