A Ghostbusters 2016 sequel might be in jeopardy. However, could a change in its casting guarantee that it would push through?

Despite wide criticism, producer Amy Pascal expressed optimism at the possibility of a Ghostbusters 2016 sequel. Indeed, Sony Pictures chair Tom Rothman shared her excitement about the film during its premiere. This was despite the numerous criticisms that hit them in the course of production.

The reboot proved to be one of the highly debated films of 2016. It faced numerous trials from day one. Fanatics certainly made it a point to voice out their opinions, and it seemed they did not appreciate every detail of the film. They opposed the female casting, they rebuked the trailers and they slammed the soundtrack.

The day for the final verdict has come. Yet the news does not bode well for a Ghostbusters 2016 sequel. It seems a month after it hit theaters, box office tallies point to a dismal reception of the reboot. Figures point to a significant loss for Sony Pictures considering the substantial budget it cost to produce the film. Yet a Sony rep denied the alleged loss and pointed out the various income-generating streams spawned by the film. Even so, box-office analyst Jeff Bock revealed the fate of the franchise and its female cast.

“Ghostbusters is on ice until further notice. I just can’t fathom the creative talents behind it — Feig, McCarthy, Wiig, etc. — slogging out another one when the reception to the first one was so mediocre,” Bock stated. As it turns out, the studio seems to be considering the animated route for succeeding releases of the franchise. This supposedly includes a full-length film in 2019 and a TV series in 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Thus, the chances of a sequel seem unlikely at this time. Then again, would replacing its female casting be an option?

Would changing the all-female cast result in a Ghostbusters 2016 sequel?