Ghostbusters Reboot Trailer

When the first trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot debuted a couple months ago, the opening moments confused some fans of the original franchise. While we heard that this new film from director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold was supposed to be a reboot with no narrative ties to the original franchise, the first few shots and the bumpers in between referenced the events of the first film that happened 30 years ago. This made some audiences wonder if there was some kind of link between the old and new movies after all, and they weren’t the only ones who were confused.

Melissa McCarthy recently appeared on a radio program to discuss the forthcoming summer release, and in their conversation, she expressed her own confusion from those opening shots in the trailer as well. Find out what she had to say about the Ghostbusters reboot after the jump. Read More »

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The Ghostbusters marketing campaign has offered plenty of footage of our new heroes bonding and bickering and dealing with paranormal phenomena. What we haven’t seen much of is the villain — the evil force behind the scenes who’s pulling all the strings and unleashing all these horrors. But today, we have comments from director Paul Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold that shed some light on this shadowy figure.

Meanwhile, if you’re still holding out hope that the new heroes will someday meet the old heroes, well, Feig says he’d like to see that too. While the upcoming Ghostbusters is a hard reboot — meaning it has no narrative connection to the original films — the filmmaker teased the possibility of a “multiverse” that could lead to a crossover someday.  Read More »

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The trailer for Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters hit the web this morning, but I got a chance to attend a screening and question and answer session yesterday on the Sony studio lot. Ghostbusters fans from around the United States gathered (a couple dozen even flew in) to get a sneak peek at the new trailer and get a chance to meet the filmmakers behind the new film. You can watch the Ghostbusters trailer elsewhere on the site. In this post, I recap what we learned from the discussion that followed the trailer premiere with director Paul Feig, screenwriter  Katie Dippold, and producer Ivan Reitman (who, yes, directed the original two films in the 1980s).

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Amy Schumer vacation comedy

Even though Trainwreck may not be Judd Apatow’s most successful film at the box office, currently sitting with $98 million domestic behind The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, his collaboration with Amy Schumer has an 86% at Rotten Tomatoes, which his second highest-rated film as director. That kind of reception for an R-rated comedy isn’t easy.

But Apatow had plenty of success on the big screen before now, and it’s Schumer who will benefit most from the success of this hilarious flick. She’s already marching onward and upward by getting her next movie together. Fox is working on an Amy Schumer vacation comedy that may team her up with 50/50 and Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine. Read More »

new Amy Schumer movie

Amy Schumer‘s first starring film role, Trainwreck, hasn’t even hit theaters yet but the superstar comedienne is already setting up her next gig. She’ll co-write and star in a mother-daughter comedy at Fox. Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids, will produce. In typical Feig fashion, it’s an action comedy. Read more about the new Amy Schumer movie below. Read More »

Paul Feig Ghostbusters

Paul Feig (Freaks & Geeks, Bridesmaids) is really making the new Ghostbusters film, and it won’t be a sequel featuring the classic cast. Instead, he’s got the idea to reboot the story entirely, focusing on a new and likely all-female team of Ghostbusters. The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold is co-writing, and they’re already at work putting together a script.

There are still many questions about this new Paul Feig Ghostbusters. (Not least is “what will it be called?” That isn’t answered, but given the reboot angle, Ghostbusters III doesn’t seem appropriate.)  The director has given a big interview in which he at least addresses many of those questions, even when he can’t give outright answers. One thing that should be of interest is that Feig really emphasizes the idea of making something that is scary as much as it is funny.  Read More »

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The path to the new Ghostbusters movie has been long and full of detours. Long planned as Ghostbusters 3, with the original team meant to return in some fashion, the sequel is now more like a reboot.

Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and The Heat among others, came on to direct earlier this year. Feig’s plan is to have a female team of Ghostbusters band together to, well, do the same thing that the previous team did. Now Feig has turned to someone he has successfully worked with in the past. The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold will write the new Ghostbusters movie with Feig.

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The Heat

Studios pretty much always hope a movie will do well enough to earn a sequel, but when a studio begins working on a follow-up before the first film even opens it’s a real vote of confidence. And if recent developments at Fox and Universal pan out, we could be seeing two buddy cop comedy franchises take flight in the near future.

The former has already struck a deal with Katie Dippold to script a sequel to the Melissa McCarthy / Sandra Bullock comedy The Heat, which she also wrote. Over at Universal, meanwhile, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are wanted back to pen the Ride Along sequel. They worked on the original, which stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart and opens next January. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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After much talk, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and breakout star Melissa McCarthy have finally settled on a project to bring them back together. The pair are set to team with Sandra Bullock for an untitled new comedy from Parks & Recreation writer Katie Dippold, which will see the two actresses playing a mismatched law-enforcement duo. More details after the jump.

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