It's happening. A Ghostbusters reboot. It seems like one of those things that grew out of some offhand internet meme. Somebody asked Bill Murray who he'd cast in a remake, if he was remaking the classic with an female cast. Murray said something about Melissa McCarthy (a great pick) and it snowballed, or Staypuft, from there.
Paul Fieg, director of The Heat, the Sandra Bullock/McCarthy buddy-cop chick flick that wasn't really a chick flick, and Bridesmaids, which I took Anna to by accident and scarred her forever, confirmed via tweet that he'll direct an all-female cast in a reboot of the series. (Although 'series' is probably pushing the envelope, since GB2 was an abomination and all who sullied themsleves in it should be cursed unto the seventh generation).
There's a good interview here, at EW, in which Fieg is quite forthcoming about the inevitable hazards of even going there:
PAUL FEIG: I had been contacted by Sony and Ivan a number of months ago when I was in Budapest shooting my new movie Spy. But I was like, I don’t know if I want to take that on because the first two are such classics and just because of how do you do it? Who do you bring in now that Harold’s gone? I know that Bill didn’t want to do it and I love Dan, but it was just like I don’t know how to do it. Then I had lunch with [Sony Pictures co-chairman] Amy Pascal when I got back to town. She was just saying, gosh, nobody wants to do this. I said, yeah, it’s really hard to take that on, especially since it’s 25 years later. how do you come back into a world that’s had these ghosts and all this? It just felt too difficult. How do you do it and not screw it up? But then it was bugging me for the next few days because Ghostbusters is such a great thing and everybody knows it, and it’s such a great world. It’s a shame to just let this thing sit there. I want to see another one. My favorite thing to do is work with funny women. I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women? Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun. And then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It’s not coming into the world that existed before. It’s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there’s talk of ghosts but they’re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?
But since it seems to be happening, the question now is who do you cast? I threw it out to Twitter a few hours ago and people already had their fantasy lists drawn up. Bobgrrl lobbied early and hard for Katee Sackhoff. And I can totally see it, but wonder if Sackhoff's kick arse personality would be, oddly enough, too macho for any of the supergeek roles. Then again, if you read the Feig interview, he doesn't want to simply copy the original, so why not go down that path?
Doc Yobbo, amongst others, thought it would end up as a Poehler/Fey vehicle. Kaz Cooke imagined Meryl Streep and Deb Mailman, but she be trippin'.
Myself, I'd like to see Jennifer Aniston play Venkman. She has the presence and comedic chops to pull it off, and the stature to match our memories of Bill Murray. She's a great and often underrated actor, but drop dead funny with it. I just watched her in "We're The Millers" and believe she could totally nail the Venkman role. Or whatever replaces the lead character from the originals.
You can't make a comedy, let alone one with a female cast and leave Melissa McCarthy out. She's just too good. The problem then becomes who take the last two slots. Poehler and Fey? They'd tussle for control of the screen. Sarah Silverman? Janeane Garafolo? Emma Stone? She's more actor than comedian but such a great actor that it wouldn't matter.
Me? I'm stoked by this idea. It's way more interesting than simply trying to cram Jonah Hill and crew into a reboot.