The production of a female “Ghostbusters” reboot is set to begin this week. Director Paul Feig took to Twitter to confirm the beginning of the shoot. In the post, he can be seen dressed in a three-piece suit and appears to be holding a glass full of ectoplasm-like material. He can be seen taking it out with his hand, hinting at the appearance of Slimer in the film.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 17, 2015
The Boston Herald also revealed plot details of the film, in which characters played by Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig will write a book suggesting that ghosts are real. A few years later Wiig’s character will get a job at Columbia University but she will be “laughed out of academia” when her book resurfaces.
Wigg’s character will reunite with McCarthy’s character and two other "phantom wranglers" -- played by Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" -- to save Manhattan from the invasion of ghosts.
The plot details have yet to be confirmed. It has also been reported that the film is set in New York but the major shooting will take place in Boston.
Feig said he is excited about the project. “My favorite thing to do is work with funny women,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
The film will reportedly be different from the original 1984 “Ghostbusters” film, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis. “I love origin stories. That’s my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, let’s just restart it because then we can have new dynamics. I want the technology to be even cooler. I want it to be really scary, and I want it to happen in our world today,” Feig said.
Meanwhile, it is also rumored that Aykroyd and Murray may make cameo appearances in reboot. Ramis died at age 69 in February 2014.
The forthcoming film is scheduled to hit theaters July 22, 2016.