Ghostbusters to get female reboot?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 August 2014
Melissa McCarthy

Possible Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy

Sony Pictures are reportedly considering rebooting the 'Ghostbusters' franchise with a female-led cast

'Ghostbusters' bosses are considering rebooting the franchise with a female-led cast.

Sony Pictures were originally happy with a draft for the third movie which had been penned by 'Tropic Thunder' writer Etan Cohen but have now had second thoughts and have been speaking to 'Bridesmaids' filmmaker Paul Feig about the possibility of him writing, directing and producing a new take on the cult series, The Wrap reports.

According to the website, it is not yet clear what connection the new 'Ghostbusters' movie would have to the first two films, but it is not expected to have the number three in the title.

If Sony do go ahead with Feig's proposals, Melissa McCarthy could be cast in one of the lead roles as she has worked several times with the director, including 'Bridesmaids', 'The Heat' and his upcoming movie 'Spy'.

And Emma Stone is also believed to be on a casting wishlist as she is a favourite of the studio and has no ties to any rival franchise.

Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman are likely to remain involved in the project as fellow producers but it's unknown whether Aykroyd or fellow ghostbuster Ernie Hudson would appear onscreen.

Aykroyd previously suggested a new 'Ghostbusters' could shoot next spring, but Feig is busy in post-production on 'Spy' so this would be pushed back if he gets the job.


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon
  • UK release: 11 July 2016

Physicist Erin (Wiig) finds herself teaming up with estranged high school pal Abby (McCarthy) and her eccentric engineer Jillian (McKinnon) in search of ghosts. Marred only by excessive reverence for the original, it's a spirited, funny and touching reboot which sticks two fingers up at sexist trolls.