Paul Feig Eyed to Direct GHOSTBUSTERS 3; May Be Total Reboot with Female-Led Cast

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The Ghostbusters 3 saga continues.  It seems like we’ve been reading about/reporting on a third Ghostbusters film or reboot for close to a decade now, with Dan Aykroyd promising every few months that a new Ghostbusters film is “really close” to happening/shooting/being released.  Some solid movement actually occurred earlier this year, as Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman decided to step back and simply produce the next Ghostbusters film while working closely with Sony to find a new director for the project.

At that time, we heard that Sony was hoping to start production on Ghostbusters 3 in early 2015, and while 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller quickly emerged as favorites to direct, subsequent reports suggested they turned the project down (indeed, they seemed to imply that they had some sort of discussions with Sony about the project in our interview from June). But now there’s some forward momentum on the project, as Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig is apparently being courted as the new Ghostbusters 3 director.  However, instead of a sequel, sources indicate that Feig might actually be spearheading a new Ghostbusters reboot with a female cast.  More after the jump.

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The folks over at THR initially reported that Paul Feig was being targeted to direct Ghostbusters 3, emerging as Sony’s top choice to helm the project.  The report was quick in noting that formal discussions have yet to take place, but that Feig has expressed interest in the project.  Subsequently, Variety reported that Feig is actually in line to direct a total Ghostbusters reboot that will “most likely” focus on female characters played by comedic actresses, adding that the script will be started over from scratch.  Instead of denying Variety’s claim, THR updated its story to reflect that “sources” indicate Feig could be eyeing a reboot instead of a sequel.

As with everything Ghostbusters 3-related, this is all to be taken with a grain of salt until cameras start rolling.  We’ve heard promises in the past of production start-dates and scripts that were “in great shape”, only to encounter radio silence for years at a time.  However, if these reports are indeed true, I’d say that Feig is one of the few directors who could get actually me interested in a new Ghostbusters film. Since co-creating Freaks and Geeks with Judd Apatow, Feig has carved out a fantastic niche in studio filmmaking, shepherding refreshingly female-led projects through the studio system to great success.  Bridesmaids was a smash, last year’s The Heat was a big summer hit, and Feig recently wrapped production on a spy action-comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne called Spy.

ghostbusters-rebootIf Feig is indeed planning a female-led Ghostbusters reboot, one can imagine the kind of talent he might be able to attract to the project.  More importantly, we could rest assured that this won’t be some pandering “women kick ass too” movie that misses the point of what really makes a strong female character. Variety cautions that Ghostbusters wouldn’t necessarily be Feig’s next film, adding that the director has several scripts in development at Fox that could go after Spy.  Again, neither THR nor Variety say that Feig has had any formal discussions about directing a new Ghostbusters film so this could all be moot by Monday morning, but it’s certainly a promising prospect.

If Feig does direct a new Ghostbusters reboot with a female-led cast, who would you like to see don the proton packs?  McCarthy seems like an obvious choice, and Byrne has certainly been doing some excellent scene-stealing comedic work as of late.  I’d love to see Amy Poehler involved somehow, 22 Jump Street scene-stealer Jillian Bell is an excellent young talent on the rise, and I imagine Jenny Slate would make a fantastic addition to the franchise.  Sound off in the comments below with your picks.




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    • dolphin558

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    • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

      I can’t upvote this enough. No-one needs this movie.

  • Craig Goldberg

    Yes Jenny Slate and Jillian Bell would be perfect. I hope they mix it up and at least have one dude in there. And please keep Melissa Mccarthy away, her time is up and I can only handle her in small doses. More females that I think would be great in a GB reboot: Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Nasim Pedrad.

    • Matt1

      There’s something about that Aubrey Plaza chick that rubs me the wrong way. She’s cute and all, but she always comes across as kind of a bitch even when she’s not trying to be.

      • Norrtron

        I’m pretty sure that’s what she’s going for.

      • Sordan

        Yeah… but she shouldn’t.

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Shouldn’t?

      • LEM

        That’s kind of her thing.

