As you may have heard, writer-director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) is at work on an all-female reboot of comedy classic Ghostbusters, and those of us who aren’t whining that Feig’s “ruining our childhood” are actually really excited about it. Apart from Feig, the project also includes The Heat writer Katie Dippold and comedy geniuses Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the titular team.
That’s a gang of all-stars if ever there was one, but apparently the team also almost included another actress with lots of proven comedic talent: Emma Stone. Stone, who’s out promoting her latest Woody Allen collaboration, Irrational Man, right now, was an internet favorite for a Ghostbusters role pretty much since whispers of an all-female reboot began circulating, and she event got an endorsement from Dr. Peter Venkman himself, Bill Murray. In a new interview with WSJ Magazine, Stone revealed that she was indeed offered a part in the film (she didn’t say who landed it instead), but she turned it down because, after committing to (among other things) two Amazing Spider-Man films in two years, she just wasn’t ready to dive into another franchise.
“The script was really funny,” she said. “It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment — it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.”
So, the new Ghostbusters goes on without Stone, but with plenty of other talent to keep us interested. In the meantime, we’ll just wait and see if she’s game for taking over the Bill Murray role in the inevitable Groundhog Day reboot five years from now.