Last week, leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed that actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan have all expressed interest in starring in the studio's all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. Today, more emails have leaked that reveal Sony is also working on a spinoff that will star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. Both actors worked together on the indie comedy 10 Years, which Channing Tatum also produced as a starring vehile for his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Here's an excerpt of Channing Tatum's email to Sony's Amy Pascal, where he compares the project to Batman Begins.
"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!!!"
The next day, Sony's production president Hannah Minghella sent an email to Amy Pascal and other Sony executives, which revealed even more details, such as Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are attached to produce alongside Channing Tatum's producing partner Reid Carolin. They are also developing this project as the start of 'a whole new mythology that would support multiple movies," similar to how Christopher Nolan revitalized the Batman franchise with 2005's Batman Begins.
"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."
What do you think about these new developments? Would you like to see a Ghostbusters spin-off starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more details on this upcoming project.