The long-dormant Ghostbusters franchise is finally come back to life after Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's pitch for a reboot with a new, all-female team of Ghostbusters discovering the existence of ghosts all over again. Together with The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold, Feig is hard at work creating new characters and finding the right actors to play them.
There have already been plenty of names thrown around, with long-time Ghostbusters 3 detractor Bill Murray even giving the reboot his blessing and naming Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Linda Cardellini as women that he'd like to see in Feig's movie. The project has also apparently sparked a lot of interest from actresses who would like to be a part of it, including The X-Files star Gillian Anderson.
A new piece of casting news not only suggests that one of these names could be about to join Ghostbusters but also gives an idea of when Feig intends to start filming; which in turn offers an idea of when Sony could be planning to release the reboot. THR reports that Melissa McCarthy, who starred in both Bridesmaids and The Heat, is in preliminary talks to work with Feig once again on this reboot.
The main challenge to overcome is McCarthy's schedule, since she's one of the leads in CBS comedy Mike & Molly and is also preparing to film feature comedy Michelle Darnell. THR's sources claim that, if talks go well, McCarthy will begin shooting Michelle Darnell in mid-March and move on to Ghostbusters in June. A summer 2015 shooting schedule would mean that Sony could ship Ghostbusters as an action comedy blockbuster for summer 2016.
THR's sources advise that McCarthy's involvement may end up not working out and no official offer has yet been made, adding that at this point Rebel Wilson and Jennifer Lawrence are also no longer considered to be contenders. Stone, however, is said to be "available" and there are two new names in the mix: Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong and Jillian Bell, who was last year seen having a punch-up with Jonah Hill in 22 Jump Street.
The report claims that McCarthy is the current main focus and is considered the "lynchpin" of the movie, which makes sense if Feig is considering arranging the shoot around her filming schedule. Nonetheless, Sony is apparently putting together a list of back-ups in case she can't do it.
We'll keep you updated on Ghostbusters as casting continues.