While we all get set to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s classic 1984 comedy, Ghostbusters, fans are still sceptical as to whether a third film will ever get made. The third Ghostbusters film has been teased, confirmed, denied and everything inbetween for years, with Dan Aykroyd at the centre of it all, doing his best to get it made.
I won’t bore you with the details of what has happened over the years, but the last we heard was that director Ivan Reitman had pulled out after the sad passing of writer and star Harold Ramis. The third film was expected to go into production next year, but there is still no director attached.
Now Variety is reporting the Paul Feig, best known for directing female lead comedies Bridesmaids and The Heat, is being courted to direct a reboot of Ghostbusters, and one which would feature an all female team of Ghostbusters.
A few reports have been flying around over the weekend, suggesting that Feig is looking to actually direct the third Ghostbusters film. Variety clears up this mixed message, confirming that the film Feig is looking to direct is actually a reboot:
Feig is not helming “Ghostbusters 3? or another sequel, in any sense of the word, as has been incorrectly reported.
The movie is a total reboot most likely with female characters played by comedic actresses in the ghostbusting roles, according to sources. The script will be written from scratch.
Further news by Variety says that Feig’s reboot could actually be replacing the planned third Ghostbusters film, which was set to see a new, younger team of ‘Busters taking over from Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and somehow Ego Spengler (the late Harold Ramis).
Here is what Variety reported:
“Ghostbusters 3? was initially supposed to be directed by Ivan Reitman, the director of the original “Ghostbusters” and its 1989 follow-up, “Ghostbusters II,” but he dropped out in March. It’s unclear whether another director will be chosen for that project or if this reboot will take its place.
No doubt there will be much more on this in the weeks to come.