Rebel Wilson Says She’s Had a Meeting with Paul Feig for the GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot

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For years and years, as Sony Pictures tried to get Ghostbusters 3 off the ground, I maintained that the film would never actually happen.  It seemed too impossible that all of the right pieces would align to make a worthwhile follow-up, especially since Sony had been trying to develop a solid script for a long while.  And then Paul Feig came to the rescue.  The studio approached the Bridesmaids director about the Ghostbusters property, and after taking some time to think on it, he came back with a unique take: reboot the franchise with a female-led cast.  This really seems like the best possible approach to a new Ghostbusters movie, and with Feig leading the charge as director (working with his The Heat scribe Kate Dippold on the screenplay), the series finally appears to be in good hands.

As soon as word surfaced that a Feig-led, all-female Ghobusters reboot was being developed, fans began offering up suggestions of who might fill out the ensemble.  There are a number of talented actress who could shine in the film, and now one such actress—Rebel Wilson—has confirmed that she has indeed met about the movie.  More after the jump.

Snoopy Flies through the CG-Animated Skies in First Full-Length THE PEANUTS MOVIE Trailer

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20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have released the first full-length The Peanuts Movie trailer for the CG-animated adaptation of the beloved, iconic characters created by the late Charles Schulz.  Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!) and produced by Paul Feig, the story follows “the little round-headed boy with the indomitable optimism on a quest to get something he’s sure he needs, even though he discovers he’s pretty OK just as he is.”  Even though the trailer uses a pop song, it’s clear that it’s part of the trailer and not part of the movie.  The movie looks not only charming, but more importantly, that it’s keeping the tone of the comic and TV specials.  That’s the real challenge, and I’m very encouraged by this new trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The Peanuts Movie opens in 3D on November 6, 2015

New PEANUTS Movie Images Show a Refreshing Reverence for Charles Schulz’ Iconic Comic Strip

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20th Century Fox and Blue Sky have released new images from the animated adaptation of Charles Schulz‘ classic comic strip Peanuts.  The movie is a little under a year away, and producer Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Freaks and Geeks) tells USA Today that if the film had a title closer to other Peanuts adaptations, he would probably call it “Don’t Give Up, Charlie Brown!“.  According to USA Today, “The story follows the little round-headed boy with the indomitable optimism on a quest to get something he’s sure he needs, even though he discovers he’s pretty OK just as he is.”  I assume he needs a trustworthy football holder.

Hit the jump to see the new Peanuts movie images and to learn more about the film.  Peanuts opens November 6, 2015.  A cast has yet to be announced, but it’s suspected that the adult characters will be voiced by Muffled Trombone.

Director Paul Feig Says New GHOSTBUSTERS is a Total Reboot; Details the Benefits of a Female Ensemble

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Yesterday came the major news that Paul Feig was officially directing Ghostbusters 3 (which we’ll now just be referring to as the Ghostbusters reboot since that’s what it really is).  Katie Dippold has been hired to co-write the script with Feig and it will center around a cast of “hilarious women.”  All of this sounds really good to me, as it won’t have anything to do with the tired “handing over of the torch” concept we’d been hearing about for years.

And now it’s also confirmed that this will not be a sequel of any kind, but rather a hard reboot.  It won’t follow the events of the first two films, which I think is a wise choice.  Paul Feig recently opened up about the film and the logic behind the choices he’s making.  Hit the jump for more on the Ghostbusters reboot.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Hires Katie Dippold to Write Script With Director Paul Feig, Female Cast Confirmed

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Well I guess it turns out that Paul Feig is directing Ghostbusters 3 after all since we’re hearing that Katie Dippold (who wrote The Heat), has just been signed to co-write the third installment with Feig.  This is actually not at all who I expected would get the gig, and it’s all the more refreshing because of it.  Typically these giant franchises land in the hands of someone who has a lot of credits and a long track record with the studios, and even though Dippold’s last film was a giant hit, she’s still something of a new voice.  In my mind this is most certainly a positive development.

It’s been rumored for a while now that this take on Ghostbusters 3 would be a reboot of sorts that focusses on a strong female ensemble with minimal appearances from the established cast.  With Bill Murray unwilling and Harold Ramis gone, I certainly hope this is the direction the project is still headed in.  Hit the jump for more on Katie Dippold writing Ghostbusters 3.

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.

First Teaser Trailer for CG-Animated PEANUTS Movie

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Fresh off last night’s debut image unveiling, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have released the first trailer for the CG-animated Peanuts.  Based on the beloved, iconic characters created by the late Charles Schulz, the film is directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!) and boasts Paul Feig as its producer.  While many were (rightfully) wary of a CG iteration of the Peanuts characters, this first teaser is pleasantly surprising.  Instead of a smooth, Ice Age-style animation, Peanuts maintains some of the hand-drawn charm of Schulz’s original work.  Since the film is over a year from release, this teaser doesn’t give us any hint of the plot (which will delve into Snoopy’s fantasy world), but for now I’m quite pleased with the animation style and cautiously optimistic for the full feature film.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer.  Peanuts opens in 3D on November 6, 2015

Jude Law in Talks to Join Melissa McCarthy Comedy SUSAN COOPER

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Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is putting together quite the cast for his upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper.  Feig wrote the project for Melissa McCarthy to star as a female James Bond-type, and the cast has recently been filled out with Jason Statham and McCarthy’s Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne.  Now The Wrap reports that Jude Law is in final negotiations to sign on, marking a shift to a purely comedic role for the actor and a casting coup for the Susan Cooper production.  Hit the jump for more.