  • James

    Does this site have shares in Jenny Slate? Some failed comedienne that’s in a few indie projects right now. I don’t see the appeal. At all. Ghostbusters worked as it was male snl stars from the 70′s with a 70′s-male-snl-star POV with a nifty concept. If they were ever going to pull the trigger and replace the cast, they would have done so with the 90′s cast. This will film will never and probably should never be made. Murray is too old and hates it, Ramis has passed, and Akroyd isn’t enough. Let it die.

    • LEM

      I hated her until I saw her in “Married”.

  • Colonel_Neville_Wraithchild

    As a Ghostbusters fan I feel this news like a kick to the crotch.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I think a female cast is waft we need to turn the cultural resonance of the Ghostbusters legacy around. Go for it

  • Jack Dennis

    i don’t know about an all female cast but a mixed group of ghostbusters would be great.amy poehler would be one of my choice as well as rose byrne.as for guys maybe paul rudd and chris pratt.thats my dream cast right there

  • Grendal Sven

    I am going to retreat into the box fort me and my son made last night, hug my teddy, and pretend I didn’t read this article.

  • ens

    ummmmmm if it turns out to be a reboot with an all female cast, I won’t be suggesting any actresses that I would like to see don the proton packs because I won’t be going!!!!!!!!

  • appolox

    I think the female cast is a great idea (I’d love to Rebel Wilson don a proton pack). But why does it need to be a reboot? Why can’t it just be like a passing of the torch kinda thing?

  • jason

    They need to keep it a sequel & keep McCarthy/poehler away from it!!

    • astronautbutter

      I personally feel like putting comedians in the roles is completely the wrong answer. Ghostbusters is so much more than just jokes. Bill Murray just had a special brand of snark that meshed so perfectly with the series, but it took 3 straight men on the team to keep him anchored.

      • 80sRobot

        An observation I would agree on. So who would be the closest thing to a female equivalent? I joked Sandra Bullock in one of my comments above. Emily Blunt as another choice?

      • astronautbutter

        That’s a tricky situation. I feel like any franchise is better suited to replace with someone who is the opposite instead of similar. No matter who you find, they’ll never do Bill Murray quite like him.

        I am opposed to major names playing a part in established franchises. Sandra Bullock would outshine the role (like Ben Affleck will now outshine Bruce Wayne). I can’t think of any feature film names that jump out at me, although I appreciate the Emily Blunt idea.

        However, I think of Orange is the New Black actors in possible roles and find myself amused. They already know how to rock the jumpsuits and work as an ensemble. Put Kate Mulgrew in anything and we know she’d nail it.

  • Jcool

    The idea of Ghostbusters reboot staring Melissa McCarthy makes my inner child cry.

    • Werefon

      Or Puke.

  • astronautbutter

    I’m ok with Ghostbusters not being an all-boys club, but the last time this franchise tried to diversify just for the sake of diversity, we got Extreme Ghostbusters. I actually want a new Ghostbusters, but it’s going to be such a difficult task for Sony to get it right.

  • MCP

    Bleh… Pass!

    So I guess the Twinkie line will be replaced by a taco?

  • 80sRobot

    Christ, Sony.

  • J

    Something like this was bound to happen after Harold Ramis passed. I, for one, am happy to simply watch the original… otherwise, I hope they cast the best people, regardless of gender.

  • WTF Guy

    If you are going to F it up with an all female cast, go all the way and hire the Kardashians.

  • theseeker7

    No. No. No. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    I am the biggest fan of Ghostbusters (and, believe it or not, Part II) you could ever meet, and there’s zero incarnation in which I want this to happen. Please stop, Sony.

  • http://midnightmax.blogspot.com/ Travis Callaway

    Ok, where’s the petition to stop this sh!tstain of an idea?

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Those never work when it comes to movies…

      • 80sRobot

        THANKS OBAMA

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Obama wasn’t around when the fanboys complained about Keaton playing Batman. lol

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Obama wasn’t around when the fanboys complained about Keaton playing Batman. lol

  • 80sRobot

    Starring Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock and Zoe Saldana. With special appearances by Tina Fey and Kim Kardashian. Song “Bust It!” by Beyonce. Rated PG-13. In IMAX 3D.

    • MJ

      that sound you just heard was my virtual puke…..

