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Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters Reboot Won’t Skimp On The Scares

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GhostbustersOver the years, the next Ghostbusters movie has gone through a massive evolution. Where it was initially envisioned as a direct sequel, even though Bill Murray repeatedly said he wasn’t going to be involved, it’s now a female-fronted reboot (or something) directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig. As this news broke, along with leaked potential plot details and possible actresses, there has been a ton of controversy brewing. A lot of people out there absolutely hate this idea. For his part, Feig recently sat down to shed light on his approach to Ghostbusters, his preference for working with funny women, and bringing in legitimate scares along with the laughs.

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These Five Actresses Want To Be In The New Ghostbusters

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GhostbustersFor the most part, we’ve tried to ignore all of the leaked emails that are coming out as part of that massive hack over at Sony. We don’t particularly care that there’s lots of infighting, that the studio doesn’t care for Adam Sandler movies, or that many of the executives seem like shitty people (I’ve never met a movie exec in real life, but considering that you almost never see one portrayed anywhere as a good person, this isn’t a surprise to anyone). Not to mention, reading someone else’s private correspondence feels all kinds of gross. That said, one of the recently revealed emails features a tidbit we just couldn’t ignore, and lists five actresses who apparently want to be in Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. They are Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Lizzie Caplan, Melissa McCarthy, and Amy Schumer.

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Gillian Anderson Lobbies For A New Role And Teases A Familiar One

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ScullyNo matter what she does in her career, for many of us, Gillian Anderson will always and forever be skeptical FBI Special Agent Dana Scully from The X-Files, but that doesn’t mean she’s not looking to branch out, at least partially. She’s appeared in tons of other projects—notable recent roles include NBC’s Hannibal—and even wrote a science fiction novel, which only makes us love her more. Recently, she made it known that she would very much like to participate in the upcoming female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot. And beyond that, she teased a possible return to her most famous character.

Doing a Reddit AMA to promote her new book, A Vision of Fire, someone asked Anderson if she had any interest in donning one of those iconic beige jumpsuits, strapping on a proton pack, and busting some rogue spirits. Her response was enthusiastic to say the least, as she wrote, “OH MY GOD, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I’m free!!!!! I’m free I’m free and I’m funny, goddamnit! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!”

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Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters Reboot Won’t Feature The Original Characters

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Ghostbusters 3Yesterday we got confirmation that Paul Feig will in fact direct Ghostbusters 3, and that it will indeed feature an all female core group. We also learned that Katie Dippold, who worked with Feig on The Heat, will write the script with him. As you can imagine, they’ve probably known this for a while before they could reveal it to fans, and probably have a lot to say on the matter. For his part, Feig has chimed in, talking about the cast, the reboot-y nature of the project, and the possibility of the original players making an appearance, among other things.

For may of us, Feig first came to our attention as the creator of the gone-to-soon Freaks and Geeks, which was cancelled by its network after a single partial season (sci-fi fans can certainly relate to both the show and the fact that it got the axe prematurely). More recently, he has had a great deal of success with movies like Bridesmaids and The Heat, comedies with female-fronted casts. Talking to EW, he discussed this, saying:

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Dan Aykroyd Has Big Plans For The Future Of Ghostbusters

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ghostbustersOne used to be able to say the words Ghostbusters and Dan Aykroyd in the same sentence without bile oozing out with every syllable, but those days are long over. The writer/actor has gone off the deep end quite a few times when verbalizing his ideas for the next (and arguably unnecessary) chapter in the Ghostbusters legacy, and now it’s clear he’s never coming back. He now envisions the paranormal comedy as an entire franchise that could one day be comparable to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’re pretty sure he’s been toking on the Smoke Monster from Lost.

Aykroyd was in London recently promoting his Crystal Head brand of vodka—a brand inspired by his fascination with bullshit legends—and he shared his grand plans for the future of the series. He is reportedly having talks with director Ivan Reitman and Sony executives about not merely one more movie, but another ten years of Ghostbusters-related material. (If it’s anything like the last ten years, it’ll just be more rumors.)

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Ghostbusters 3: Bill Murray Has Four Actresses In Mind To Take Over

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GhostbustersThe other day, former Ghostbuster Bill Murray gave his sarcasm-tinged blessing to the idea of a new Ghostbusters movie with an all female cast. Some people thought he was being dismissive and glib, and while his response to the question about what he thinks of director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) rebooting the franchise in such a way is definitely full of his trademark biting humor, he’s still on board, saying, “It’s a grand idea, I don’t know who they’re talking about, but it’s a good idea.” And that’s not all, he’s even given some thought to who he thinks should fill those iconic beige jumpsuits, pilot Ecto-1 around the streets of New York, and hunt wayward spirits.

At the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his latest film, St. Vincent, the subject of Ghostbusters 3, or New Ghostbusters or whatever the hell you want to call this thing, came up a couple of times, and when talking to the Toronto Star, Murray revealed a quartet of women he’d like to see take over the reins.