Tuesday has the Hollywood reporter reported that it previously confirmed Ghostbusters reboot movie, directed by Paul Feig (freaks and nerds, The heat), had secured its leading cast, and just like that Feig had said last yearthey are all ladies – and funny ones too. Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig and her Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy tops the list, followed by current SNL actors Leslie Jones (Top five) and Kate McKinnon.
The biggest sci-fi comedy franchise of the ’80s has never seen a third official movie starring the original cast; the closest that came was with the 2009 video game, which featured voice performances from all four of the original “Busters” (but no signs of Rick Moranis or Sigourney Weaver; the game opted to cast Alyssa Milano as the lead). That game certainly fell short of fans’ expectations, a fact Ramis alluded to in a 2009 interview about the game’s “recurrence of comedy.”
Plan for one ghost buster 3 changed drastically after the death of Harold Ramis in 2013, after which the director of the original film, Ivan Reitman, dropped out of any possible sequel. Bill Murray, who reportedly stalled progress with a Ghostbusters sequel prior to Ramis’s death, made its own suggestions for an all-female cast last year, and two of its picks — McCarthy and Wiig — apparently made the cut. (“I would go see that movie,” he added.)
In interviews, Feig has insisted that the movie, which the Hollywood Reporter says could start shooting as early as this summer in New York City, will be a total timeline reboot. “We can have a new dynamic,” Feig said Weekly entertainment last year. “I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t experienced it, so it’s like, ‘oh my god what’s going on hand?'”