Sony‘s Ghostbusters (2016) may get a sequel. Following the Ghostbusters reboot release this weekend, Sony representatives have already begun to discuss the possibility of the reboot getting its own sequel in the near future.
In representing the shift occurring in American culture as a whole and to some extent in its media as well, 2016’s Ghostbusters is headed by women. The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, and it opened this weekend to decent box office success and lukewarm critical reception. The film, which was made with a budget of 150 million dollars, has not yet made itself into an earner for Sony. However, Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, has stated that “there’s no doubt in [his] mind [a sequel] will happen.”
Bruer’s comment reminds us what a giant presence the Ghostbusters world has in Hollywood. Since making history in 1984, the original Ghostbusters, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and everybody’s favorite StayPuft Marshmallow Man, hasn’t been far from the American movie and television world’s consciousness. The 1984 film spurned TV shows, sequels, and spinoffs, and of course this year’s revival.
To put things into perspective, the revival has been in theaters less than a week. It hasn’t even been released yet in China, one of the world’s most important audiences for American movies. Its box office stats and critical reception haven’t been anything to sneeze at, but disappointment- entirely having nothing to do with the fact that the cast is headed by four female characters- has certainly been prevalent as well. Despite all of these uncertain factors, though, Bruer is confident that “the Ghostbusters world is alive and well.” In a world of studio execs who practically demand certainty in order to fork over any money, Bruer’s comments are a little bit surprising, but they speak to the strength of the Ghostbusters franchise.
It will likely be quite a while before we hear anything official about a Ghostbusters reboot sequel, but rest assured, if Bruer and the rest of the time wants it, it’s very likely that this sequel will happen. Ghostbusters fans rejoice!
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