Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm,
Well, this is weird. Charles Dance – as in, Tywin Lannister, as in Benedict from Last Action Hero, as in Britain's most eloquent-yet-sinister anti-hero – has confirmed Inverse's report that he will be starring in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. Only not as a villain.
"He's neither really," revealed Dance after being asked by the Radio Times whether his character is a goodie or baddie. "He's not villainous, but he just doesn't understand and appreciate the whole Ghostbusting thing. He is English as well."
The film famously leaves behind Egon, Pete, Ray and Winston, introducing a fresh, entirely-female ensemble of leads in their stead. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones make up the new spook-spoiling crew. "I'm a kind of straight man to a bunch of very funny ladies," says Dance of his cast-mates.
While the universally adored Harold Ramis sadly died in 2014, the other three original ‘busters are set to make cameos in the film. Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are also expected back, with Ozzy Osbourne in line for a brief part too.
The Ghostbusters are returning to our screens this summer for the first time since 1989. While there's yet to be an official teaser for the new quartet in action, Sony has let a few things slip through the cracks - via director Paul Feig's Twitter. In addition to dropping character posters and mini-biogs, he's now gifted fans with a sneaky peek at the prototype models for Mattel's upcoming action figure line!
Our Mattel 6" prototypes. #TheresGhostbusters pic.twitter.com/utz2FZPBU0— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 8, 2016
All four of the spook hunters - Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) and Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) - will be available in 6" figure form.
As Feig says, they're prototypes and so the finished versions won't be hitting shelves for a while. When they do, which we imagine will be closer to the film's release date, all four will be sold separately and as a set. Feig confirms other toy companies in on the action include Funko, Diamond Select and Lego, and that we can expect to see a wide range of collectibles (a rebooted-n-suited ECTO-1, perhaps?) released in the future.
Sony looks set to expand its newly revamped Ghostbusters universe, with EW.com reporting that Channing Tatum is set to co-produce and star in a new film to arrive after Paul Feig's series reboot. Chris Pratt has also been rumoured as another male star for this film.
The report claims that Sony already has plans in place to follow up Feig's female-driven film with a new adventure, with the long-term goal being to combine the two casts of character for a team-up movie further down the track.
According to EW, Joe and Anthony Russo will direct the new film as part of their recently-signed first-look deal with the studio, with Ivan Reitman set to be involved in a production capacity.
The report goes on to reveal that the new project will fall under the remit of Ghostcorps, a new company established by Sony, Reitman and Dan Aykroyd to develop movies, TV and merchandising around the franchise.
"We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment," said Reitman to Deadline. "This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy."
Paul Feig has been discussing what has influenced his take on the Ghostbusters franchise, and apparently The Walking Dead has been a key touchstone.
Feig has previously spoken about his desire to blend comedy with some genuine scares, and the director has been looking to the popular zombie saga for inspiration on the latter…
"I will say, I was very inspired by this show," said Feig during an appearance on AMC's fan show, The Talking Dead. "What I love is how they play with the danger, they play with the scariness, but also the idea that it's always about gauntlet run."
"And that's something… an element I want to bring to this Ghostbusters reboot is having to get through these various obstacles that are supernatural and all that. I really feed off of The Walking Dead."
After years of ifs, buts and maybes, the status of the third Ghostbusters film is finally in rude health, under the stewardship of Paul Feig and his all-female cast. However, having spent several years working on a number of scripts, Dan Aykroyd is hopeful that some of his original ideas for a sequel could still come into play further down the track.
"There's three drafts of the old concept that exists," said Aykroyd on the Unmasked With Ron Bennington show. "And we're going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we're gonna be able to use it some day."
"Let's get this one made and that will reinvigorate the franchise and then we'll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it."
However, if that sounds as though Aykroyd is a little put out that Feig's version has superseded his own, he goes on to scotch any such notion by pledging his support to the new film.
"I can tell you, as the originator, I'm very happy with what he's done. It's very tasteful. And it needed a reworking. The thing needed a new engine, you know? It needed new exhaust. It needed new steering. And this is what we're getting."
"The real reality in fact of the third movie with this tremendous cast of women... I've got three daughters, so I'm all for female empowerment... he establishes the voices beautifully in these characters. Now of course, he's got masters playing the roles for him, so this is going to really work in our favour for the third movie."Source: www.gamesradar.com
After yesterday's Ghostbusters casting news, which confirmed Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig for the reboot, original 'buster Dan Aykroyd has revealed he's "delighted" with the franchise's new direction.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Akyroyd said: "The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy."
