When the time comes for Paul Feig to finally make his decision on which actresses he’s going to pick to play the spook hunters in the Ghostbusters reboot, he’s not going to be short of names. Since the announcement citing Feig and The Heat writer Katie Dippold as the creatives behind the movie, a slew of actresses’ names have been thrown into the sorting hat. Some have been self-nominated (Gillian Anderson), and the rest have surfaced through speculation and interviews (Rebel Wilson.)
After yesterday’s discovery that Jennifer Lawrence had also met with Feig for dinner to discuss a role, it seems that her casual joking about the subject might have been to mask her excitement for the part. In yet another revelation from the Sony hacking incident (via Indiewire), a set of e-mails between Sony honcho Amy Pascal and original Ghostbusters director/producer Ivan Reitman emerged. In their exchange, Pascal first assures Reitman that the new version will be separate from his movies:
“Agree that everyone is way too nervous about how this issue and how we. present it but it’s isn’t a sequel to the 80s movies and it is gonna be totally original with completely different characters and our job is to find a clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise so that we can use all the assets and everything that is great about the original franchise.
Paul’s movie is gonna be the first one and from what I’m hearing jennifer lawrence and Emma stone and Melissa McCarthy and Amy schumer and liszzy [Lizzy] Kaplan just to name a few have already said thy wanted to be in….”
Before we get to the names, let’s address the first chunk of the e-mail. So, Feig will only be directing the first part? The touted reinvention of the supernatural brand was rumoured to kickstart a new trilogy of movies, but that’s apparently now a certainty. Hurrah!
Now, to this new crop of names. As mentioned, Jennifer Lawrence has recently been linked and Melissa McCarthy and Emma Stone headed up a ‘wishlist‘ concocted by franchise veteran Bill Murray, leaving Lizzy Caplan and Amy Schumer as the two new names connected to the flick. Does this mean they’re being considered? A desire to be in a movie doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen, so this could have merely been Pascal implying that there is serious interest in the film from high-profile actresses.
With the Sony e-mail leaks continuing to spread insider gossip on the status of many projects in development, we could be hearing more on the Ghostbusters reboot in the near future. Until then, let us know, who would you like to see tackle a role in Feig’s movie?