McCarthy, Wiig to star in new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, pictured in January 2015.
Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, pictured in January 2015. Getty Images

TORONTO — Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will join former SNL cast member Kirsten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in a new Ghostbusters movie.

Director Paul Feig confirmed the news late Tuesday by tweeting photos of the four stars.

The all-female Ghostbusters will be filmed this summer in New York and is due to hit theatres on July 22, 2016.

Feig directed Wiig and McCarthy in 2011’s Bridesmaids and McCarthy in 2013’s The Heat.

McCarthy hosted SNL, with McKinnon and Jones, last February.

Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Getty Images

A Ghostbusters reboot has been in the works for years, complicated by Bill Murray’s reluctance to commit to reprising his role and the death of original co-star Harold Ramis.

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Last year, Dan Aykroyd told Global News the third movie was delayed because Sony Pictures hasn’t decided “whether they want to drop $150 million on [it] right now.”

The original Ghostbusters, released in 1984, and the 1989 sequel also starred Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Toronto’s Rick Moranis..

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Canada’s Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters movies, is a producer on the new one.

The first two Ghostbusters movies earned a combined $510 million worldwide and millions more from home video and broadcast.