In a jokey nod to one of his ancestors, who was a paranormal investigator, Aykroyd added: "My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business."
Just yesterday, it was revealed that director Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters reinvention will star Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig alongside Saturday Night Live players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
While it remains to be seen if Aykroyd will make a torch-passing appearance in the film, his comments will perhaps pacify fans of the 1984 original, some of whom have been vocal in their lack of enthusiasm for the reboot.Source: www.gamesradar.com
We have our new Ghostbusters! After months of rumours and speculation, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig have been confirmed as the leading phantom-hunters in Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters reboot.
Feig, who worked with both Wiig and McCarthy previously on Bridesmaids and The Heat, dropped the news today via his personal Twitter account.
He also confirmed the two other members of the team will be played by Saturday Night Live alumni Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Meanwhile, HitFix claim to have landed the film's plot outline, revealing it will revolve around one-time colleagues Erin Gabler and Abby Bergman, who are estranged after penning a book together. The former is mow a college professor, while the latter has continued investigating the paranormal.
Whatever the plot turns out to be, we're already excited at the prospect of seeing McCarthy and Wiig suiting up as the titular 'busters, and with Feig promising a "scary comedy", it'll be interesting to see the pair trying out something darker together.
"I want ours to be scarier than the original, to be quite honest," Feig said previously. "Katie Dipold and I are so focused on wanting to do scary comedy. We don't want to hold back."Source: www.gamesradar.com
Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot has begun the casting process, with the director's Bridesmaids collaborator, Melissa McCarthy, said to be in early talks over a starring role.
According to THR, McCarthy is interested in joining the project, and Feig is desperate to have her on board, but there will be a number of scheduling hurdles to be negotiated before any deal is made official.
Meanwhile, the report claims that both Jillian Bell and Cecily Strong could be in line for supporting roles, with both actresses currently scheduled to meet with Feig and his production team.
As for some of the other big names linked to the film, THR reports that neither Rebel Wilson nor Jessica Chastain are currently in the frame, but notes that Emma Stone may be a possibility.
However, the report stresses that securing McCarthy is Feig's priority at this stage. Filming on the project is scheduled to begin this summer, with an official release date yet to be confirmed.Source: www.gamesradar.com
A new video has appeared online courtesy of MTV, in which the great and good of Hollywood pick their dream lineup for Ghostbusters 3.
Paul Feig's upcoming project will feature an all-female cast, and the new video shows the likes of Christian Bale, Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey and more making their suggestions as to who should star.
Jennifer Lawrence also throws her two pence in, before revealing that she has had a meeting with Feig. Potential casting on the horizon?
Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy receive a fair few votes, while there are also several calls for a Bill Murray cameo that we're completely on board with.
Take a look at the new video, below... Top marks to J-Law for her sequels gag, and yes, that is the third part of the Hunger Games saga she's busy promoting...Source: www.gamesradar.com
Paul Feig has been discussing his plans for his forthcoming Ghostbusters film, which he has confirmed as being a total franchise reboot.
"I thought, well, what if we just make it new?" says Feig of how he approached the task. "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... Everything is up for grabs right now."
"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."
And regarding recasting the original Ghostbusters as female characters, Feig is confounded by the notion that it should be such a talking point.
"I really cannot believe we're still having this conversation," says the director. "Some people accused it of kind of being a gimmick and it's like, it would be a gimmick if I wasn't somebody whose brain doesn't automatically go to like, 'I want to just do more stuff with women.'"
"I just find funny women so great. For me it's just more of a no-brainer. I just go, 'what would make me excited to do it?' I go, 'four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun.' I want to see that dynamic."Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters 3 has taken a significant step forward, with Paul Feig confirming that he will be occupying the director's chair for the long-anticipated sequel.
Feig had previously been linked to the position, but given the amount of false-starts that have plagued the project over the years, it had been easy to take the rumour with a pinch of salt.
However, Feig has now personally confirmed his involvement, while also announcing that The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold will also be on board to write the script.
"It's official," said Feig via Twitter. "I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call."
