The vast majority of the Ghostbusters talk recently has obviously revolved around Paul Feig’s female-fronted reboot that is set to star Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. That, however, might not be the only paranormal investigating going on. Some big male stars, including Channing Tatum, made some noise about wanting a dude-centric spinoff of the new film, but Dan Aykroyd, who has been pushing for a Ghostbusters 3 for years, still thinks that could very likely happen.
There has been a lot of talk about the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which, as you probably know by now, will be directed by Paul Feig and star a quartet of hilarious women—Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Production is still a ways off, as it won’t start rolling until sometime this summer, but the four stars did have the opportunity to hang out at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special this weekend, and now we’ve got our first look at the new ghost-busting team.
Jones originally tweeted this candid pic, which has since made the rounds all from one end of the internet to the other. Feig was apparently also in attendance for the celebration, though he, obviously, does not appear in this photo (perhaps he’s the one behind the camera and this is the first time he directed all four women together—probably not).
To say there’s been a lot of talk about the cast of the new Ghostbusters is putting it mildly. Ever since we learned the Paul Feig-directed film will be a female-fronted reboot there’s been chatter, and now that we know who the four primary players are going to be—Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon—the intensity has ratcheted up a few notches. A couple of the original Ghostbusters have already sounded off on the subject of a female-centric cast, and now Dan Aykroyd has added his two cents.
Bill Murray threw his support behind a female team of paranormal investigators early on, while Ernie Hudson made his displeasure with the set up known. Over the years, Aykroyd has always been one of the big proponents of a Ghostbusters 3, and any time the topic cropped up his name was always in the mix somewhere as one of the people pushing for more. Because of this, I didn’t expect him to be super supportive of the new film, not necessarily because of the gender of the heroes, but because his vision of the future of the franchise was always tied to its history, and this is very, very different. But I was wrong.
Well, we expected the Paul Feig-directed, female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot to eventually cast a quartet of funny women, and low and behold, that’s precisely what they just did. Donning those iconic beige jumpsuits are Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. We’ve also got some descriptions of the characters, and the possibility of one of the old guard making an appearance.
The Bridesmaids and The Heat director took to Twitter earlier to day to reveal his four choices, and though at this stage they’re still in negotiations to join the party, it sounds like a deal is pretty close. And if it is moving along at this clip, a spring shoot is not out of the question, which was a possible point of contention, as McCarthy has an increasingly busy schedule in recent days.
Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, redo, or whatever you want to call it, has been controversial to say the least. Some don’t want a new Ghostbusters to happen at all, while many, many others have taken issue with the idea of a female-fronted version of the paranormal investigating team. For his part, Feig hasn’t even really addressed the hullabaloo, and has just kept on trucking, working on his project, and he recently shared some details about what the movie will look like.
Even though it will be set in the modern day, and the nature of the title team may be different (one rumor has said they could be something that sounds very much like a clandestine government agency, almost like Men in Black), at least one thing won’t change: the setting. Talking to Empire, Feig says he plans to keep Ghostbusters set in the Big Apple. He says, “To me it’s such a New York movie and the biggest sin would be to pull it out of there. I just love New York and, selfishly, I just want to shoot in New York.”
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying even a modicum of attention, but Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks to star in director Paul Feig’s upcoming, oft-discussed, frequently ranted about Ghostbusters reboot.
This bit of news, broken by The Hollywood Reporter, won’t shock any of you out there because McCarthy is a name that has been bandied about since the first moment we learned that a female-fronted revamp is in store. Not to mention that she starred in Feig’s last two directorial efforts, Bridesmaids and The Heat, as well as his next, Spy.