Is a women-only Ghostbusters on the way?

Who you gonna call? Well, Sandra Bullock would be good. Kristen Wiig could certainly kick ghost butt. And Melissa McCarthy is a no-brainer.

Paul Feig, director of smash lady-centric comedies Bridesmaids and The Heat (plus, fact fans, once a minor character on Sabrina the Teenage Witch) is apparently in talks to revitalise the 30-year old dude-dominated franchise, this time with women wielding the proton packs.

As The Hollywood Reporter, er, reports, Ivan Reitman, who directed the original movie and its 1989 sequel, said back in March that a threequel was on the way. But he’s since parted ways with Sony, the studio making the film, and they’re now chatting up Feig about bringing his hit-making skills to the project.

The script, which was written by the creators of Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher, has apparently been altered since the death of Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler in the original(s). It will be a reboot, with at least one of the remaining gang making an appearance – Dan Ackroyd is apparently enthusiastic, while Bill Murray is keeping schtum.

I love the idea of a mainstream action comedy with three female leads, and Feig seems like a good fit for the job. But remaking a cult classic is tricky territory, and if this isn’t brilliant it will only fuel the fire of internet comment misogyny. Plus, I think we all remember what happened with Footloose.

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Diane Shipley

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