After a long time in developmental hell and a lot of negotiations and discussions on how to bring one of popculture’s most beloved film series back, a new generation of moviegoers will be introduced to a brand new team of Ghostbusters – One that will reboot the franchise and be headlined by an all-female cast.
Reported by The Hollywood Reporter and taking to his official Twitter page to announce the news, director Paul Feig has signed up Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon as the new foursome to make up the new team of “Ghostbusters” – ghost hunters with special hi-tech equipment that they lease for service to battle the supernatural and earn money at the same time. As of now, McCarthy is the only one confirmed to be officially signed up, while the remaining three female stars are still in negotiations.
As the successors to the 1984 film of the same name directed by Ivan Reitman, this new generation of Ghostbusters have big shoes to fill, especially in proving themselves to those who have followed and grown up with the original and the legacy it has carved out through the years. Both the first film and 1989 sequel “Ghostbusters II” starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson as the original quartet of spook fighters. A sequel was always in talks and Aykroyd and Reitman lobbied hard for it. Unfortunately with Murray being the only cast member who was keen on returning and the untimely passing of Harold Ramis last year, Reitman decided to call it quits on developing a sequel. Thus the reigns and development were passed on to Feig by Sony Pictures, and this new generation of spectral hunters will usher in a new age of Ghostbustin’ for the world to see.
The new Ghostbusters reboot will hit theaters on July 22, 2016.