Will Murray appear in Ghostbusters remake?
WHEN Sony Pictures announced this month plans for another Ghostbusters film with male leads, no one was more surprised than Paul Feig, writer-director of the studio's earlier announced reboot of the classic comedy franchise with an all-female cast.
"It was a surprise," said Feig. "That threw me, I will say."
He is about to embark on his re-imagining of the 1984 cult comedy with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones - all part of NBC's Saturday Night Live family - due for release in 2016.
But even before production begins, Sony has ploughed ahead with plans for a second movie for the following year, with Channing Tatum as a lead actor and Anthony and Joe Russo to direct, reports said last week.
"It's a giant franchise and it's a big world," Feig told Reuters at the annual South By Southwest Festival over the weekend. "I completely understand wanting to create this whole (franchise) just like Star Wars has. But for me, all I can concentrate on is my ladies and how much we're going to kick ass."
At the festival showcasing film, technology and music, the director - best known for his raunchy female-led 2011 comedy Bridesmaids - was promoting his latest comedic effort Spy, starring one of his favourites, McCarthy.
As Feig gears up for Ghostbusters, there's one question on all Ghostbusters fans' lips: Will original star Bill Murray make an appearance?
"We are ready for him. If Bill will show up, Bill is more than welcome. Nothing would make us happier," Feig said.
Talk of a new Ghostbusters movie has been going on for years.
Three of the original Ghostbusters cast - Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis - had indicated interest to revisit their roles, The Hollywood Reporter said. But the fourth cast member, Murray, did not seem as keen.
Ramis died last year due to complications from a disease involving the swelling of blood vessels, The New York Times reported.