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Ivan Reitman releases statement on 'Ghostbusters' franchise

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In the wake of quotes from screenwriter Drew Pearce about the expanded Ghostbusters universe, producer Ivan Reitman has issued a statement on what fans should expect from the franchise, which will reboot next summer with Paul Feig’s version.

“There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the Ghostbusters franchise. As the producer of the new Ghostbusters film, I feel the need to clarify. There is only one new Ghostbusters movie and that is the Paul Feig directed version coming next July, presently filming and going fantastically. The rest is just noise,” Reitman said.

News that Sony would try expand the Ghostbusters universe beyond Feig’s film — which stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — was first revealed back in March. “Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016,” Reitman said to Deadline at the time. “He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”

At the time it was speculated that Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt could be involved in the future film, but according to sources close to Sony, neither actor have had formal discussions about the idea. (A rep for Pratt told EW that he is not involved in any Ghostbusters movie.)

This week, Pearce explained that he had worked on a Ghostbusters “bible” that would include a mixed gender team of paranormal busters.

“I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks. Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are doing Civil War at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it,” Pearce told MTV. He later clarified on Twitter that no script had been written.

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