Last August, we wrote about a possible “Ghostbusters” reboot happening, or not happening. It was later confirmed in October that yes, it was definitely happening, but with a twist. The twist is that the reboot will include a feminine touch! And now, the all-new, all-female Ghostbusters are finally here!
It has been a difficult journey though as the reboot has endured a long development process. Original director Ivan Reitman was on board to return, but while original cast members Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson had agreed to reprise their characters, Bill Murray proved elusive. Ivan Reitman then bowed out of the project when Harold Ramis passed away last year.
Following Ivan Reitman’s departure, Paul Feig was approached to direct and re-conceived the project as a reboot starring an all-female cast.
Melissa McCarthy, who was already in talks for one of the leads, has signed on for the Paul Feig-directed reboot, and Sony is now negotiating with Kristen Wiig as well as Saturday Night Live players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
Leslie Jones, who is currently onscreen in Chris Rock’s “Top Five”, joined SNL early last year and this fall was promoted to feature player status. Kate McKinnon, on the other hand, has been on SNL since 2012 and last year was nominated for an Emmy for her work. Negotiations are ongoing, but the quartet are expected to sign on as the spectre-seeking, poltergeist-punishing, phantom-phollowing foursome in the reboot, which is eyeing a summer shoot in New York.
The film is set for release on 22nd July 2016, Paul Feig confirmed via his Twitter account:
Honestly, we can’t even pretend that we’re not the least bit excited about this! Are you too? Let us know in the comments box below!