Female-led 'Ghostbusters' movie is shooting now for a July 2016 release
Writer-director Paul Feig has shared a picture of the new look Ghostbusters uniforms on Twitter.
Feig confirmed in January that the new all-female Ghostbusters crew will be played by Melissa McCarthy, her Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig, and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Feig has since revealed that McCarthy’s character will be the crew’s loose “leader” but insisted that the film will be an “ensemble piece”. Further plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.
Meanwhile, Feig recently announced that Chris Hemsworth has joined the film’s cast and will play the Ghostbusters’ receptionist, loosely stepping into the shoes of Annie Potts, who played secretary Janine Melnitz in the original two Ghostbusters movies. Feig started shooting the female-led Ghostbusters movie earlier this month (June) and Sony has set a release date of July 22, 2016.
Since the film was officially announced, Sony has revealed that a male-led Ghostbusters movie is also being developed. “That has nothing to do with us. That was a real surprise when that announcement came out,” Feig said recently. “We’re just doing our thing and I can’t let that affect me. I don’t know how real it is.”
Ghostbusters first hit cinemas in 1984 and followed three paranormal investigators played by Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, who died last year. The original cast returned to take on the resurgence of spectral activity in New York for a sequel released in 1989. Since then, Murray has been famously non-committal about returning to the role of Peter Venkman, and a mooted third film was stuck in development hell for well over a decade before Feig signed up to shoot the female-led reboot.