In an interview with AlloCine, Paul Feig revealed that he was originally asked to tackle the original idea for Ghostbusters 3, turning it down to create the all-female reboot being released July 2016. Feig talks about how the original films are so good, any effort to create a sequel would tie you down and that didn’t interest him. Then the idea of a reboot hit and the ideas seemed to start to flare inside of his head:
So finally, one day I was like, it’s a great franchise and it’s a great idea, if I was going to do it, how would I do it? And then I thought, if I could put four women in the lead roles, that’s exciting to me. That I know how to do, and I know how to make that funny. And there’s so many funny women I’ve been dying to work with. Obviously Melissa and Kristen are in it, but then Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, who are so funny. It just seemed like the way to do it.
Now, since the announcement of the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, we’ve heard plenty of complaints, a lot of cost information, and an entire universe has been created around it. We’re also possibly getting an all-male version too, which could possibly incorporate or represent the concepts presented in Ghostbusters 3.
Like they mentioned over at SlashFilm, it’s hard to grasp how this will play out until they start shooting the film later this year. If we’re dealing with an entirely new storyline that is different from the original films, there could be new and interesting avenues to take. Unless angry people burn down the theaters in protest.