Considering the amount of times her name has been rumoured, it should come as no surprise that Melissa McCarthy is in talks to join Paul Feig’s new all-female Ghostbusters movie. After all, it was Feig who made her a star with Bridesmaids, and the pair have since worked together on The Heat and the upcoming Spy.
According to THR, McCarthy is top of Feig’s wishlist, and talks are currently taking place to see if McCarthy’s schedule can be worked to fit in Ghostbusters, which is due to begin filming in June.
McCarthy has a very complicated schedule due to her CBS TV show, Mike & Molly, and an already pack movie slate. She is committed to shoot the Universal comedy Michelle Darnell, which is being directed by her husband and Tammy collaborator Ben Falcone.
But sources say that talks are underway that would see McCarthy, who became a movie star working with Feig in Bridesmaids, shoot Michelle Darnell in mid-March, allowing her then to shoot Ghostbusters in June.
Sources also caution that there is a chance the schedule will not work out. In addition, certain creative meetings need to take place with McCarthy.
Actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone have surfaced as being on the “interest” list for the high-profile project while Rebel Wilson, when promoting Night at the Museum 3 in December, said she met with producer Ivan Reitman for it.
Lawrence is not seen as a contender at this stage and neither is Wilson. Stone is said to be available (she was offered a role in J.C. Chandor’s Deepwater Horizon and passed as the script is still being worked on and is leaving her summer open) but at this stage the focus is on McCarthy, who is seen as the lynchpin.
THR has also learned that Jillian Bell from Workaholics, and Saturday Night Live comedienne Cecily Strong are due to meet with with Feig regarding the movie.
Sadly I am not with the majority, and I don’t particularly like McCarthy as an actress, and casting her in the Ghostbusters film actually makes me want to see it less.
Back in October, Feig revealed some details on his all-female Ghostbusters film, promising fans he wants to make it really scary:
Talking about his screenwriter Katie Dippold (Parks and Recreation, The Heat), Feig revealed what the pair had planned for the film:
“Both she and I are obsessed with how do we make comedy really scary? The sequel to The Heat was going to be pretty scary and funny. Almost like in a Silence of the Lambs type thing but funny. I think funny people in peril and in danger is one of the best forms of comedy, and I really like things to play very real while funny things are happening. So that’s what both Katie and I really want to do with this one is make it crazy funny but also you’re scared at the same time”
The director then revealed that the new Ghostbusters film is likely to be a complete reboot:
“I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn’t gone through it so it’s like, oh my God what’s going on?”
“Everything’s got to live on it’s own merits. It would be terrible if we just go, oh we’re just doing an update where we use the same dynamic and scripts. If we just flop four women into the exact same personalities and roles as original, then that’s lazy filmmaking on my behalf, and who wants to see that? I don’t want to do a shot by shot update of a movie that existed. It’s the difficult thing about remaking a great movie. So that’s why we’re not remaking a great movie. We’re doing our take on it”