The new Ghostbusters film is out, which seemed to be the moment when a whole bunch of people realised that the original was some kind of sacred object and that any new version must have been sent from hell. Do they even remember Ghosbusters 2?
Anyway the film had a pretty high budget of $144 million before prints and advertising (there are a lot of special effects and a large cast) and it opened to less than 50 million in the States. That's not the worst situation and it should break even worldwide at some point, though it won't release in China.
Still Sony is confident in the future of these 'Busters, at least according to president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer- and he should know. Speaking to The Wrap Breur said:
“The ‘Ghostbusters’ world is alive and well. I expect ‘Ghostbusters’ to become an important brand and franchise. While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen.”
Pretty definitive stuff, and that should mean we get to see Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and standout star Kate McKinnon suiting up again. There's potential in the franchise and if we get a series of films we might even get to develop the characters a little more than punch lines.
This confidence from Sony is also due to the fact that they have wider plans for the franchise, including a new animated TV series as well as an animated feature film. There have also been rumours of another live action version with a male cast, but that seems like a really poor idea right after the new take has been well received by audiences.
Ghostbusters is in cinemas now.