It’s been a long wait, but it looks as if the Ghostbusters franchise will actually be coming back to movie screens–with a slight twist. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is the current front-runner tapped by Sony Pictures to direct the next installment, and it may feature an all-female Ghostbusting team.
The gender-swap will be an interesting take on the franchise if it actually happens, though it’s not exactly that jarring of an idea. The Ghostbusters aren’t exactly a symbol of masculinity, and female-led comedies have been gaining quite a lot of traction as of late, with Feig playing a big role. His Bridesmaids managed to rake in $169 million from the domestic box-office, while The Heat made only slightly less with $159 million.
No casting decisions have been announced, but there’s a pretty good chance that Melissa McCarthy will be involved. Her snarky demeanor is a shoe-in for Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman character, though at this point it’s nothing but mild internet speculation. With that said, directors do tend to have a knack for reusing cast members, and McCarthy had starring roles in both Bridesmaids and The Heat.
The road to a third Ghostbusters movie is one that has been plagued by seemingly endless setbacks. Bill Murray has been adamant about not having any involvement, and earlier this year the film world lost Harold Ramis to complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman stated that he wouldn’t be returning for a third film, despite his attempts throughout the years to get the ball rolling.
The original cast members did manage to get together and record their voices for 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which featured story elements from an unused Ghostbuster 3 script that had been developed by Ramis and Dan Aykroyd.
The next Ghostbusters film is being touted as a franchise reboot, and filming is expected to begin in 2015.