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Asshole of the Week: Sony Pictures, For Remaking Ghostbusters

Sony has two films, a TV show and other franchise ideas planned for Ghostbusters

Big studios aren’t interested in just making movies. The blockbuster business is now all about building franchises. This is good when you have hot properties people are clamoring for; it’s not so good when you have a divided audience regarding a beloved 30 year-old action comedy classic that many want left untouched. Nothing is sacred, but sometimes you need to leave well enough alone.

Eating someone else’s dust will make you dry and bitter, so Sony Pictures is getting desperate, and the “Ghostbusters” reboot(s) are evidence. Aside from the James Bond films, which gives the studio a high-profile release every two-to-three years (including this year!), Sony Pictures does not have a stable cash cow on the same level as Marvel’s “Avengers,” Fox’s “X-Men”/Hugh Jackman exploitation, and Warner Bros.’ burgeoning DC Comics interpretations. Sony has tried on two separate occasions with “Spider-Man,” but plans to reinterpret the character for a third time suggest a lack of sustainable success.

So now Sony is forcing “Ghostbusters” down our throats, and like Slimer, it’ll probably go in one end and out the other. Not only is “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig helming an all-female incarnation due July 16, 2016, with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, now the “GhostCorps” division at Sony (led by Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd) is developing a male companion piece as well, with the idea being the two groups could meet up to fight an ultimate evil foe Avengers-style. If rumors are true the male version will star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, and be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”).

Worse: Reports suggest TV shows, more movie spinoffs (will Stay Puft get his own film? That I'd pay to see), and the full franchise treatment will be headed "Ghostbusters'" way if it finds success. Because I'd rather see Michael Bay win an Oscar than watch this fail, I'll hope with all hope it's not trash. But that doesn't mean I want it to exist.