Confirming news from last last year, THR says that Melissa McCarthy, pictured above, is in early talks to star in Ghostbusters, the female-focused reboot of the classic comedy, directed by The Heat and Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig.
While she is in talks, there are several hurdles that need to be overcome before McCarthy can reteam with Feig for what would be their fourth movie together.
McCarthy has a very complicated schedule due to her CBS TV show, “Mike & Molly,” and an already pack movie slate, says the site. She is committed to shoot the Universal comedy Michelle Darnell, which is being directed by her husband and Tammy collaborator Ben Falcone.
But sources say that talks are underway that would see McCarthy, who became a movie star working with Feig in Bridesmaids, shoot Michelle Darnell in mid-March, allowing her then to shoot Ghostbusters in June.
The Ghostbusters reboot is said to be an origin story of new characters who take up ghostbusting and not a “hand-off” movie from the original 1984 film (though there is a small chance that surviving Busters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson could make cameo appearances).
THR has also learned that Jillian Bell, below, from “Workaholics,” and “Saturday Night Live” comedienne Cecily Strong are due to meet with with Feig regarding the movie…
Allegedly, the plan is to land “Game of Thrones” fav Peter Dinklage for the villain role. He would play the ghost of a murderer (sort of like Wes Craven’s Shocker, actually) who resurrects a ghost army based on historical characters.