New Ghostbusters movie may go all-female

SARAH THOMAS
Last updated 05:00 05/08/2014
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GHOSTBUSTERS: Harold Ramis, Dan Akroyd and Bill Murray.

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Look out: those grey jumpsuits and proton packs could need to get refitted for female-friendly figures if Ghostbusters is to get a revamp with a women-led cast.

The mission to bring a fresh incarnation of Ghostbusters to the big screen has suffered more unexpected twists and turns than any conjured up by the movie's supernatural shapeshifting god of destruction Gozer. 

Now Bridesmaid's director Paul Feig could be stepping into the fray with reports he is being chased to pull together a female-centric reboot of the 1984 original, reports Variety

Ghostbusters 3 appears to again be once again languishing in development hell after director Ivan Reitman, who who helmed the original and its 1989 sequel, pulled out earlier this year.

Paul Feig directed the 2011 hit comedy <i>Bridesmaids.</i>

But, on the 30th anniversary of the release of the cult phenomenon, it appears that studio Sony could overlook a third instalment and instead be focussing on a revamp of the original. 

The comedy director Feig has thrown a new spotlight on the fact that there is a hunger for female-centred mainstream comedies among movie-goers, with 2011's Kristen Wiig-starrer Bridesmaids pulling in $US288 million and last year's The Heat, with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, grossing $US230 million.

Ghostbusters would be a perfect fit for the sharp, slapstick wit of Feig, who is currently working on comedy-action number Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Rose Byrne, due out next year. 

Ghostbusters 3 isn't entirely canned as yet - Reitman pulled out in March following the death of the series' actor and writer Harold Ramis, stating he didn't feel he could go ahead as director without Ramis.

He said at the time he planned to stay with the film as producer, although there have been no updates since March. Bill Murray has reportedly point-blank refused to appear in a third outing of Ghostbusters. 

The iconic paranormal starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as hapless parapsychologists turned "ghostbusters" in New York, with a supporting cast including Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis. It was the most successful comedy in the 1980s after taking $US290 at the global box-office, as well as becoming a merchandising phenomenon with a memorable theme song by Ray Parker jnr. 

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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