So after years of speculation, it looks like this one is finally happening. If nothing else, we're happy that Dan Aykroyd has finally got his wish. It's been a long time coming...Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Ghostbusters 3 saga continues to rumble on and on, with Variety reporting that Sony has been in discussion with Paul Feig to occupy the director's chair.
Interestingly enough, the report goes on to claim that the film will not be a sequel, as had previously been reported, but will instead be a total reboot of the franchise.
According to Variety, the new film will position a group of comedy actresses in the ghostbusting roles, with a new script to be written from scratch.
That would certainly seem to fit with Feig's MO, after his success with the likes of Bridesmaids and The Heat, although we would hope that there's still room for Dan Aykroyd in there somewhere...
The report does mention that official negotiations have yet to take place between director and studio, so nothing has been set in stone as yet.Source: www.totalfilm.com
A few Ghostbusters 3 snippets to bring you this morning, with Sigourney Weaver and a number of her co-stars talking some bits and bobs about the forthcoming sequel.
First off, Weaver reveals that her character's son will play a key role in the new film. "I said, I have one condition'," says the star. "I want my son Oscar to be a Ghostbuster, and [Ivan Reitman] said, 'We've already done that'."
Next up is a quote from screenwriter Etan Cohen, who says that he and Reitman are, "together for hours every week, working on it really closely," while also revealing that Dan Aykroyd is overseeing the writing process.
Then there's Rick Moranis, who has speculated on just where Louis Tully might be now: "He's in prison, a cellmate of Bernie Madoff's. They compete to see who can make their bed first in the morning."
And finally, Ernie Hudson hopes that Winston Zeddemore has become, "the C. E. O. of the Ghostbusters franchise. I just hope that he wouldn't be on a walker or [in] a wheelchair. And hopefully we'll still be able to wear the backpacks."
We'll see just who's on the money when the film finally arrives in cinemas. No word on that release date just yet, but we live in hope...Source: www.totalfilm.com
After years of rumours and speculation, Ivan Reitman has confirmed that he will not direct Ghostbusters 3.
The director of comedy classics like Kindergarten Cop, Junior, Twins and the previous two Ghostbusters movies will leave the project, but will stay on-board to help Sony's Amy Pascal find a new director.
Citing his reasons, the long-running 'will he/won't he?' confusion regarding Bill Murray's involvement prompted script re-writes, but it was the recent and saddening passing of Reitman's friend and Ghostbuster Harold Ramis that prompted his decision to leave.
Speaking to Deadline, he said: "A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters."
Regarding the script overhauls, Murray's involvement (or lack of) instigated a series of rewrites that ensure the new threequel will be very different to what was originally intended.
"The first was done by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and me, Harold and Dan helped them on it," Reitman said. "It was a really good script, but then it became clear that Bill really didn't want to do another Ghostbusters and that it was literally impossible to find him to speak to for the year or two we tried to get it going. When Bill finally...well, he never actually said no, but he never said yes, so there was no way to make that film. We decided to start over again, and I started working with Etan Cohen, with Dan lending a helping hand. Harold got sick about three years ago, and we kept hoping he would get better. I kept pushing forward on the Etan Cohen and we now have a draft that is very good, that the studio is very excited about."
As for what we can expect, Reitman's intent on creating something very much in the same emotional and tonal ballpark as the originals.
"It's a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role," he said. "I'm not going to say how many Ghostbusters there will be in the new cast, but we are determined to retain the spirit of the original film, and I am pleased that all of this seems to have happened organically. I'm hoping we can get started by the fall, set in New York, but given the logistics and the stuff that happens, the beginning of 2015 seems more likely."Source: www.totalfilm.com
Dan Aykroyd's tireless crusade to get Ghostbusters 3 continues to rumble on, with the star telling ABC News that he feels "reinvigorated" by the work that has been completed so far.
"I know that we're expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very soon," says Aykroyd, enthusiastically. "It should be into production by the fall and be shooting by the new year.
"It's very exciting," he continues. "The Higgs Boson and the particle theories, gluons and mesons, that really gives us a scientific base in terms of our fictional storytelling, to open up to another dimension and have something horrible coming through."
With Ivan Reitman thought to be in place to direct and a script seemingly coming along, having been contributed to by seemingly every aspiring screenwriter in Hollywood, could Aykroyd's labour of love finally be coming to fruition?Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters 3 seems to be having a more tortured existence than a ghost locked deep inside the 'busters Containment Unit.
