The Hollywood News website The Wrap is reporting that Sony Pictures is entertaining the idea of a female-driven reboot of the original cult hit that would be written, directed and produced by Bridesmaids filmmaker Paul Feig.
While Sony was believed to be happy with the last draft of Ghostbusters 3 which was written by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder), the studio has had second thoughts and reversed course, sparking to Feig’s empowered take and discussing his rewriting the project from scratch, according to insiders.
It’s unclear what creative connection if any, the new Ghostbusters movie would have to the first two films, but it is not expected to have the number “3” in the title, leading to speculate that the movie will be a reboot of the franchise.
Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz, Ph.D.) and Ivan Reitman will likely remain involved as fellow producers given their ties to the series, but it’s unknown whether Aykroyd and fellow ghostbuster Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) would appear onscreen, perhaps passing their proton packs onto their college-aged daughters. Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett) has expressed in the past that she would like to see her now grown-up on-screen son, Oscar, become a Ghostbuster in a new Ghostbusters movie.
Sony has been actively seeking a director since The Lego Movie filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller turned down the opportunity to direct Ghostbusters III. The studio’s own Zombieland and Bad Teacher directors, Ruben Fleischer and Jake Kasdan, were also rumored to be in the mix.
Should Feig come onboard, the question would likely turn to casting, in which Melissa McCarthy’s name would inevitably come up, given her relationship with the director. McCarthy (Mike & Molly) became the breakout star of Feig’s Bridesmaids and went on to work him on The Heat and his upcoming Fox movie Spy.
Ghostbusters fans would likely urge McCarthy to use her powers of persuasion on Bill Murray, since the two co-star in St. Vincent and shared a sound booth for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.
Another strong possibility for the Ghostbusters reboot is Emma Stone, who passed on an earlier incarnation of the project when it was being developed as Ghostbusters 3. With starring roles in Zombieland, Easy A, the upcoming Cameron Crowe film and the Amazing Spider-Man series, Stone is a favorite among Sony executives, and it’s possible the studio may approach her down the line.
Stone’s very first Sony movie was Superbad, so she’s part of the same Friends of Judd Apatow Club of which Feig is a longtime member, plus she doesn’t have a rival franchise like Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games and X-Men) and Shailene Woodley (Divergent).
While Aykroyd has indicated that a new “Ghostbusters” movie could shoot as early as next Spring, Feig would likely need some time before he could focus his attention on the Ghostbusters reboot, as he’s in post-production on Spy, which Fox will release on May 22, 2015.
Feig has taken it upon himself to create comedic roles for women. He is represented by CAA and attorney Warren Dern.
Representatives for Sony, Feig and Stone all declined to comment for this story.
To be honest, I don’t know which sounds worse, a all-female Ghostbusters movie or a Ghostbusters reboot. Both sound like really bad ideas at the moment.
Why not a new Ghostbusters team with both men and women, like in Extreme Ghostbusters? That way, Oscar can still be a Ghostbuster!
And why a reboot? Most reboots are terrible, and destroys the original movie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Sure, add a sequel that adds to the franchise, but don’t paint over it by making a, most likely, terrible remake.