Sony Hiring 'Bridesmaids' Director for Female 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

August 2, 2014
Source: Variety

Ghostbusters / Paul Feig

With as troubled and arduous the path to making Ghostbusters 3 has been for years now, the latest report about Sony Pictures reviving the paranormal comedy classic sounds like the best idea yet. Variety has word that Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig is currently being lined up by the studio to direct and produce a Ghostbusters reboot with a cast of female characters played be comedic actresses. However, that doesn't mean Ghostbsuters 3 is entirely dead as the trade notes, "It’s unclear whether another director will be chosen for that project or if this reboot will take its place." We hope the latter is the case.

As successful as all the female led films like The Hunger Games and Divergent have been lately, not to mention all the success Feig has had with his aforementioned female driven comedies, this is just a great idea. I'm already envisioning Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Ghostbusters suits, but there's plenty of other names who would be great like Emma Stone (who was previously rumored for a role in Ghostbusters 3), Rashida Jones, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Brie Larson, Cobie Smulders, Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and probably many more I can't think of right now. Melissa McCarthy has been left out intentionally because we need a break after Tammy.

Honestly, with Harold Ramis dead and Bill Murray seemingly having no interest in the film, this seems like the best course of action. The question is whether the film has ties to the original franchise or if they decide just to be a complete reboot with no mythology whatsoever in play. One thing's for sure, this reboot won't be using the Ghostbusters 3 script, and a new screenplay will be written from scratch. That doesn't necessarily mean Dan Aykroyd or Ernie Hudson couldn't still have cameos, but it does seem to hint at a new film that doesn't exist in the same world as the original 1984 film. Anyway, Paul Feig has been retweeting people talking about this news, so it seems to be true. We'll just have to sit back and see how it all plays out. Sony should probably register the title Ghostbustiers just to be safe. Thoughts?

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Good news? You think this is good news?

CoolwhipSpecial on Aug 2, 2014



OfficialJab on Aug 3, 2014



Jon Odishaw on Aug 2, 2014



blindexecutioner on Aug 2, 2014


how about no

Seph Matienzo on Aug 2, 2014


Feel like a better idea would be a reboot with a cast of both male and female and keep any romance shit out of it.

Brian Sleider on Aug 2, 2014


Guys don't you know that the internet is full of boys and they think girls are icky? They don't want to see a Ghostbusters with women. Women are only in movies to take their tops off and keep their mouths shut. If you let he be the center of the films all the little boys on the internets will lose their minds.

Christopher Roberts on Aug 2, 2014


Male comics make everyone laugh. Female comics usually only make humour geared towards other women, and the stuff that is funny is Will Farrel slap stick type shit, which I do enjoy.. Just not in a Ghostbusters movie... That comment shows exactly what’s wrong. Because any form of appropriate criticism is ultimately overshadowed by “you feel threated by women”. It’s not an argument, it’s an assumption that derails almost any thoughtful discussion and turns it into a “you don’t like it because you’re a boy/girl” mudfight.

John MaFukin Hodgson on Oct 10, 2014


It could work. I've already imagined them being students at the university the original ghostbusters teach at. At being older and scared of today's ghost they refuse and the girls step in! It could work!

yeah right on Aug 2, 2014


What the WHAT!

DAVIDPD on Aug 3, 2014


WHAT?!!!! ha

Have Hope on Aug 3, 2014


I'd watch that film.

Maxx on Aug 3, 2014


Just...I no. Poor Ramis is spinning in his grave.

MrFoo on Aug 3, 2014


Also wouldn't mind the participation of Wendi Mclendon-Covey and/or Ellie Kemper.

Dustin Asher on Aug 3, 2014


Just as long as they keep Melissa MCCarthy Far far FAR away!

