After months of speculation, rumor and even the rare bit of concrete news, it appears as those director Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot is finally starting to take shape. Today, The Hollywood Reporter had word that actress Melissa McCarthy has been approached to lead the all-female version of the horror comedy classic.
This should come as little surprise since Feig’s biggest hit was also McCarthy’s film breakout in Bridesmaids, and was the co-lead of his 2013 film The Heat. But since hiring writer Katie Dippold (writer of The Heat) and getting some confirmation from Feig last October, there has been little more than rumor surrounding the movie’s chances.
This report suggests the film is stepping closer towards actual production, and it notes that a major sticking point in making McCarthy official for the role in Ghostbusters is her heavy shooting schedule. Aside from dates for her hit CBS show Mike & Molly the actress is also committed to star in the incoming Universal Studios comedy Michelle Darnell, which is being directed by her husband and Tammy collaborator Ben Falcone.
Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot has also been linked to the likes of Kristin Wiig, though the only concrete development news beyond McCarthy’s potential has been the director’s promise that his version will amp up the scares from the Ivan Reitman original. The THR report also names Jillian Bell (Workaholics) and Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) as scheduled to meet with Feig for the film, and that Columbia is “compiling back-up names” in case McCarthy cannot star.
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