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Yesterday came the surprising news that Sony is working on not just an all-female Ghostbusters reboot but also a male-centric one with Channing Tatum being eyed to star in the latter. Today we’ve got a little clarification for you along with an update on the new universe. So read on!

In speaking with some folks over at Sony for Badass Digest, Devin Faraci scored some very interesting nuggets of info regarding Sony’s future plans with the franchise. First up, this whole all-male thing seems to have been a misunderstanding, and Chris Pratt may be in the mix.

First of all, this new Ghostbusters movie isn’t all-male. It isn’t ‘guy-centric,'” wrote Faraci. “I spoke to three different people who were baffled as to where that came from. But it does have some guys at the center – the concept here is a movie that spins out of the chemistry between real-life friends Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. This isn’t a case of ‘everybody wants Chris Pratt in their movie’; this is a case of these two guys being pals and wanting to make this movie together.”

As for the movie itself: It’s complementary to the Paul Feig film. What’s more, the hope is that after Feig’s Ghostbusters is out and after Tatum’s Ghostsbusters is out, the next film will see the two teams co-mingling, Avengers-style. This is planned out and has been getting planned out for some time – it’s not a sudden change of heart at Sony. The idea is that this shared universe will allow Feig to do his thing, Reitman and the Russos and Drew Pearce to do their thing, and for them to cross over when they must.”

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In addition to those three upcoming films, it also seems that Sony is planning a prequel to the new franchise, which will take place before the events of all three. It will apparently have nothing to do with the original 1984 Ghostbusters characters, as none of these projects are supposed to.

Talking to my sources, it’s become clear that ‘Ghostbusters’ is going to be the catch-all umbrella for a world of supernatural FX comedies,” noted Faraci. “That world will truly become clear in the team-up film. If the plan for almost yearly Ghostbusters movies holds, these four – the all-female, the Channing/Pratt, the crossover, and the prequel – definitely provide a base to rotate annually between tones and concepts.”

So there you have it. Four films, all tied together within one Marvel-inspired universe. We sure hope you ain’t afraid of no ghosts!

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