First, Dan Aykroyd said they had an excellent script, which Bill Murray promptly shredded.
Sigourney Weaver said that a decent script may well exist, but if it does, she hadn't read it.
Then Aykroyd announced that Bill was out.
But then Bill said he might do it, if they rewrote the script.
Then Dan hired the writer of Men In Black 3 to create a completely new draft.
And now, finally, it looks like they've got a script that's worthy of shooting. Only trouble is, Bill's out again.
"We've got a brilliant new writer [Etan Cohen] on it and we'll be passing the torch onto a [new] generation," Aykroyd said.
"We're working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year."
"We've got the studio on side. We've tried a few concepts which weren't right but now we've got a good structure and will make it happen," he continued.
Asked if Bill Murray was on board, Aykroyd replied: "No, I can tell you he won't be involved."
"It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill."
"My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn't seem to be coming and we have to move on. It's time to make the third one."
If you read all of those links above, you see a very sad pattern forming.
Dan says the project has a great script, which will shoot in the next year. Then someone from the franchise pops up to say that it doesn't and they won't. Then Dan responds that they're doing it for the fans, and they'll write another draft. Then the cycle starts all over again.
Let's hope that this time, the project can actually move forward. Either that, or it should be left to die in peace. And then shot in the face with a laser-cannon if it tries to come back to life again.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters 3 has a new screenwriter in the form of Men In Black 3's Etan Cohen, who has answered Dan Aykroyd's (increasingly desperate) call to help lick the long-gestating sequel into shape.
A few weeks ago, Bill Murray revealed that, "they just don't have a really good script", referring to the work done by The Office: An American Workplace duo, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. It was a reflection echoed by Aykroyd's decision to hire a new writer, as announced earlier in the month.
"It's got to be perfect," conceded Aykroyd. "That's the whole thing. There's no point in doing it unless it's perfect. So that's what we're up to now." Cohen is the man charged with improving things, arriving fresh off the back of his duties as the sole credited writer on Men In Black 3.
The new Ghostbusters film isn't the only supernatural comedy Cohen is currently working on at present, as he's soon to make his directorial debut on the imaginatively titled Boy Scouts vs. Zombies. Cohen's previous work has included scripts for Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy.
Aykroyd will be hoping that Cohen can reinvigorate the screenplay and reignite interest in a project that seems to have been mired in development hell for some time now.
And if he can write something that sells Bill Murray on the idea, so much the better... After all, his name convinced the star to lend his voice to Garfield, as he was mistaken for a Coen brother.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters is pretty much everyone's favorite film. Ghostbusters 3, on the other hand, is probably Bill Murray's least favorite film. Seriously, we reckon he hates it more than Garfield 2: A Tail Of Two Kitties.
Because it seems Murray can't get through an interview without someone asking him to put on a proton pack, and his recent appearance on The David Letterman Show wasn't any different.
Still, Murray was game enough to answer Dave's GB3 question directly, and even give us an update on the project in the process.
"That's about all they want to know at Cannes, too...But, um...They just don't have a really good script. It's hard. Even the Second Ghostbusters wasn't as much fun for me as the first one. It's hard to make a sequel. That first one was really funny. It was just so darn funny, it's hard for me..."
Letterman pressed Murray for more information, and that's where it got interesting. "We'll try again."
Those three words should give hope to all the fans currently praying to Gozer for Peter Venkman's return.
It sounds to us like a rewrite is taking place. And, more significantly, Murray hasn't closed the door to appearing if it's any good.
Which is great news, as the last we heard, he'd shredded the script and sent it back to Dan Aykroyd.
So, it sounds like a case of "Who you gonna call? Script doctors!"Source: www.totalfilm.com
It would seem that the development hell of Ghostbusters 3 has hit another hurdle, with Dan Aykroyd confirming Bill Murray does not want to make the sequel.
Aykroyd has been trying to get the sequel made since 1999 when he wrote a draft of the script. He recently discussed Bill Murray's unwillingness to be involved which halted possible production, 'At this point it's in suspended animation. The studio [Sony], the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel that must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie.'
Despite this, Aykroyd is keen to stress that he holds no grudge against Murray for his decision, 'He's a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn't want to know.'
