Earlier this year, it was announced that Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig and The Heat scribe Katie Dippold would be strapping on their proton packs for the next Ghostbusters movie. Except, the third supernatural comedy based around the nerdy ghost hunters won’t be a direct sequel. Instead, it will be a complete reboot. This means a fresh slate for the series, with an all-female cast leading the ghostly brand into the modern age. Feig’s intentions are to leave the first two ’80s flicks well alone, which, has stirred an unfavourable opinion from one franchise veteran, but much excitement from the rest of the planet.
At this point, no casting announcements have been made. However that hasn’t stopped discussion surrounding who might land a part in the film. One of the first commentators was none other than Peter Venkman himself, Bill Murray, who suggested that Emma Stone, Linda Cardellini, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy would make excellent ‘busters. The latter two previously collaborated in Feig’s 2011 smash comedy, Bridesmaids, co-starring alongside Rebel Wilson, who recently made mention of her potential involvement.
In an interview on The Today Show (via The Playlist) to promote Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the actress was asked about a role in the reboot, giving the following reply:
“Look, I’ve had a meeting, but who knows… They have to take a look at the script when it’s finished.”
It’s hardly a confirmation, but it’s still an update on the project’s status. If the powers-that-be are still hard at work on the script AND courting actresses, this might suggest production is gearing up faster than we thought. Could their intentions be to hit the ground running once the final polished draft is ready? Who knows at this stage? But with Wilson becoming a dependable comedian, thanks to her unique deadpan style, the idea of her stepping into a pair of Ghostbusters overalls is an enticing one indeed.