UPDATE 1/28: Director Paul Feig has revealed the release date for the new Ghostbusters film via Twitter.
In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date!
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 28, 2015
Original Story: We’ve been following the development of director Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters film with great interest, and the man himself may have dropped quite a heavy hint at who will be donning the Proton Packs to do some busting.
According to sources at Variety, actresses Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are the choices to reboot the franchise that began in 1984 in the film directed by Ivan Reitman. While we don’t know any details beyond the fact that this will be unconnected to the previous two films starring the original cast, as well as the idea that the team will be all women, we do know that this seems to be the first major, concerted effort on the part of Sony to actually get another Ghostbusters film made. Rumors persisted for decades about a third outing with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, but nothing ever materialized. Ramis’ unexpected death last year seemed to make a second straight sequel to the original an even unlikelier possibility, on top of Bill Murray’s soft language on his involvement.
Still, with Ivan Reitman producing and with these modern and solid comedic names now growing more attached to the idea of the new film, it seems more and more likely that this will actually come to fruition. Adding fuel to the fire, Feig tweeted a photo of all four actresses without any caption, so it’s quite possible that we are looking at the new cast of Ghostbusters, in some form. If this cast ends up holding true, then he will reunite with both Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, two of his most important players for his film Bridesmaids. McKinnon and Jones, like Wiig, also come from a career at Saturday Night Live, where they are both current cast members.
The new Ghostbusters film will be directed by Feig from a script by Katie Dippold (“Parks and Recreation”). When more solid casting announcements are made, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop, right here at GeekNation!
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