Who ya gonna call? When it came to the state of the Ghostbusters franchise, we really didn’t know for the longest time. Rumors had persisted for years that a third Ghostbusters film was coming. That much we knew. But nobody had any clue whether it would it involve the original team of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, or not? Would Bill Murray be alive, or a ghost? Could original Ghostbusters helmer Ivan Reitman return to direct? Or would the baton be passed to a new generation of Ghostbusters?

Eventually, these questions – and many others – were answered… but in the process, a fresh wave of interrogations came along with each new piece of information. A new Ghostbusters team has emerged at Sony. Since the future appears very bright for the studio’s Ghostbusters franchise, let’s take a moment to slap on a proton pack and assess where we stand. First, you can take a look at the most recent trailer for the new film below:
Now, cue up the Ray Parker Jr. CD and dive into our What We Know So Far for the Ghostbusters reboot.

What Is The Ghostbusters Release Date?
Ghostbusters is heading to theaters on July 15, right in the middle of one of the biggest movie-going months of the year. And, because of that, it’s going to have some mighty competition at the box office. Opening on July 1 are The Legend of Tarzan, The Purge: Election Year and the Steven Spielberg fantasy The BFG. A week after that will see the release of animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets, while films opening after Ghostbusters are potential blockbusters Star Trek Beyond, Ice Age: Collision Course and Jason Bourne. Any of these films could take away potential audiences for Ghostbusters.

What Is The Ghostbusters Rating?
Ghostbusters hasn’t actually received an official rating from the MPAA yet, but there’s no reason to worry that you won’t be able to let your kids see the fantasy packed action film. Even though director Paul Feig has become known for R rated comedies Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, he’s said that he wants to keep the film to a PG-13 rating, and since that’s his intention, that’s probably where the film will land on the rating spectrum.

Melissa McCarthy
The New Team, Led By Melissa McCarthy
After months of deliberation – and details leaked by the Sony email hack – the studio finally decided to go with an all-female squad for the next Ghostbusters film. This was a rumored concept for some time, and once the decision was made, casting kicked in to high gear. Because the franchise was handed to Paul Feig (more on him later), the Bridesmaids and Spy filmmaker dipped into his pool of ideal castmates and pulled out some very familiar faces, starting with Melissa McCarthy. The hire makes a lot of sense. In addition to Bridesmaids, Feig and McCarthy have collaborated on the immensely successful The Heat (also with Sandra Bullock) and last summer’s hilarious Spy. Like a rabbit’s foot, McCarthy has brought Feig luck when it comes to his big-screen endeavors… and they don’t come much bigger than a reboot of Ghostbusters. Recently, Feig admitted to IGN that while his new comedy will be an ensemble work, McCarthy’s character acts as the team leader. Does that make her the new Dan Aykroyd, or the new Bill Murray?

Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig
Because there were so many possible directions for a new Ghostbusters movie as Sony moved its chess pieces around the board, we heard a LOT of possible names who wanted to slip into the overalls and sling proton beams at troublesome spirits. Even when it became clear that the studio wanted to push ahead with the all-female version of the team, names like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone were circulated. Eventually, though, Paul Feig went right back to his Bridesmaids well and hired Kristen Wiig to run alongside Melissa McCarthy. Wiig’s biggest hit as a movie actress came with Feig at the helm -- Bridesmaids earned a whopping $169 million domestically back in 2011, though the Saturday Night Live vet has had the most success lending her voice to animated films like Despicable Me 2 and How to Train Your Dragon. Feige told IGN that Wiig’s character will be the audience’s portal into the story. Now we’re anxious to find out what he means by that.

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