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‘Ghostbusters 3’ with a Female Cast?

by Iris Doubleday

Rumors about a possible Ghostbusters 3 movie have been floating around for a long time now. While it’s still unclear whether this revisit of an old favorite will ever become a reality, Sony seems genuinely interested in the project. Even more promising, original director Ivan Reitman and actor/screenwriter Dan Aykroyd have been hinting that it might happen.

The Ghostbusters franchise recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, with a rerelease of the original film hitting theaters and a new, upcoming Blu-ray of both Ghostbusters films being released on September 16. The theatrical rerelease has been so popular nationwide that it was renewed for another week, so if you haven’t seen it yet, head to your local theater and check it out – there’s nothing better than enjoying a cult classic in a theater full of other fans. Amidst all this excitement, the question of whether there will be a Ghostbusters 3 is more pertinent than ever, and now would be the perfect time for the studio to make an announcement before the hype dies out.

If we do get a Ghostbusters 3 in the future, we can pretty much bet on it being filled with new faces. Sadly, filmmaker/actor Harold Ramis passed away six months ago, and Bill Murray has made it pretty clear that he’s not interested in reprising his original role, leaving only Dan Aykroyd as a potential cast member. Even if Aykroyd does appear, it’s likely that he won’t play a significant role. We seem to be looking at a fresh start for Ghostbusters; and it will have to be, as the film would take place 25 years after the events of Ghostbusters 2, so it makes sense that we would see a brand new set of ghost-catchers.

So Who Ya Gonna Call?

Well, so far we don’t know, although Bill Murray has some casting suggestions that I think we can all agree would be nothing less than epic. Responding to rumors about an all-female Ghostbusters 3 cast while attending the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Murray told The Star that he’s in favor of an all-female reboot: “I would go to that movie, and they’d probably have better outfits, too.” He went on to list some of his favorite candidates for this potential film, including Melissa McCarthy, his co-star in St. Vincent, saying that she would be a “spectacular” Ghostbuster. He followed this suggestion with praise for Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Emma Stone (Zombieland), as well as Mad Men star Linda Cardellini, who headlined the cult TV series Freaks and Geeks as well as playing Velma in the live-action Scooby Doo films.

I don’t know about you, but I have to approve of Bill Murray’s suggestions. All of these women are talented actresses who know their way around comedy, and they would make fantastic Ghostbusters. We don’t know yet if an all-female leading cast will really happen (or even if the movie itself will really happen), but Reitman did confirm that “we’ve always talked about having a very strong female presence in whatever Ghostbusters version we’re going to tell.”

It’s fun to guess and speculate about Ghostbusters 3, but all of this speculation begs the question: should the original 1980s Ghostbusters franchise, a staple of sci-fi comedy and a cult classic, be rebooted? It would be exciting to see what could be done with the film, and to introduce the Ghostbusters to a new generation of fans, but as with all sequels it could be a hit-or-miss situation. We live in a sequel-crazy world, and maybe sometimes it’s best to leave our favorite movies as they are. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait and see what will ultimately happen with Ghostbusters 3, and hope for the best.

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