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Throwback excitement in the air is palpable as more information about the new all-female Ghostbusters movie is unveiled. Melissa McCarthy has just signed on for the new take on the classic flick. Rumors abound that Kristen Wiig is also in negotiations for a lead role.
The director for the film is Paul Feig, who brought audiences the hit comedy Bridesmaids, which also featured Wiig and McCarthy in leading roles. Many critics cite the success of the film as an indication to Hollywood that audiences are ready for more comedies featuring female-dominated casts. Feig has also directed episodes of both The Office and Parks and Recreation.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote Tuesday that Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are also in negotiations with Sony for roles. Jones joined the famed SNL crew last year and is currently a feature player. McKinnon has been on the show since 2012.
There have been talks of completing a remake of the movie for years, originally slated to bring back the original cast. When Bill Murray failed to commit, the original director, Ivan Reitman, left the project. Feig signed on to direct the new take on the flick, this time with an all-female cast (such a good idea, right?) and is slated to begin shooting this summer in the New York.
Despite the ongoing casting negotiations, Feig tweeted yesterday that the film will be hitting theater on July 22, 2016. Here’s to the budding female comedy genre!