Hi again, guys! Well, it has been officially announced that Ghostbusters 3 will finally be happening! They have the director, they have the producer, now all they need is the cast.
According to E! Online back in October, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has taken it upon himself to announce on Twitter that the project is currently underway. There has not been a release date scheduled yet, but with this announcement, I am sure that Dan Ackroyd is BEAMING! I am sure that Harold Ramis (RIP, Egon Spengler) is smiling from somewhere also.
"It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it [email protected] & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call."
Okay, now with that out of the way: who is it going to be? There has been much speculation over this, and Bill Murray has been very candid about who he would like to see as the new team that he helped make iconic so many years ago with Dan and Harold:
"Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster," he gushed of his co-star in St. Vincent, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
"And Kristen Wiig is so funny—God, she's funny! I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot," he continued. "And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there."
So, while Bill said 'no' to one of the largest movies that helped establish his career and make it famous, at least it is known what his thoughts are about it, all things considered. But, we all know what happened when Dan Ackroyd had approached him with the idea for the movie, and in the mind of one of the co-creators of this iconic franchise, I am sure there is no love lost.
Now, as far as the casting, there have been a few others that have been very candid about whether or not they would like to see themselves as a member of the all-new female team. The most vocal of the three has been this great actress:
THAT'S RIGHT! Our favorite Agent Scully in an interview with ABC.COM back in October was very, very vocal about wanting to become a part of this movie history-making event:
“OH MY GOD, I just looked it up online,” she wrote during a Reddit Ask me Anything session. “Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I’m free!!!!! I’m free I’m free and I’m funny, godd***it!” When a Reddit user offered to campaign on her behalf she added: “MAKE IT HAPPEN!!”
Whether or not she's funny remains to be seen. As it is, Gillian has not done a major motion picture event since she left The X-Files once the second motion picture, X Files: I Want To Believe finished. Since then, she has been drifting back to TV and starring on short-lived series. Her most recent stint had been on the short-lived series NBC series Hannibal, based upon the popular novels written by Thomas Harris that spawned the Silence of the Lambs quartet of films that made Anthony Hopkin's portayal one of the most recognized in movie history.
Two other possibilities that have been addressed by ABC are:
This former star of NBC's hit series, The Office, as well as the Disney animated hit Wreck-It Ralph and the Seth Rogen comedy, This is The End, ABC News asked her as well as to her thoughts were if she would be asked to portray one of the famous spectral exterminators:
“I love Paul, and I would never deign to take up his time by lobbying,” she demurred. “It’s such a amazing movie, that the whole area of speculating on it is … I think it’s out of my pay grade.”
Pay grade or not, maybe they can schmooze her enough to give it a try and get her at least a screen test?
Now, hold on to your hats, webslingers! Here's the last one! :
Yes, even Emma Stone has been touted by ABC about her thoughts, but her answer was a little less spectacular than either Anderson's or Kaling's concerning Murray's endorsement:
“That’s very nice,” she said, before quipping, “I want to see Bill Murray in a female ‘Ghostbusters.’”
OUCH! Well, maybe she was having a bad hair day......
So, that's about it for right now. When I get more, I will be keeping everyone posted on this one. The last bit of good news is that Ivan Reitman has already given the go on being producer, which means that we will at least have someone from the old shop still in on this newest one. Tell me your thoughts, too. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR!
I only wish that they had allowed Dan Ackroyd to at least come in on some of the screenwriting duties since he and Harold were the originators. It would at least be a symbol of respect for all intensive purposes.
Dan and Harold, here's to you guys, and thanks for everything! Much respect!