The hack upon Sony, which is being called "The Hackening," has produced some interesting behind-the-scene information on Spider-Man and the new James Bond film Spectre, but we haven't seen much on their Ghostbusters franchise ... until now! An email from October 8, 2014, from Sony Entertainment Chairman Amy Pascal to producer Ivan Reitman, reveals some more information about the female-led reboot, which will arrive in theaters in the summer of 2016.
“Agree that everyone is way too nervous about how this issue and how we. present it but it's isn't a sequel to the 80s movies and it is gonna be totally original with completely different characters and our job is to find a clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise so that we can use all the assets and everything that is great about the original franchise,” the email read. “Paul's movie is gonna be the first one and from what I'm hearing jennifer lawrence and Emma stone and Melissa McCarthy and Amy schumer and liszzy [Lizzy] Kaplan just to name a few have already said thy wanted to be in....”
Pascal, who isn't a fan of spelling, boasted that Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games"), Emma Stone ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), Melissa McCarthy ("Tammy"), Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer") and Lizzy Caplan("Mean Girls") have all expressed interest in the Ghostbusters reboot. We knew from the other day that Jennifer Lawrence met with director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids"), and so did Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect"), so the other names mentioned should pique more interest.
Also in the latest "Sony Hack" details to find their way online pertain to Ryan Gosling, the beloved (and notoriously picky) actor who is apparently very keen to work with the studio after meeting with Amy Pascal. In an email exchange between her and Michael De Luca, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, she asks what projects he's specifically interested in and is told: "It’s Ghostbusters according to Ilene." In another email, it's revealed that there is one male part in the planned reboot and it could be that this is the one Gosling is keen on.
In a October 31, 2013 email, from David Steinberg, head of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s legal department, to Leah Weil, SPE’s general counsel, Steinberg voiced his concern about the studios plan to pursue legal action to get Bill Murray to appear in Feig's Ghostbusters reboot. Steinberg believed Sony would be in "much worse shape" if this strategy ever became public.