After all the ugliness that unfolded around the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, it was inevitable that the next attempt at resurrecting the property would be a topic of controversy, and sure enough, Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters 3 has seen its share of drama before so much as a cast member has been announced.
Nonetheless, it seems that Melissa McCarthy, star of Paul Feig’s female-led reboot, is happy to see what Reitman comes up with, telling Entertainment Tonight that the filmmaker has an intriguing idea for where he wants to take the series.
“I’m for anybody who’s making movies. I talked to Jason about it, he’s just always had this idea, and his goes back to the world where the guys did exist and I’m like, ‘I want to see that,’” McCarthy said. “I’m all for it. I say like, ‘Tell the story.’”
Last month, 2016 Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones offered a distinctly less favorable response to the news that Reitman’s film will be reverting back to the continuity of the original series, taking to social media to call the development “insulting” and “like something Trump would do.” According to McCarthy, however, there’s plenty of room for new stories from the franchise, especially with a director as renowned as Reitman at the helm.
“I think there’s a million stories to be told. He’s a really, really good filmmaker and a really good storyteller, so I will be there buying my ticket,” McCarthy told ET. “I’m all for it.”
Though it’s evident that not all of McCarthy’s co-stars feel the same, 2016 Ghostbusters helmsman Paul Feig has previously tweeted that he too is “very open” to Reitman’s take on the series, but also supports Jones’s right to say otherwise.
In any case, while Reitman’s Ghostbusters movie will be occupying the same reality as the first two installments in the series, it remains to be seen who from the original cast might return, though Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson both seem game to reprise their roles.
Either way, recent reports indicate that the film will be led by a new line-up, consisting of two girls and two boys in the teen and preteen age range. We’ll find out how the latest team fares when Ghostbusters 3 hits theaters on July 10th, 2020.