Until very recently, it’s seemed that the only people interested in a third Ghostbusters movie have been original series star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd, and Sony Pictures’ chief financial officer. Most of the posts we’ve published about Ghostbusters III here at The Dissolve have been reports about people who’ve turned the movie down, like Bill Murray, who reacted to the project with all the enthusiasm of a corpse, The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who decided to “walk away” from the film after it was offered to them, and Max Landis, who denied rumors that he was polishing the latest draft of the screenplay. The general response to those posts from The Dissolve readers have been on the order of “DEAR GOD NO ANYTHING BUT THAT.”
Finally, though, Sony and Aykroyd may have found someone who actually wants to be involved in another Ghostbusters sequel, and an idea that sounds fresh and intriguing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s Paul Feig, the director of hugely popular and successful comedies like The Heat and Bridesmaids. THR says Feig has “emerged as the front-runner, according to sources, and Feig has shown interest in taking on the project.” In an interesting wrinkle on the material, the film would not be a sequel, but rather a franchise reboot in which the Ghostbusters would be female.
Though Feig is reportedly Sony’s top choice for the movie, he hasn’t signed on for the film yet. He did tweet about it, however obliquely, when he wrote, “Interesting how making a movie with men in the lead roles is normal but making a movie with women in the lead roles is a ‘gimmick.’” That’s no guarantee Feig will make the movie, but it does indicate his interest in the project, and specifically in an all-female Ghostbusters.
And I’m with Feig: Given the high level of female comedic talent in Hollywood right now, there’s nothing gimmicky about a bunch of Ghostbustettes (other than the name Ghostbustettes). There are tons of viable candidates who could absolutely kill this material, like—completely off the top of my head—Ellen Page, Emily Blunt, Mila Kunis, Elizabeth Banks, and Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon. Hell, you could just cast the main foursome from Feig’s Bridesmaids—Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, and Melissa McCarthy—and have an incredible team. Or what about Jennifer Lawrence as a Peter Venkman-esque wisecracking skeptic with terrible pick-up lines?
The possibilities are nearly endless. Sony didn’t comment on THR’s story, and there’s a strong possibility Feig won’t make the movie, or that no movie gets made at all. But for the first time in the history of Dan Aykroyd threatening to make this film, I’m actually kind of excited about the notion of a third Ghostbusters.