paul feigThere's been much back and forth about the supposed third installment in the "Ghostbusters" franchise. If there was ever a time to do it, it'd probably be now -- this year marks the original film's 30th anniversary (and the sequel's 25th anniversary, for all those fans of evil paintings) and there's clearly interest there, what with the traveling Gallery 1988 art show and an upcoming Blu-ray box set of the two films, re-mastered and stuffed with special features. But nobody's quite gotten a handle on what the film should be, and, more importantly, who should direct it. But it looks like Sony might have finally nailed down both.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony has zeroed in on a filmmaker that they are keen on shepherding the franchise with: Paul Feig, the director of "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat" (for what it's worth he also happens to be the nicest human currently living on planet Earth). What's even more exciting, however, is the path that Sony seems to be tackling -- one involving a new, all-female squad of Ghostbusters. Yes, this is the very best idea they have had yet, and Feig is the perfect person to bring this conceit to the big screen.

The long, sad history of the project took a dramatic turn earlier this year when Hard Ramis, an original Ghostbuster and one of the original film's co-writers, died in February. A month later Ivan Reitman, who helmed the first two films, took himself out of contention, but said that he would stay on in some kind of creative capacity anyway. While "22 Jump Street" filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were supposedly courted, they ended up either not taking the job or not ever being approached (it's kind of unclear). As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the script has been worked on by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who wrote "The Office" and Ramis' "Year One," and has since had work done by "Tropic Thunder" writer Etan Cohen (we hear this draft is really, really good).

It's unclear whether or not this new conceit will facilitate a completely overhauled screenplay, but we imagine that will have to be the case. Hopefully Sony will make an exciting choice when it comes to who they hire for the script (as long as these people ain't afraid of no ghosts). The studio seems to be keen on filming this thing next year. Maybe Feig will be able to broach the divide and actually get Bill Murray to show up for this one.



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