  • Dpw

    I hate McCarthy for this. The reason the first GB worked was Murphy’s comedic genius. McCarthy’s dumb LCD fart humor is a bad fit for this project. I also agree with some commenters, why does it have to be an all guy or girl cast? How about having a team of girls and guys on the team? Love Byrne. She can do dramatic and funny…could be a good role for her. Or, why not just make a new, non-GB movie with all girl paranormal ghost hunters…I know they’re desperate for this franchise to be unearthed, but let’s not get desperate. Also, I would try to keep Akroyd away from this (if possible)…

  • MikeyTheRiot

    whoa. If i was Aykroyd, I would be reallllllly pissed right now

    • 80sRobot

      Who’s to say he isn’t behind this latest brilliant idea?

      • MikeyTheRiot

        Hahaha, highly doubt that. Typcial studio execs f-ing things up again

      • Iggy Pop Barker

        You laugh, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Aykroyd was totally fine with such a turn of events. His own ideas for a sequel haven’t exactly been stellar either… so if neither the creators or (insert supposed cream of modern comedy here) can make a go of this perhaps it’s time to let it die.

  • Ryan

    Anything’s better than Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill.

  • MJ

    Just can this idea forever now please. Enough!

  • Stiggs

    Did anyone actually enjoy The Heat? I thought that it was practically unwatchable.

  • YodaRocks

    If it’s a female led cast then, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Julia Louise Dreyfus and Amy Shcumer.

  • Gio

    How about just no.

  • Norrtron

    Is there anyone left that actually believe Ghostbusters 3 rumors? I’m not going to pay ANY attention until a studio issues a press release with something official.

  • Tchokes

    You know what?

    An all-female Ghostbusters?

    I am surprising pumped for this idea. It would be the same humor/creepy movie we love, but with new, refreshing characters. I approve!

    • lord jim

      it would be the same humor/creepy movie, yeah sure!!you clearly don´t understand what made the first movie (hint:the writing and the cast) and you probably haven´t seen any remakes/reboots of classics (hint:they are never the movie we loved.and the only cases of great remakes are the ones where a director with a fresh idea searched for a studio (carpenter, cronenberg,phillip kaufman) to finance his idea, and not the other way round, so dream on!

  • THIS SURE SUCKS

    Melissa McCarthy would be a good fit for the role of Slimer though.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ispeakaboutnothing SomeGuyTalks

    To quote the wise Darth Vader ” Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo”

  • Werefon

    Did Feminists Win some sort of Secret War?
    I guess now we should find X-Ray sunglasses, just like in John Carpenter’s “They Live”, to recognize them and destroy once and for all.

    Stop the Pussyfication of World.

    P.S. I need a girlfriend.
    P.S.S. Guys fine too I guess (just to support the ideology of stopping the Pussyfication).

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Kristin Wiig, Sarah Silverman, Aubrey Plaza and pretty much anybody from Orange is the New Black…
    That is, if this ever happens and people learn to just deal with it and make the best of it.

    • 80sRobot

      Yeah, we may as well go with it — let’s suggest our best ideas here for the fuck/fun of it.

      So here is my suggested all-female GB trio: Emily Blunt, Jillian Bell, Uzo Aduba. (My picks are based on projecting how well these three could work together, while each retaining a unique on-screen persona they are known for.) The fourth who joins in time for the climax should be a young guy.

      Cast Tina Fey as the mayor of NYC, and put in Maisie Williams or Emma Stone as Blunt’s little sister.

  • Ruprect

    No. Just No.

  • nom79

    If its an all female cast, this is horrible news. I’d rather it be a mixed crowd. Different backgrounds and at least 1 female is good but a full female team? Kind of a step in the wrong direction. I can see why Bill Murray wants nothing to do with this. LOL!

  • astronautbutter

    If any female actress deserves to be a Ghostbuster, then it’s the badass actress who already has a history with the series: Sigourney Weaver. Too bad her character has already been determined to be more damsel-in-distress and less of her Avatar/Galaxy Quest alter ego.

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  • poppincherry

    Maya Rudolph(Spengler), Kristian Wiig(Stantz) and Melissa McCarthy(Venkman). Period!
    And, and Tyler Perry as Madea for Annie Potts.
    Whaaaaaat! That’s a freaking cast baby!!!

  • mattinacan

    sweet, another movie added to my list of things i’ll never go see

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