Ghostbusters franchise will be ‘endless’, promises hopeful Sony producer

Former Sony head Amy Pascal is sure fans will ‘demand more’ after watching the comedy

Here’s hoping the new, all-female Ghostbusters reboot wins round the haters because the franchise is “going to be endless”.

Producer Amy Pascal (yes, the former Sony CEO who quit over the 2014 email hack) has promised The Hollywood Reporter a ton of sequels and spin-offs because “people are going to love this movie so much that they’re going to demand more”.

Current Sony chairman Tom Rothman was similarly hopeful, saying at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Saturday that initial backlash against the remake has been “great” for publicity.

“The movie is a comedy, an entertaining comedy, but it is also now a real important part of the social conversation and you don’t usually get to do both of those things,” he said.

The four new Ghostbusters – Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones – faced nasty trolling from fans of the 1984 original, many of whom made sexist comments about the comic appeal of women.

Wiig and McCarthy confirmed recently that a scene which shows them reading out harsh remarks posted under a YouTube video of them ghost-busting was tweaked to mock the online abuse.

Early reviews of Paul Feig’s much-hyped movie have been largely positive, with the film racking up a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after arriving in UK cinemas yesterday.

It remains to be seen how Ghostbusters will perform at the box office, with the figures presumably informing where the studio will go next as far as follow-up films are concerned. It reaches US cinemas on Friday.

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