‘Ghostbusters’ sequel unlikely after box office loss; animated series in the works

Kate McKinnon attends the premiere of "Ghostbusters" at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on July 9, 2016. Sony is unlikely to make a sequel with the all-female cast after disappointing box office receipts. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot looks like it will fall short of breaking even, leading Sony to reportedly shelve any future plans for a sequel.

The studio is looking at a potential loss of $70 million-plus on the film, leaving its plans for a live-action franchise potentially off the table, according to The Hollywood Reporter .

Though yet to be released in some markets, “Ghostbusters” has earned just under $180 million worldwide.

A studio rep said the calculation is “way off,” but is mum on the future of the series.

Sony announced in June that it was developing an animated TV series called “Ghostbusters: Ecto Force,” which is tentatively scheduled for next year.

There’s also talk of an animated movie, that would return to the all-male cast.

The Sony rep cautioned not to count “Ghostbusters” out too quickly, with money from “multiple revenue streams” yet to be tallied.

“With multiple revenue streams, including consumer products, gaming, location-based entertainment, continued international rollout, and huge third-party promotional partnerships that mitigated costs, the bottom line, even before co-financing, is not remotely close to that number,” the rep said.


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