See Ellen DeGeneres Dance Through the Warner Bros. Backlot in 2014 Oscars Promo Directed by Paul Feig

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The Oscars have released a neat promo for the 2014 awards ceremony.  Host Ellen DeGeneres suits up in a bow tie and sneakers, then dances through the Warner Bros. backlot lipsynching Fitz and The Tantrums’ “The Walker” as dozens of tuxedoed backup dancers join her in a choreographed routine.  The spot was directed by Paul Feig (The Heat)—I just now realized how much I want Feig to direct an old-fashioned musical.

Watch the promo after the jump.  The Oscars air Sunday, March 2, 2014 on ABC.

BRIDESMAIDS and THE HEAT Director Paul Feig May Helm Untitled Comedy for Fox

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Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is not exactly lacking for material, and he may be adding another potential project to his slate.  Deadline reports that Feig is attached to produce and possibly direct an untitled comedy pitch for 20th Century Fox.  Plot details are under wraps, but Feig hatched the idea as “a vehicle for a group of ethnically diverse comic actresses.”  Melissa Stack, who recently wrote the upcoming Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman, is attached to pen the script.  Feig will produce alongside Jessie Henderson under their Feigco banner, which aims to make R-rated comedies at Fox.

Feig is coming off the success of this summer’s Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat and he will next direct McCarthy in the spy comedy Susan Cooper, which also stars Jason Statham and Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne.  Additionally, he is developing a The Heat spinoff focusing on the characters played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin.

Paul Feig Developing THE HEAT Spinoff Focusing on Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin’s Characters

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Though Sandra Bullock may not be 100% game for making a straight-up sequel to this summer’s comedy hit The Heat, director Paul Feig is still toying around with ideas of how to continue the story.  Deadline reports that the Bridesmaids filmmaker is developing a feature film spinoff that would focus on the characters of Beth and Gina, who were scene-stealing members of Melissa McCarthy’s extended family.  Played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin, respectively, the characters harassed Bullock’s straight-laced cop with questions about her gender and whether or not she was a “nahc” in very thick Boston accents, so a feature film spinoff would appear to be something along the lines of a comedy version of The Fighter.

Tracy McAlpin will write the script, and Feig is currently hashing out the storyline with McAlpin and Jessie Henderson, who will produce alongside Feig.  Denbo and Chaffin have extensive experience in the world of comedy, as they together formed the comedic duo Ronna and Beverly.

Paul Feig to Produce Animated PEANUTS Movie, Due November 6, 2015

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It’s the time of year to play the Peanuts holiday classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and in no coincidence, today also brings news that Paul Feig will produce and oversee the animated Peanuts feature for Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.  Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!), the Peanuts feature will be based on the iconic characters created by the late Charles Schulz.  The script was written by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano.  Now due out November 6, 2015, Peanuts will mark Feig’s first animated feature and he couldn’t be happier.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Rose Byrne May Reteam with Melissa McCarthy on Spy Comedy SUSAN COOPER; Amanda Seyfried Set Opposite Russell Crowe in FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS

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Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig has settled on the “female James Bond” pic Susan Cooper as his next project, and he’s assembling a little Bridesmaids reunion in the process.  Melissa McCarthy is already set to lead the film in the title role, and now The Wrap reports that Rose Byrne is in early talks to sign on.  Feig penned the script for the potential franchise starter, which will begin filming next spring while McCarthy is on hiatus from her CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.  Byrne will be seen early next year opposite Seth Rogen in the comedy Neighbors.

Additionally, in a Les Miserables reunion Deadline reports that Amanda Seyfried has been set to play Russell Crowe’s daughter in director Gabriele Muccino’s (Seven Pounds) drama Fathers and Daughters.  The film takes place in two time periods: one in the 1980s where Crowe’s famous novelist and widower character struggles with mental illness while he raises his 5-year-old daughter, and another in present day New York where the grown up daughter battles her childhood demons.

Paul Feig Talks THE HEAT on Blu-ray, a MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER Commentary Track, and Progress on SUSAN COOPER and PEOPLE IN NEW JERSEY

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With Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) The Heat arriving on Blu-ray and DVD today, I recently landed an exclusive phone interview with the busy director.  As most of you know, the film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord.  As you can see in the trailers and clips, the film features some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and it’s great to see two women as the leads in a buddy cop comedy.

During the interview, Feig talked about the special features on the Blu-ray like the deleted scenes and how he got the Mystery Science Theater guys to do a commentary track, the box office success of the film, his thoughts on the running time for comedies, the status of Susan Cooper with Melissa McCarthy (they start filming in March), the pilot he’s directing called People in New Jersey, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Paul Feig Recently Pitched a WONDER WOMAN Action-Comedy Where She Kept Hitting the Glass Ceiling

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Earlier this week, Warner Bros. reiterated its pledge to make a Wonder Woman movie.  Arguably the most famous female superhero, the Amazonian princess still hasn’t gotten a feature film, and I doubt it will happen any time soon if Warners is still waffling between telling her story in movies or on TV.  But they have fielded pitches from creative folk, and last night at an event for the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Heat, director Paul Feig revealed he recently gave the studio his idea for what a Wonder Woman movie should be.

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