BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
We know that Bill Murray is all for a female Ghostbusters movie. And we now know that Ernie Hudsonís kind of opposed. I canít wait for Dan Aykroyd to comment on the new film. His is the next shoe to drop.
Right after The Heat hit, the team got together on an idea for a sequel, and Katie Dippold actually went the distance in writing a screenplay for it. Done deal, right? Not according to Paul Feig.
If they are starting over from scratch with a screenplay, it might take some time. But it all sounds official. What do you think?
Now, some people are opposed to Ghostbusters 3 out a sheer distaste for reboots and sequels, especially long-delayed ones that have the original cast avoiding them like the plague. That I totally understand. But others have a specific brand of rage about this latest news, and it's sinister.
Paul Feig has been on a bit of a roll in the last few years. While his foray into feature filmmaking was the poorly-received Unaccompanied Minors, in 2011 he silenced all critics with the hit Bridesmaids. Not only was that movie a blockbuster success - pulling in $288 million globally on a reported $32.5 million budget - he followed it up with The Heat, which performed on the same high level (making $229 million on a $43 million budget).
Big musical numbers arenít what weíve come to expect from Feig, who has spent most of his career directing movies heavy with funny dialogue and situation-based comedy, but his movies have gotten bigger in scope over the last few years, and this spot makes me wonder if he could tackle a comedy musical that could grab parts of the audience that usually doesnít go for such things.
Comediennes Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin play loudmouths Beth and Gina respectively, and brought a world of wild improvisation to the set that really made an impression on Feig, who'd previously worked with the pair on their Showtime pilot Ronna & Beverly back in 2012.
Iím sure there are many of you out there who felt the same drilled-out feeling deep in the pit of your stomachs when it was announced that Twentieth Century Fox Animation was putting together a big screen version of Charles Schulzís beloved Peanuts comic strip. Perhaps most of you will join me in feeling waves of relief now that The Heat director Paul Feig has signed on to oversee the project and serve as a producer.
Feig is writing the screenplay himself, and it's been said that Martin Campbell's Casino Royale served as a bit of inspiration to him in the scripting. Melissa McCarthy is set to play the titular character, and earlier this week it was reported that her Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne is in talks for a role as well.
The script is being written by Feig, who will also serve as a producer on the project, but specific details about the plot have not yet been released. The director said that he was inspired to make the film by Martin Campbell's Casino Royale, and while the movie will be a comedy it won't be a spoof.
The event itself was a total delight, with Feig sharing his ardent enthusiasm for his comedy smash hits (Bridesmaids and The Heat ), as well as dishing out details on upcoming projects with Topher Grace, Channing Tatum and Jason Statham alongside cocktails and fancy courses like pineapple carpaccio, which is apparently a thing
Feig and McCarthy first collaborated on Bridesmaids in 2011 and got rave reviews for their work together, which led them to reteam on The Heat earlier this year. Obviously the director and the star enjoy working with one another, but right now the only thing that might stand in the way of their next project is McCarthy's commitments to her CBS television series Mike & Molly.
Not only has it won critical praise, but also the R-rated buddy cop caper has proved a big hit for Fox, banking more than $150 million worldwide to date. With numbers like that, a sequel seems a no-brainer, but one half of the funny filmís leading ladies isnít quite on board with for bringing back The Heat.
Obviously this story isnít credible journalism, as it comes from The Onion, but itís such a left field joke that I wonder if fans of The Heat will watch the clip and become utterly perplexed by Feigís dry humor.
Paul Feig is now getting set to write, direct and produce Susan Cooper, a James Bond-inspired spy comedy. While details about the plot are extremely limited at this time, apparently the film is not a parody, but instead a actually described as "realistic" and is greatly inspired by Martin Campbell's Casino Royale.