Despite the fact that Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters didn’t quite make as much as they hoped during its opening weekend, Sony insisted that a sequel was on the fast track, which led many to question if they were just posturing and putting on a happy face. As it turns out, they kind of were. So don’t expect that sequel any time soon.
As reported by THR, Sony is looking at a $70 million total loss on Ghostbusters, which needed to net an estimated $300 million worldwide in order to break even. Though it has yet to open in a few markets, including France, Japan, and Mexico, the film has pulled in only $180 million at the global box office thus far.
Where does Sony go from here? It appears as if they’re not yet giving up on Ghostbusters, but all future projects are going to be of the animated variety. An animated feature is reportedly headed to theaters in 2019, and before that, the recently announced animated series “Ghostbusters: Ecto Force” is expected in 2018.
“We’re very proud of the bold movie Paul Feig made, which critics and audiences loved,” a studio rep told THR. “It has enlivened a 30-year-old brand and put it into the modern zeitgeist. As a result, we have many ideas in the works to further exploit the Ghostbusters universe.”