Over the last week, it’s become common knowledge that every hot actress in Hollywood would be just fine with taking a role in Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot. Amid all the excitement over who might be starring though, there’s been very little attention paid to what they’ll actually be doing in the movie. In another batch of leaked e-mails from the Sony hack, Feig’s direct correspondence with studio head Amy Pascal have revealed story specifics for his intended reinvention.
In case some or any of the following makes its way into the finished movie, we recommend looking away now if you don’t want to read any POTENTIAL SPOILERS.
First of all, Feig strongly reiterates that his version will be a reboot and NOT a sequel, slated to exist in a world where humans are as-yet unaware that ghosts actually exist. His vision is said to be “scarier and more hi-tech” than the original. Those scares will hopefully stem from the ghost of Peter Dinklage’s convicted murderer – who transforms into a spook after his execution goes down during “a supercharged electrical storm.” Once in spectral form, he rounds up an army of famous ghosts from history to serve his villainous plan.
Battling that plague of spooks will be “four very different women” who have to “figure out in funny, scary and action-packed ways how to save New York City and the world.” Feig then goes on to flesh out the backstory, stating that the Ghostbusters work secretly in cahoots with the U.S. Government, who constantly deny their existence – because ghosts don’t exist. Feig mentions that he would like SNL star Cecily Strong in the role of a bureaucrat who is “always saying terrible things about them in press conferences and then apologizing to them behind the scenes.”
A reinvention of the series could work wonders for the franchise, especially with news of the potential Chris Pratt-Channing Tatum Ghostbusters spin-off having also generated a lot of interest. Taking into account the fact that this new story information has surfaced via a hack and not an official press release, there’s the chance that the script may now face heavy rewrites. Whatever is unearthed next, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with any updates on Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot.