Sony Pictures is broadening the Ghostbusters franchise with the help of Ghost Corps, a production company in which original director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd are involved.

“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe,” said Reitman.

It is hoped the new film will be shot next year and released in 2017.

“It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies,” Reitman is quoted as saying.

After lying dormant for many years, the Ghostbusters franchise is back on track thanks to the first new film in which an all-female cast with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy will star.

However, not one to play favourites with the genders, Sony Pictures will also be producing an all-male film that will “compliment” the female reboot version. The new male version will likely star Channing Tatum as he has signed on to be producer of the film.

Sony Pictures has come under a hail of criticism about the decision to film a male-led film alongside the female-led film. The equal rights of women were finally realised last year when Sony announced that women will be able to bust ghosts in the future. However, this new development is makes Sony look like they are taking one step forward and then two steps back.

The president of Sony told that, “We wanted a solution that would benefit all genders and this felt like a compromise. No one gender should be allocated all the ghostbusting duties. When ghosts become real, we need to have workplace regulations in place to protect all members of society. Having men and women working alongside each other is unthinkable in 2015, which is why we are filming two films. Each cast will be separate but equal. As history has told us, this solution is always universally accepted.” are expected to write an article about this subject today which will reference comments made through Twitter on how we should fell about this news.