Melissa McCarthy Eyed for ‘Ghostbusters,’ if She Can Schedule It

By January 10, 2015
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Writer-director Paul Feig seems to be well in development on his female-starring Ghostbusters reboot, and when he last spoke about it, he seemed excited at the possibilities. One of Feig’s best collaborators, actress Melissa McCarthy, has often been named by observers as a primary candidate to bring the paranormal investigators to a new generation, and it looks like those observers aren’t the only ones to have that thought.

According to a new piece from The Hollywood Reporter, actress Melissa McCarthy has apparently begun “early talks” to star in the new Ghostbusters film, as Columbia has started to get the ball rolling on casting pretty recently. The article details, though, that McCarthy will have to pull off a minor scheduling miracle in order to be able to star in the new film due to several prior conflicting commitments. She actively stars on a CBS sitcom, “Mike & Molly,” which is likely to be one of the biggest hurdles to sort out, and also has other movie commitments in the pipeline including Michelle Darnell at Universal; a comedy that will be directed by her husband Ben Falcone.

McCarthy rose to stardom due to her standout performance in the 2011 film Bridesmaids, co-starring with SNL alum Kristen Wiig, which was directed by Feig. Feig and McCarthy reunited for 2013’s The Heat, which also starred Sandra Bullock. Both films, particularly Bridesmaids, were singled out for McCarthy’s great comedic performances, adding fuel to the assertion that McCarthy and Feig make a great team. While the THR piece maps out an idea that McCarthy’s comedy film with her husband could be shot earlier in the year with Ghostbusters‘ production happening in the summer, it also cautions that things simply may not work out well enough in order for McCarthy to put on the famous proton pack to go ghost hunting.

If she can find a way to do it, then McCarthy’s name would certainly add a degree of star power to the complete cast. Her comedic timing and positive working relationship with Feig, combined with the recognizability of the Ghostbusters brand name, could spell some very good things for a film that some diehard fans aren’t exactly sure about. Still, time will tell if we’ll be able to see McCarthy suit up alongside the franchise’s new cast, or if she’ll be forced to let the Ecto-1 roll on without her.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.