Sony Pictures is rumoured to have given up on making a
Ghostbusters 3, and is instead planning a reboot with a
female team, directed by Paul Feig.
The Hollywood Reporter cites sources claiming that Feig is
the front-runner for the director’s chair, and that he himself has
shown interest in the project. Whether the result will be a day-one
restart or involve some continuity with the classic team remains
While the traditional line-up consisted of Bill Murray, Dan
Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis, rumours that the new group
of spook stoppers will be women fits with Feig’s filmography.
Viewers of a certain age might remember Feig from his role as
put-upon teacher Mr Pool in Sabrina the
Teenage Witch, but nowadays he’s better known for his work
behind the camera, having directed the likes of
Bridesmaids and The Heat.
Conversely, the rumours could just be snarky industry
scuttlebutt. “Paul Feig? He does all those chick comedies! What’s
he gonna do, an all-female Ghostbusters team? LOL!” Sadly, we can
see that happening all too easily.
A third Ghostbusters film has — perhaps appropriately
— been in development hell ever since 1989’s second
film. An early version that saw the team transported to
Manhellton, a demonic version of Manhattan, was scrapped because of
budgetary concerns, while later script drafts dabbled with the
classic members passing the mantle to a new generation, much like
the cartoon series Extreme
Ghostbusters. However, Murray was consistently reluctant
to return as Peter Venkman, and following the death of Harold Ramis
in February this year (who played Egon Spengler and co-wrote the
1980s movies with Aykroyd, who in turn played Ray Stantz), original
director Ivan Reitman stepped away from the project.
Since then, the movie has been almost a revolving door of any
Hollywood director with some comedy credentials to their names.
Contenders have included The LEGO Movie’s Phil
Lord and Chris Miller, and Zombieland’s Ruben
Fleischer. Fleischer could have been a great pick, as anyone
who’s seen Zombieland knows he can nail the comedy,
action and horror elements of Ghostbusters, with one scene in
particular standing out.
While it’s still very early days regarding Feig’s appointment
and a possible all-woman team, a fairly safe bet would be on Melissa
McCarthy making an appearance. The comedian has starred in
three of Feig’s films to date, with their latest collaboration,
due next year.