Oh yeah you make an excellent point. I like to use the term underperform because I don't think making back 229 million worldwide from a 140 million budget qualifies as a box office bomb. I just believe that the film performed lower then the projected expectations the studio and all parties involved wanted it to.Well then I commend you on using the word underperform instead of box office bomb. It definitely didn't make what they expected it to, but once everything was factored in I think there was no choice but to change those expectations.
There is so much potential to still be tapped from the franchise and I feel that we are going to be in for some big suprises. I mean now that Ivan has retooled the deal with the studio we could be seeing a number of different Ghostbusters projects by many different directors. I know I am a broken record on this, but I am so looking forward to an oversaturation of GB goodness IF the next project performs well. I wonder if DC, Marvel or Star Wars fans get as excited as I am now.
As for Ecto Force I am very excited for what that could wind up being. I am not put off at the prospect of it being set in the future. I don't feel it is nessecary to set it that far in the future, but if it helps to set it apart from Classic and the Reboot that's cool. I think it could still work in a contemporary timeline. Whatever they decide to do with Ecto Force, (or whatever they decide to call it) I hope the core concept stays the same. The concept being following a set group of Ghostbusters that travel the world stopping hauntings, busting heads in a spiritual sense and teaming up with other Ghostbusters branches. If that concept stays the same it would really put some validity in all those awesome Fan Films we have seen from 2004 and up.
I have a feeling that Sony figured there would be some of the vile sexist backlash, but I think they figured that after the initial wave everyone else would be on board with the film, or at least with condemning the backlash. I don't think they realized how relentless it would be, or else they probably would've approached it differently than they did. In other words I think they figured that there would be a few Cassidys, but I don't think they figured there would be people turning out to stand behind the Cassidys.
That reminds me, does anyone know if the GB Reddit is still the River of Slime that it was, or has it been cleaned up somewhat?
I think you're right about seeing a lot more Ghostbusters in the future! Even though it's been around 33 years, Ghostbusters still has so much endless potential and I for one can't wait until it's tapped into again. I'd love to direct a variation on Ghostbusters someday. It's a long shot but it's something fun to think about! Right now I think the market is ready for the Scifi Comedy genre. This fall we saw the premiere of two Scifi comedy shows, The Orville (a really funny take on shows like Star Trek, highly recommend,) and Ghosted (I only saw the pilot, kind of meh.) Stranger Things seems to be all the rage, but I suspect it takes itself too seriously for many people who aren't that into Scifi.
I'd like to see a Ghostbusters show in the future. The international element could be really awesome, imagine them capturing ghosts at famous monuments all around the world! They could trace the origins of so many modern day paranormal beliefs. Vigo and Dracula are said to be based on the same creep, perhaps they could go to Transylvania to bust some vampire like ghosts. I know in Ghostbusters II they had an idea of Dana being captured by some paranormal cult in Scotland or someplace, maybe they'll revisit that idea. Even going to Sleepy Hollow would be a fun excurtion. I used to really be into "true" ghost stories, there are so many that I'd like for them to explore. And since so many are all over the world, the idea of Ecto Force sounds well suited to tackle them.
That's where being set in the future could come into play, as transportation could be easier and they could go all around the world and not be restricted travel wise to local hauntings.
With that said I've always wanted to see them bust some more ghosts in Central Park for some reason. And not just sitting on a bench waiting for them to jog by (even though that was super cool). I'd like to see them actually tracking hauntings and studying them for a while, maybe doing a little detective work. Tell me if I'm wrong but I think they could make it work!