Howell Selburn on Aug 3, 2014


Omg. I posted a comment almost 2 years ago, suggesting this very idea. You can read it in the comments of this article: My comment was: "Why does everything always have to be a bunch of dudes + a token female? The Smurfette Principle is alive and well in Hollywood. Why not make it 3 women + 1 guy? And what's more, continue with the SNL/stand-up comedy type alumni - imagine say, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig as the Ghostbusters? That would be amazing! (And don't say they're not "young" enough - Ramis was 40 in the original. Fey is 42, Wiig is 39, Poehler is 41)" I wonder if someone from Sony saw it? Either way, I am so thrilled with this news (or at least rumour)!

crystaltowers on Aug 3, 2014


Good God. I feel like this would be more of a parody than a remake/reboot/whateverthefuck. Especially with McCarthy involved, which you know she will be. Horrible idea and I hope it tanks.

grimjob on Aug 3, 2014


I don't care what they do with this awful idea, just don't give it the Ghostbusters name or branding.

cobrazombie on Aug 3, 2014


I love how everyone rags on Melissa McCarthey when you know she is the only one mentioned above who is more or less already cast in the movie. I can see the below happening/already being pitched to execs: -Melissa McCarthey -Emma Stone (Alison Brie 2nd choice) -Kristin Wiig (Lizzy Caplan 2nd choice) -Rashida Jones (Maya Rudolph 2nd choice)

ds NYC on Aug 3, 2014


Hey thanks a lot for planting that bad seed in their heads! Actually, I'm kidding. I don't think it would be such a bad idea at all. Then again, I was never a big fan of Ghostbusters anyway.

Chuckee Knowlton on Aug 3, 2014


Because when you're not a fan of source material you don't care how big of a shit they take on it, right? That right there is an indicator of how much value your opinion is to anyone.

Shane Stevens on Aug 4, 2014


Relax man, calm down and have a drink of something. Try not to get so emotional about a silly movie and you'll live a lot longer and be much happier. There have been plenty of movies that I love, have horrible remakes out of them and you know what? They don't do anything to the original movie. I still enjoy watching them. A remake, or a sequel or prequel makes absolutely NO difference to me. If it's good, then great, if it's bad, I never have to watch it again and my enjoyment of the original remains. I hear they are considering a sequel or something to Bladerunner. A movie in my top 10 list (if I actually had one) and I couldn't care less if they do a remake. How in the world could that hurt Bladerunner. It might actually be great so let them do it. Just do me a favour and calm down on the rhetoric son. It's only making you angry and it's not healthy for you.

Chuckee Knowlton on Aug 4, 2014


Wasn't planning on seeing it but now I'm REALLY not planning on seeing it...

Bl00dwerK on Aug 3, 2014


All I have to say is... screw this.

capitandelespacio on Aug 4, 2014


oh look, another trainwreck idea brought to you by hollywood and sony pictures. At this point I'm not suprised by the sheer volume of stupid being created.

Shane Stevens on Aug 4, 2014


While not a terrible idea... I feel this franchise is done at this point.

avconsumer2 on Aug 4, 2014


words cant begin to describe how insulting this is.

Rock n Rollllll on Aug 4, 2014


Wow what a terrible idea! All female cast.....Bahahahaha I'm not even angry because this is hilariously bad sounding.

SkyNet300 on Aug 6, 2014


If it has no ties to the other movies, it's pointless to make other than to create a new generation of cult following like they're attempting to do and failing with TNMT. They'd be better off rebooting and making a new cartoon series for the kids.

Rizzle on Sep 2, 2014


Let's look at it like this. The majority of the folks that want to pay to see a Ghostbuster movie, Male or female? I think everyone would agree, by a landslide, male. That being said, would it be wise to have nothing the biggest fraction of fans can relate to in you're movie? I think that's a no-brainer no! Why not something everyone can relate to? Two guys, Two girls... I think that's fair (the militant feminists may not agree).. Could save you from a flop... What are some of everyone's ideas for a cast? I think Emma stone (the tough girl eager to prove herself), Seth Rogan (The nuclear physicist that's good for a laugh (Winston and Egon moulded into one)) Brie Alison (the smart, sorta clumsy. nervous girl) and maybe Paul Rudd (Peter Venkman type character).. Just some thoughts..

John MaFukin Hodgson on Oct 10, 2014

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