'Ghostbusters' Remake Release Date, Early Story Details, and a Wild Casting Rumor

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 19:54 Written by  iamrogue
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'Ghostbusters' Remake Release Date, Early Story Details, and a Wild Casting Rumor

Having locked down a cast of very, very funny women to star, Sony Pictures has now scheduled Ghostbusters for a high-profile release next summer.

If you don't want to know anything vaguely resembling a spoiler between now and then, just know that the reboot is going to star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon and it's going to hit theaters on July 6, 2016.

If, however, you're curious what the remake looks like at this larval stage, then read on for some rumors about just how Paul Feig is rejiggering the material, including some big details about the ghostbusting quartet, the acclaimed actor being sought to play the villain, and the original 'Buster who might – maybe, possibly, almost-certainly-not but maybe – show up in the reboot, but not as his classic character.

Shortly after the director announced his cast yesterday, HitFix ran a surprisingly detailed peek at what Feig and co-writer Kate Dippold have come up with so far.  Stretches of the article were redacted not long thereafter, but this being the internet, that was like trying to remove pee from a pool. 

Let's jump right into the psychoplasmic slime, shall we? 

The nominal hero of Feig and Dippold's Ghostbusters, at this stage, is reportedly named Erin Gabler, and she's an academic who specializes in the paranormal at Columbia.  Her former partner and colleague, Abby Bergman, is less respectable, chasing ghouls in more of a hokey Ghost Hunters capacity.  Jillian is Abby's new, less experiencing partner.  And Patty is the New York City subway employee who first encounters the main ghostly threat in the movie.

Take your guess at just which actress will play just which character. 

Keep in mind, though, that the remake doesn't start shooting until this summer.  Between now and then, these characters are going to be tailored to suit the people playing them just the way Raymond Stanz or Egon Spengler fit Dan Aykroyd or Harold Ramis like gloves.

The villain here is described as "a creepy mechanical genius," and Sony is said to be eyeballing Peter Dinklage, Tyrion Lannister himself, to play the role.  Dinklage would be a big get, but Feig and Sony are allegedly aiming very, very big in casting Martin Heiss, a "professional supernatural debunker" who sets out to expose the Ghostbusters as frauds after seeing their videos online.

If a redacted bit of rumor is to be believed, the studio is after Bill Murray to play Heiss, who is sort the reboot's equivalent to Walter Peck, William Atherton's dickless EPA stooge in the first and everlasting Ghostbusters.

For years, when this project was still Ghostbusters 3 and not Ghostbusters Begins, Murray was the sole holdout among the original players.  In fact, he pretty singlehandedly kept the thing from happening by not even bothering to read the script.  Still, that was when it was a sequel, and the characteristically unpredictable Murray has sounded enthusiastic about the reboot.  Casual enthusiasm and actual participation are way, way different, obviously.

The idea of involving Murray in a non-Venkman capacity actually gets at a major dilemma facing Feig, Dippold, and the remake as a whole.  Like last year's RoboCop, it faces the nearly impossible task of reinventing the material while still retaining beloved iconography and the harder-to-pin-down essencé de Ghostbusters.  In the early work glimpsed by HitFix, this involves elaborate backstories for the logo, Ecto-1, and the firehouse. 

Piling on backstory has been a go-to for many, many do-overs in the decade since Batman Begins.  Could it work for Ghostbusters in a way it didn't for RoboCop?

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