Leaked emails from Sony have dumped a wealth of information all over the entertainment world. Some of the information has been disturbing and even borderline racist, and some of the information has been mind-blowing. Thankfully, we are going to talk about the latter today.
In another round of leaked emails, TheDailyBeast has uncovered ambitious plans to create a spin-off Ghostbusters film starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. This would come as a surprising addition to the already planned all-women reboot of the classic film. Mr. Tatum appears to be the driving force behind this insane idea.
Back in August, Tatum sent the (now famous) Amy Pascal the following email…
“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!!!”
You can tell it was written by Channing Tatum because of the RANDOM capitalization and the exclamation marks. After Tatum sent his email, Hannah Minghella, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, sent out another email to explain the plan in more detail.
“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.”
The ‘Reid’ mentioned in the email above is Reid Carolin, Channing Tatum’s producing partner. And the ‘Russos’ mentioned are, of course, Joe and Anthony Russo. The directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The Sony execs who received the email all seemed excited about the project, with Amy Pascal writing, “f-ckkkk.” Because that’s just how Amy rolls apparently. In addition to this strange news, we also learned that Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Lizzy Caplan and Amy Schumer have all shown interest in the all-female reboot. The leaked emails also revealed that Ryan Gosling wants to take the lead male role in the film.
This is too much information for me to process right now. It will be interesting to see how much of this actually happens. I mean, it’s not often we get an inside look like this. For all we know, studios and actors throw around crazy ideas like candy. Just because they discussed something in an email conversation back in August, doesn’t mean they are planning on filming tomorrow. From the conversation above, it doesn’t even look like Chris Pratt knew about the idea yet.
What if he’s just now learning about Tatum’s idea with the rest of us?