Sigh. Here we go again… Rumblings about the long in the works sequel Ghostbusters 3 are beginning again as rumors suggest that Sony has a new, number one pick to helm the film, Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig. Adding fuel to this rumor’s fire though is that Feig is actually interested in taking this on as a project, which is once again stoking the Jim-Jim the Circus Boy-like fervor that this thing is actually, ever going to get made.
Sources have told the The Hollywood Reporter that talks with Feig are very preliminary, with many issues to be ironed out before negotiations can begin in earnest. On the bright side though, Feig has emerged as Sony’s latest favorite to finally realize a third Ghostbusters movie, and as an unexpected bonus, Feig has apparently “shown interest” in taking up the job. So begins the newest chapter in the “will this ever get made” saga.
This year alone, the rumor mill has churned with renewed speculation about who will finally make this new Ghostbusters movie. Ivan Reitman bowed out forever once Harold Ramis passed away back in February and will only serve as a producer. After that, Sony supposedly wanted to lure LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but that never seemed to move beyond the brief discussion phase. Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer also came up in conversation, but that too went nowhere fast.
So now it’s Feig’s turn, and he certain has both the background and the cache to be the man who could – emphasis on “could” – bring the Ghostbusters back to movie theaters everywhere. He helmed the Academy Award-nominated Bridesmaids, and last summer’s hit The Heat. Adding an intriguing new element to a possible Ghostbusters 3 film is the rumor that Feig will adjust the script to feature an all-female Ghostbusters team, which given his past two films, will be right in Feig’s wheel house.
Bad Teacher writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg are currently writing the script. Previously, it was assumed that filming would start in the spring to get the film ready for a 2016 release date, 32 years after the release of the original film, but if Feig does officially come on the project, then schedules may have to be re-thought.
As with any Ghostbusters sequel news though, assume all plans are soft until the next rumor about a director, script, storyline, release date, or Bill Murray’s involvement is leaked.