The long-touted Ghostbusters 3 film will allegedly revolve around an all female team of parapsychologists.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that it will also be a reboot of the entire franchise, while their source also confirmed that a group of actresses will pursue paranormal activities in the same vein that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson did in 1984’s Ghostbusters and its 1989 follow-up.
A group of directors have now also been linked to the franchise too, and it looks as though Paul Feig is the frontrunner to oversee the highly anticipated project.
Feig seems like a good fit for the film, especially if it does feature an all female cast as his last two films starred mainly women. Having made his feature film debut with 2006’s Unaccompanied Minors, which was both poorly received and failed to generate an impressive sum at the box office, he followed this up with 2011’s Bridesmaids.
As many of you know, the Kristen Wiig vehicle, which she also co-wrote and starred in, was a huge success. Not only did the film garner incredible reviews, but on a $32.5 million budget it went on to take $288 million. He then followed this up with 2013’s The Heat, which was a buddy-cop blockbuster starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI special agents, and that was also a rousing triumph too.
He recently finished work on Spy, which once again sees him team up with McCarthy, who plays a secret agent named Susan Cooper. The movie also stars Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, and Miranda Hart.
Feig is thought to be really interested in taking on the project too, but he’s yet to enter negotiations. Meanwhile, 22 Jump Street’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller are back-up choices.
Ghostbusters 3 has long been in development. Aykroyd wrote a script for a potential third film back in the 1990s, which saw the original Ghostbusters transported to an alternate dimension. However, all of the lead actors, except for Aykroyd, weren’t interested in reprising their roles.
Then in 2009, it was speculated that an entire new cast of Ghostbusters would come together in another movie, and in October 2010 it was revealed that The Office’s writer and producers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg had been working on its script.
Ivan Reitman, who directed the original films, was originally attached to oversee the film’s production, but after original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis died, he dropped out.
Stupnitsky and Eisenberg’s script is believed to have been slightly adjusted after the infamous comedic filmmakers death in February.