Ivan Reitman Calls Those Other 'Ghostbusters' Rumors 'Just Noise'
While Paul Feig's new "Ghostbusters" -- which looks and sounds awesome -- is going swimmingly, there's been a fair amount of back and forth about the other new "Ghostbusters" movie.
Would it be all-male to counteract the all-female Ghostbusters in Feig's version? Would Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum star? Was it a sequel? A sidequel? Not a movie at all, but a bi-monthly curated basket of snacks?
Yesterday, we published an interview here on MTV News with quotes from screenwriter Drew Pearce that seemed to definitively state that something was in the works.
"I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks," Pearce, who also wrote this weekend's "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" said. "Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and are doing 'Civil War' at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year's time you’ll know!"
Pearce added that while Tatum and Pratt were far from cast, that was who he had in mind at least when approaching the project, and later he headed to Twitter to clarify that his team is/will not be all-male, as some sites reported.
Chris Pratt even got in on the action, trolling everyone with a hilarious series of goats on instagram, leading up to this one:
...With the catchphrase, "I ain't afraid of no goats."
Anyway, that's all fine and good, but producer Ivan Reitman has just released a statement that, for the time being, seems to directly contradict Pearce's statements; and certainly puts at least a bit of a lid on the project for the moment.
"There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the 'Ghostbusters' franchise," Reitman said in an e-mail. "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."
Goat noise, presumably. Regardless of what's going on behind the scenes, it seems that the filmmakers want to concentrate squarely on the currently filming (and might we remind you, awesome seeming) "Ghostbusters," with more news to potentially roll out after the release of that film.
And we'd try to find out more information, but at this point? Who you gonna call?