Here's what Ivan Reitman said to Deadline in March of this year about the Ghostbusters expanded universe of movies:
“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment. This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. 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 [Pearce] 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.”
Here's a statement from Ivan Reitman that just landed in my email box, coming on the heels of Drew Pearce talking to MTV about finishing his other Ghostbusters script:
"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."
Ivan Reitman: just noise.
What's happening here is some indication of a behind the scenes struggle in the new Ghostbusters franchise. I think that Paul Feig maybe got blind-sided when Reitman announced that big expanded universe and the other, more boy-oriented team of Ghostbusters. I think a lot of people are unhappy with all the talk of other Ghostbusters movies because it makes this Ghostbusters movie look like an also-ran before it even came out. And I think that Reitman's trying to control a little bit of damage - caused by his own words to the press! - as the press jumps on every scrap of news related to the larger Ghostbusters universe.
It'll be interesting to see what happens in the coming months, and I'm really curious what Paul Feig has to say on the press tour for this movie.