08/02/2014 04:44 pm ET Updated Aug 02, 2014

Paul Feig Reportedly In Talks To Direct Female-Centered 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

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Paul Feig has already established himself in the realm of female-driven comedies, and now it looks like he might bring some women into the ghost-catching business.

According to Variety, the director of "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat" is in talks with Sony to direct a "Ghostbusters" reboot. The trade reports that the film will most likely feature female comedy actresses in the lead ghost-busting roles. The Variety scoop differs slightly from The Hollywood Reporter's version of events, which claims that Feig will actually direct the long-gestating "Ghostbusters 3," and not a reboot.

A third "Ghostbusters" movie has been in development at Sony for years. Previously, original director Ivan Reitman was attached to the project. Following the recent death of "Ghostbusters" star Harold Ramis, however, Reitman bowed out from directing duties. A handful of other filmmakers have been rumored to take over for Reitman on the third film, including Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("22 Jump Street," "The LEGO Movie"), who also stepped away from "Ghostbusters 3," and Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland").

It's still unclear whether Feig's "Ghostbusters" film will be a continuation of the original series or a female reboot. A representative for Feig would not provide an on-record comment on the matter when contacted by The Huffington Post, but added that "Ghostbusters" is not confirmed as the director's next film. Feig "has an ongoing relationship at Fox where they have several new scripts they're trying to put together to go immediately while he posts 'Spy,'" the rep wrote in an email. "Spy" is Feig's next film, a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy that's due out next year.

[via Variety, THR]



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