After revealing the main cast members on his Twitter page earlier today, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig also used the social media platform to announce the July 22, 2016 release date. The reboot, which stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, will be going up against Warner Bros.' medieval adventure Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam, and Lionsgate's action reboot Power Rangers on that same date. Ghostbusters also falls between the animated sequel Ice Age 5 on July 15, 2016 and the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel on July 29, 2016.
Just hours after the cast members were confirmed, another report surfaced that Sony wants Bill Murray to play Martin Heiss, a professional ghost debunker who tries to prove that these new Ghostbusters are faking the videos that they're posting online. The character is described as similar to William Atherton's Walter Peck from the original Ghostbusters. Peter Dinklage, best known for playing Tyrion Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, is also being eyed to play the main villain, a mechanical genius.
Paul Feig is co-writing the screenplay with Katie Dippold (The Heat), with original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman still on board as a producer. It isn't known when production will begin on this highly-anticipated reboot, but the director did reveal that he will shoot on location in New York City. Take a look at Paul Feig's tweet below, and stay tuned for more details.
In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date!— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 28, 2015