With rumours of Bill Murray being possibly recast, Aykroyd was quick to counter, 'We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect, there is still interest from the studio.'
There's also the possibility Sony may just reboot the franchise, since the original concept of Ghostbusters 3 saw the old gang passing down their proton packs to a new generation.
Ghostbusters II was released in 1989, five years after the original movie. The two films went on to gross nearly half a billion dollars at the box office.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Anyone hoping to see the old Ghostbusters lineup reunited for Dan Aykroyd's tortured sequel might be waiting a long time, as Bill Murray appears to have ruled out a return once and for all.
According to The National Enquirer, Murray had been sent the latest version of a script for Ghostbusters 3, co-written by original stars Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. However, his reaction wasn't exactly favourable.
Murray reportedly shredded the script, re-packaged it and mailed it back to Aykroyd and Ramis along with the following note: "No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts."
Murray's decision would represent a significant blow to Aykroyd's hopes of getting this one off the ground. Sigourney Weaver had recently expressed an interest in returning to the cast, but only on the proviso that Murray was in place to play Venkman.
However, Aykroyd seems hell bent on delivering a third Ghostbusters movie, so we doubt he'll be giving up just yet...Source: www.totalfilm.com
In August Dan Aykroyd predicted that Ghostbusters 3 would be going into production in 2012 (joy!) but it seems actress Sigourney Weaver doesn't share his optimism (pain!) and has cast doubt on the whole project. "I have yet to read the script," the actress who played Dana Barrett in the first two Ghostbusters films told Coming Soon.
"I've had a couple of calls and I know they're rewriting. All I said was that I hope my son Oscar has grown up to be a Ghostbuster and Ivan Reitman said yes. Beyond that I have no idea. I hope it comes together, but we already did two wonderful films and if we have to let this one go, that's fine." Weaver also confirmed she'll return in the Avatar sequels, even if that surprises those who saw the first film.
"Don't worry, I will be back. Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction. He's told me the stories for the next two movies and I have to say that they're absolutely wonderful and there's a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them," she added.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Bill Hader has cleared up rumours that he's appearing in Ghostbusters 3, revealing: "I have not gotten a call."
The Saturday Night Live star spoke to Entertainment Weekly about whispers connecting him to the long-in-development threequel, stating that he'd do it "in a heartbeat".
For now, though, he's not heard anything. "I read about that on the internet just like everybody else," he says. "I don't know where that [rumour] came from.
"I have not gotten a call. I don't know anything about the plot. I was very flattered to have people talking about me online in conjunction with that project.
"I love the Ghostbusters franchise and was so excited to hear there might be another one."Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters 3 plagued newsmongers all the way through 2010, as stop-start rumours refused to die.
Well, it's a whole new year, and director Ivan Reitman finally seems certain that Ghostbusters 3 is finally good and ready to go.
Why? Well, he's read the script, and praises it as "really good".
"All the original characters have parts," he tells Coming Soon. "As well as a whole bunch of new characters. It's got a really good story, this one, maybe the best of the whole series. I hope we get to do it."
The director also took the time to discredit internet rumours claiming that Bill Murray has read and hated the script:
"He has not read a thing. There is almost nothing that is accurate online about that film."
While we tend to disagree about that last bit (we try our best, honest), it's at least promising that a decent script is now circulating, with Reitman clearly interested. Now where's that green light?Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters 3 could be heading in front of cameras as early as May 2011, if new reports are to be believed. The much-beleaguered threequel, which has yet to even receive an official greenlight, is apparently being set up by Sony to head into production May next year. Last we heard, star/scripter Dan Aykroyd was re-writing a script from The Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, though Bill Murray was still branding the project a "myth" that had no hope of getting made. According to Production Weekly, though, Sony "is planning to put Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters 3 into production in May 2011". Does that mean Aykroyd's submitted his draft and it's been approved? Or are the studio just throwing a date around to keep Ghostbusters 3 in the headlines?Source: www.totalfilm.com
22 August 1973
Kristen Carroll Wiig
5' 5" (1.65 m)
26 August 1970
Melissa Ann McCarthy
6 January 1984
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11 August 1983
6' 3" (1.91 m)
21 September 1950
William James Murray
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Andrés Arturo García Menéndez
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Daniel Edward Aykroyd
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Anne Hampton Potts
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Susan Alexandra Weaver
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