Yesterday, we learned that the central cast for Paul Feig female-led Ghostbusters will consist of Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, if current negotiations are finalized, and that filming on this third installment in the franchise is scheduled to begin this April in New York City.
Now, Feig has taken to Twitter to reveal that his reboot will be released in theaters on July 22, 2016.
In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date!
Feig will be shooting from a script by Katie Dippold, which would be a full reboot with no ties to the original movies or characters, with a story that will reportedly be scarier than the original 1984 film, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson as the “ghostbusters,” along with Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts. (The original movie was a hit and has since become a pop culture phenomenon that spawned one feature film sequel with the returning cast — 1989’s Ghostbusters II — as well as cartoons, comic books, video games, and tons of merchandise.)
[Original Ghostbusters (L to R): Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.]
There’s little else we know right now about the reboot, but HitFix has a scoop on some character details, although they can only speculate right now on which actress is playing which role.
— Erin Gabler (Wiig?): Works at Columbia, where she’s about to get tenure. She is former colleagues with Abby, with whom she co-wrote a book on the paranormal.
— Abby Bergman (Jones?): After co-writing the book with Erin, she parted ways with her former colleague and pursues ghosts with a new partner, Jillian.
— Jillian (McKinnon?): Abby’s new ghost-hunting partner.
— Patty (McCarthy?): An MTA subway ticket employee who comes across the film’s main ghost.
Hitflix points out the story takes place in a world where there’s a lot of different “Ghost Hunters” type of reality television shows. If the site’s casting assumptions are correct, that would likely give Wiig and Jones’ academic characters the more serious roles, while McCarthy would be the “every woman” comic relief. There’s hardly anything about Jillian, but I can imagine McKinnon playing a more eccentric sidekick role. Again, this is all speculation at this point.
Hitflix also said that Sony wants Game Of Thrones’Peter Dinklage as the main villain, a “creepy mechanical genius,” and that there’s a character named Martin Heiss who is a professional supernatural debunker who is similar to the William Atherton character in the original film and that Sony supposedly wants Bill Murray to fill that role. If Murray does sign on, it would be very interesting indeed, considering he was the main hold-out when Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman were trying for years to get a Ghostbusters 3 out of development hell.
[(L to R): Melissa Mc Carthy, Paul Feig, Kristen Wiig.]
The casting of the new film is fantastic as far as I’m considered and I have total faith in Feig, who’s made some very entertaining movies so far. It’s really the script that needs to be perfected. Aside from the fact that Feig and company have big shoes to fill and are rebooting a beloved franchise, a lot is riding on the four actresses to do justice to a new story. We already know that Wiig and McCarthy are team players who helped make Feig’s Bridesmaids a success, and that Bridesmaids itself was a hit female ensemble comedy that stepped outside the normal “chick flick” boundaries. The new Ghostbusters film is tasked with doing that same thing or risk giving Hollywood a reason not to take a chance on any more female-led movies like this one, in a franchise with a largely male fanbase.