UPDATE: Drew Pearce took to Twitter and let the world know that his Ghostbusters team will be comprised of men and women. So there you go. Once again, this terrible idea suddenly sounds a little less terrible (even if it still seems awfully unnecessary).

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Paul Feig is probably too busy filming his Ghostbusters reboot to be annoyed by the fact that a second reboot of the classic franchise is officially moving forward. Well, we hope he’s too busy to let himself be bothered by this nonsense, but here we are. Someone in the Ghostbusters hierarchy have apparently decided that men don’t get enough cinematic representation and that a second Ghostbusters movie starring dudes is in order, just in case the women in the audience start to realize that they too can bust ghosts in supernatural comedies.

The last time we heard news of this second reboot, it appeared to be dead or dying. But now, screenwriter Drew Pearce has revealed to MTV that he’s finished his script for the male-centric Ghostbusters:

I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks. Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did ’Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and are doing ’Civil War’ at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it is, but hopefully in one year’s time you’ll know!

What’s really unfortunate here is that everyone seemingly involved in this project is so darn likable. Pearce is an excellent writer whose credits include Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Iron Man 3. Joe and Anthony Russo are smart, capable journeymen who can balance the humor and action necessary for a Ghostbusters movie. Heck, Pearce even goes on to confirm that the production is going after Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt for roles and how can we turn our nose up at a starring those guys? C’mon. Please stop making this sound appealing.

To his credit, Pearce also says that he wants this second Ghostbusters team to coexist in the same shared universe as Feig’s team, which certainly lines up with the rumors of a large, expanded Ghostbusters franchise that we’ve been hearing about for awhile now. This way, Kristen Wiig, Melisa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones won’t get wiped away – they’ll still exist, battling specters in Manhattan while the guy trap poltergeists in Brooklyn. Or something. Who knows? Here’s his statement on the matter:

My personal inclination is to try and make everything occur in the same ’Ghostbusters’ universe, because I feel, as a fan, that’s what I would want. Standing here in New York, you just wanna tie it all together. Whether that happens or not we’ll see, but I’ve certainly given them the tools to do that, I hope.

Eventually, both teams will join forces for Ghostbusters: Age of Slimer.

So this is strange, conflicted news for people who like good things and great news for people who are terrified of women in Ghostbusters jumpsuits. This whole thing is weird and we won’t blame you if you want to tap out on this series until footage from Feig’s film begins to arrive.

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