What was once a pipe-dream is actually becoming reality! Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids (the second greatest female-centered comedy of all time after Mean Girls), is set to write and direct a gender-swapped Ghostbusters reboot. Melissa McCarthy has reportedly signed on while Sony is now in negotiations with three more comediennes: Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
Who knows whether the four will be written to parallel the original four characters or if Feig will create all new characters. I could see McCarthy being a fantastic analog for Dan Ackroyd’s Ray Stantz. Venkman and Spengler are less clear. I do so hope that Feig won’t automatically place Leslie Jones in Ernie Hudson’s role, but this is Hollywood, and it sometimes has a hard time being flexible about race (understatement).
If the women do fit a similar character-type set to the original film, let us have Channing Tatum in Sigourney Weaver’s role! I want to see Tatum in some skimpy, shimmery frock being sexually objectified as a demi-god, like in Magic Mike. Let us have Judy Greer as his geeky neighbor in Rick Moranis’s place, hair tousled and boobs oddly askew like in Arrested Development.
Frankly, I think the casting is made of awesome. Bridesmaids was a delight, and Wiig’s and McCarthy’s open-hearted scene near the end was the emotional highlight. I look forward to seeing what the women and Feig make of classic comedy material.