Despite the lack of a finished script, there is plenty of buzz about the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot from Sony and director Paul Feig (The Heat). The film was one of many that had details released following the hack on Sony and the leak of private emails late in 2014. The leaked emails added more fuel to the fire already surrounding casting in Ghostbusters 3, which includes such names as Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Rebel Wilson, and Ryan Gosling among others.
The most recent casting report includes an official meeting with Melissa McCarthy. However, Feig recently cautioned that the Spy actress’s involvement in the Ghostbusters reboot has not yet finalized.
In an interview with Empire, Feig confirmed the talks with McCarthy but said “there’s a lot to work out.” The director also revealed that the Ghostbusters will remain in the original film’s setting of New York City, saying “it’s such a New York movie and the biggest sin would be to pull it out of there.”
Feig also said Ghostbusters won’t be a remake of the original film - as he’s mentioned before - but will include homages that fans will recognize. He talked about the balance between differentiating from the previous movies and becoming too reliant on referencing iconic moments or jokes from Ghostbusters 1 and 2.
Read Feig’s full quote:
“We’re not recreating the old movie but we want to do just enough fun nods that the fans will go, ‘Oh, okay, they’re acknowledging that the other movie existed.’ I like to watch parodies, but I don’t want to do them because they’re too referential. Comedy that’s too referential has such a short shelf life, whereas comedy that’s based around characters will be relatable 2000 years from now because people won’t change that much.”
It may be reassuring that Feig and his co-scribe Katie Dippold (The Heat) are trying to create a film that will mix references to the original Ghostbusters in with an entirely new character story. However, with the script still in the works, no official cast members, and only Feig’s word to go on, it’s difficult to envision what the final film will look like.
Of course, in recent years moviegoers have seen a successful comedic reboot of the 1980s TV drama 21 Jump Street from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who were at one point in talks to take on the third Ghostbusters movie before dropping out). Despite the obvious differences between the 21 Jump Street and Ghostbusters franchises, Feig’s reboot seems to be attempting to achieve the same balance between a fresh story and acknowledging what's come before.
According to Feig, his reboot will be able to coexist with the original movies without taking anything away from those that are so beloved by fans:
“A lot of people ask why I didn’t create my own thing but ‘Ghostbusters’ never ran out of steam, it’s such a great idea. It’s such a fun franchise so why not bring it to a new generation? The old movie is never going to not exist. It’s not my plan to erase every copy! Hopefully they can all live together.”
With all the changes Feig is making to the basic premise of Ghostbusters - an all-female cast and “scary comedy” among them - it already appears the new film is aiming for an identity separate from its predecessors. However, the feature is still the early stages of development and many more changes could be made before Ghostbusters finally hits theaters.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more updates on Ghostbusters as they become available.