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Paul Feig targeted to direct female-led 'Ghostbusters' reboot

Paul Feig eyed for 'Ghostbusters 3'
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Who ya gonna call?”Bridesmaids” Director Paul Feig apparently.

Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter reported earlier today that Sony Pictures have their eyes set on Feig to direct “Ghostbusters 3.”

Negotiations have not begun for Feig to direct the film, however, he currently sits atop the studio’s wishlist.

The film had the director of the first two “Ghostbusters” films Ivan Reitman attached to direct—that was until March 18 of this year when he dropped from the project. A slew of websites pointed to “22 Jump Street’ and "The Lego Movie" duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as Reitman’s replacement, but it is said those reports were false.

The report adds that sources claim the new film will follow a team of female Ghostbusters.

The script was penned by writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg—they wrote Sony’s “Bad Teacher”—the screenplay was revised after the passing of one of the original cast members Harold Ramis on February 24.

It was said the new film would focus some of the original Ghostbusters as they pass the torch to a younger generation of Ghostbusters. It is not clear how much that has changed with Sony’s new plan—but franchise star Dan Akroyd has been involved since the beginning, however, Bill Murray is not committed to the project.

It has been three decades since the release of the original “Ghostbusters” in 1984 and times have changed—Universal’s Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy” opened to an astounding $43 million domestically slaying the testosterone fueled “Hercules” this summer—Feig’s “Bridesmaids” collected $288 million worldwide—numbers that’ll give any studio executive the confidence to give the green light to a female-driven “Ghostbusters” reboot.

Feig’s next film “Spy” is set for a Memorial Day, 2015 release.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Box office numbers provided by Box Office Mojo.

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