Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters. GIRLS!
Paul Feig, the director behind Bridesmaids and The Heat, is in talks to reimagine the iconic Ghostbusters. Though the paranormal-pursuing, supernatural-seizing ghost hunters were originally played by Dan Aykroyd, the late Harold Ramis, and Bill Murray, Feig’s reboot would feature a team of comediennes in the title roles. According to Variety, the Sony Pictures production will be “written from scratch” and is not a Ghostbusters 3 as previously reported.
If he takes on the Ghostbusters franchise, Feig could easily pull from his arsenal of funny female leads. His Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids starred Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, and he’s worked with Melissa McCarthythree times, most-recently for her upcoming comedy Spy. Imagine those three overtaking The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!
Again, Feig’s involvement with the Ghostbusters reboot is still in the talks phase, and Sony refuses to comment on any negotiation noise. However, if the project comes to light, we won’t see it for a while; Feig has four other films on his plate, including two slated for a 2015 drop.
As for Ghostbusters 3, the official followup to the 1984 and 1989 installments has been embroiled in drama since it was first conceived in the 1990s. Rewrites have abounded, rumored castings of Emma Stone and Jonah Hill have been shut down, and Murray has remained disinterested in another sequel. Sounds like they need women to clean up the franchise.