You know the drill: If there's something strange, in your neighborhood. If there's something weird, and it don't look good ... who can you call? You call the Ghostbusters, of course — who, since 1984, have been all men.
But on Wednesday, director Paul Feig of "Freaks and Geeks" fame unleashed the equivalent of an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back when he announced that a female-led "Ghostbusters" was definitely in the works.
Fans immediately began to offer their own casting suggestions.
Certainly, some of the names suggested were predictable, and others were inspired. We couldn't stay out of the fray either. It's not like Feig is asking us for casting suggestions, but here we go.
Who you gonna call? The 'Bridesmaids'!
It's hard to resist imagining the hilarious stars of the 2011 hit "Bridesmaids" (which was also directed by Feig) taking on the ghosts, especially Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. We're seeing Wiig in the Dr. Peter (maybe now Pamela?) Venkman role, and McCarthy would put a fun twist on Harold Ramis' Dr. Egon Spengler, warning her colleagues not to cross the streams. We could also find roles for Maya Rudolph and Ellie Kemper, among others.
'Saturday Night Undead'
There are plenty of "Saturday Night Live" alums who could strap on proton packs and take on the supernatural. Imagine Tina Fey as Venkman, Amy Poehler as Spengler, and Rachel Dratch as either Dan Aykroyd's Dr. Ray Stantz or even in the underrated Rick Moranis role of nerdy Louis (Louise?) Tully. Surely we can find a funny male to pull a gender switcheroo with Sigourney Weaver's iconic role of Dana Barrett — or get Weaver to reprise it.
'Ghostbusters' meets 'The Office'
There are so many funny women out there from the much-missed "The Office." We've already mentioned Ellie Kemper, but we'd hire Mindy Kaling and Jenna Fisher to suit up in a ghostly minute, and find roles for Kate Flannery and Angela Kinsey, too. (Though if Angela's anything like her "Office" character, she wouldn't be too excited about being slimed.) And Phyllis Smith put up with Michael, Creed and Dwight as poor put-upon Phyllis of Dunder Mifflin, surely she could take on the Annie Potts role and run the "Ghostbusters" office. Just imagine her answering the phone, "Ghostbusters! Yes, of course they're serious!"
Maximize it with a mix
Or maybe it would be best to go with a mix of those picks with a couple of interesting additions: McCarthy and Wiig could be joined by the likes of the funny and talented Emma Stone and Linda Cardellini (who worked with director Feig back in their "Freaks and Geeks" days).
But we can't take credit for that particular dream cast. Those are the picks "Ghostbusters" vet Bill Murray made when he first heard of the buzz about a possible leading-ladies reboot.
"There are some funny girls out there," Murray told The Toronto Star.
Indeed, and that's the real challenge for Feig and his fellow "Ghostbusters" filmmakers — narrowing it down to just a few.
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