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Report: Ghostbusters movie will be a reboot with women in lead roles

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The next Ghostbusters movie is a reboot of the franchise with women in the main, ghost-busting roles, reports The Hollywood Reporter

Paul Feig, who directed the Oscar-nominated 2011 film Bridesmaids, is believed to be Sony Pictures' top choice to direct the film, though THR said formal negotiations have not yet taken place, citing unnamed sources.

No names of any actors have been floated or rumored yet.

However, the Ghostbusters 3 project that would have been a more direct sequel is not confirmed to be canned outright. Variety reports that "it's unclear whether another director will be chosen for that project, or if this reboot takes its place."

What was to be Ghostbusters 3 ran into a number of problems — principally the death of actor (and original co-writer) Harold Ramis in February, and original director Ivan Reitman's departure from the project in March.

Variety, citing unnamed sources, said the script for the new film will be written from scratch.