2016’s Ghostbusters remake/reboot was met with a disproportionate, faintly absurd fan backlash long before it even hit theaters. It’s global box office take was modest by summer blockbuster standards, topping out at $229 million. As a result, that film’s director, Paul Feig, recently made comments indicating that he didn’t expect a sequel to get off the ground.
But if you think Sony, Ghost Corps, and Ivan Reitman are done with the Ghostbusters franchise, well, think again. While Ghostbusters 2016 was being developed, other potential GB ideas would surface from time to time, including a debunked Channing Tatum/Chris Pratt effort, something involving the Russo Brothers, and an animated movie (which is definitely happening). And with all of this came the inescapable whispers of, you guessed it, a “shared universe” of movies. And all of that still appears to be on track.
“We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films,” Reitman told io9. “I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”
That animated film won’t be here until “2019 or 2020” and there’s no word on what other live action projects there might be in the meantime.