LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - With its female-centric "Ghostbusters" set to bow next summer, Sony is now looking to find other ways to capitalise on the franchise by creating the production company Ghost Corps, which will spawn a "Ghostbusters" universe through branding opportunities based on the hit films.
"Ghostbusters" helmer Ivan Reitman and writer-star Dan Aykroyd will head up the company along with Reitman's Montecito Production partners Tom Pollock, Ali Bell and Alex Plapinger. The focus of the banner will be to find ways to capitalize on the "Ghostbusters" name through movies, TV projects and merchandise.
The banner's first order of business is developing a new "Ghostbusters" pic that will serve as a counterpart to the Paul Feig female-driven one that will begin production in June.
"Captain America: the Winter Soldier" directors Anthony and Joe Russo are loosely attached to direct, with Channing Tatum and producing partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan also coming on to produce. Drew Pearce is on board to pen the script.
The film is in very early stages, with the Russos still busy directing the "Captain America: Civil War" and possibly an "Avengers" movie. It's not clear whether Tatum would star, given his busy schedule, but the studio is hopeful this can happen.
Tatum is repped by UTA and Management 360 with the Russos and Pearce both repped by WME. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.