/ghostbusters-3-reboot-writer-director-female-team/Yesterday, Director Paul Feig confirmed that he and The Heat writer Katie Dippold are rebooting the Ghostbusters franchise as an all-women team. Many believed this would be an extension of the actual Ghostbusters franchise seen within the movie, with cameos from the original cast. But Feig later caught up with Entertainment Weekly, where he revealed his plans for this non-sequel, which begins in the modern day real world where the idea of a Ghostbuster has never existed.
Anyone expecting to see the return of Dr. Venkman, Dr. Stanz and Dr. Spengler shouldn't be too surprised. Harold Ramis has passed on and Bill Murray has long expressed that he has no desire to return for a sequel. But according to Paul Feig, we shouldn't expect to see Dan Aykroyd or Ernie Hudson suiting up either. At least, not as their original characters.
Those are my comedy heroes. So as far as I'm concerned, anybody wants to come back I welcome with open arms. It would just be in different roles now, but it would be fun to figure out how to do that."
He goes onto explain why:
"I love origin stories. That's my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don't want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let's just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today that hasn't gone through it so it's like, oh my God what's going on?"
This seems to be a mutual decision between producer Ivan Reitman, who decided not to direct a sequel after Harold Ramis died, Paul Feig and Katie Dippold. It was actually Feig's idea to do an all-female cast, and that was his way into rebooting the film as a fresh commodity:
"I was like, I don't know if I want to take that on because the first two are such classics and just because of how do you do it? Who do you bring in now that Harold's gone? I know that Bill didn't want to do it and I love Dan, but it was just like I don't know how to do it. Then I had lunch with [Sony Pictures co-chairman] Amy Pascal when I got back to town. She was just saying, gosh, nobody wants to do this. I said, yeah, it's really hard to take that on, especially since it's 25 years later. how do you come back into a world that's had these ghosts and all this? It just felt too difficult. How do you do it and not screw it up? But then it was bugging me for the next few days because Ghostbusters is such a great thing and everybody knows it, and it's such a great world. It's a shame to just let this thing sit there. I want to see another one. My favorite thing to do is work with funny women. I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women? Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun. And then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It's not coming into the world that existed before. It's always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there's talk of ghosts but they're not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?"
There will be subtle references to the original, but make no mistake, this will be a whole new world:
"We want to have fun with giving nods to what came before, but we don't want to be bound by it. I think there will be definitely room to play with that. We want to do clever nods to it, but not cloying nods to it. We want to have the ability to really bring it into modern day."
While many possible cast members have been floated about, with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Kaitlin Olson at the top of many wish lists (all actresses Feig has famously worked with before in Bridesmaids and The Heat, the director has no one person locked in his sights just yet.
"For me there's so many ways I can go with this because there are so many funny women that's going to be the hardest thing to narrow down is who to put in. I've got a lot of ideas on that but nobody set in stone. That's part of the fun for me is figuring out what's the best combo, what's going to be relevant and fun. Bottom line: I just want the best, funniest cast."
So far, they only have a rough outline as to what the actual story will be, and how some iconic Ghostbuster paraphernalia will be incorporated into the movie.
"We have a very rough, rough outline that we're working with, but definitely know the basic story, know what we want the basic characters to do, know what we want the world to do and what the rules of our world are. I think it's a really strong origin story that feels real. It's going to be really fun and real. We'll make it scary and funny.
I look at this the same way a superhero movie launches where it's always fun to see, like, what are they going to do with the costumes this time? What are they going to do with the hardware this time? It's not going to be, here is the exact same stuff. It's also not going to go, screw you, if you like that stuff, it's all completely different. We're going to have fun with it, but again, bring it into our time period."
Finally, he explains why you should give his Ghostbusters a chance:
"I don't want to do a shot by shot update of a movie that existed. It's the difficult thing about remaking a great movie. That's why we're not remaking a great movie. We're doing our take on it."
What do you think about the direction this franchise is now headed? Does this sound like the right way to go? You can read more with the director: CLICK HERE