Talk of Ghostbusters 3 floundered in the wind for years, with various members of the cast weighing in on what it would take to make it happen… and now it’s not going to happen. Then there was an announcement that Paul Feig and Kristen Wiig were getting together for an all-female squad for a film in 2016. Now there’s talk of Channing Tatum helming a team in the sequel to the 2016 project.

Hey Hollywood, why do you feel the need to split things this way? Why does there need to be a female version and a male version? Why not just make a great version with a team comprised of women AND men?

There’s another rant here somewhere about how Hollywood doesn’t tend to push movies with a healthy racial mix to the cast, but I’m not even going to get into that right now…

Yeah, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are great as a duo. Sure, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy would be even better together as co-leads than McCarthy was with Bullock under Feig. But I could come up with a ton of possible foursomes to group together with talented actors and actresses who could work well together. To make it easier to imagine, here are some teams combined just from shows we’ve already seen:


Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt wearing the suits, with Nick Offerman and Retta as the support staff back in the office, fielding calls and dealing with trying to keep the government from getting involved. Their customers could include Adam Scott, a married couple played by Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, and a cameo from Jim O’Heir portraying a guy who actually did more damage to his house running away from Slimer than the floating green guy did.

Dunder Mifflin Squad

John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling and Ed Helms wearing the suits, with Leslie David Baker (Stanley) back at the station. It doesn’t get much better than Rainn Wilson to play the government stooge that tries to get them shut down, especially with B.J. Novak as his sidekick.

And yes, I realize that I left Steve Carell out of the list. He’d absolutely get at least a cameo. Same with Craig Robinson, who should definitely be a big part of the sequel… OR a different version of the franchise.

Team Cornetto Of Baker Street

Okay, so I realize that I said that I wouldn’t make an all male cast, but it’s almost TOO intriguing not to take Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch and mesh those two groups together. They don’t HAVE to be the four to put the coveralls and proton packs on. One of them (perhaps Cumberbatch due to salary demands involved with large involvement) could easily be the support staff at the station, or the government stooge. Include Keira Knightley, Hayley Atwell, or Gemma Arterton as a badass ‘buster, or even dip back into Freeman’s roots and pull in Lucy Davis.

How I Met Your (Great-Great-Great Grand)Mother Team

Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan, with Josh Radnor as the station support staff and Kyle MacLachlan as the government stooge. Hearing NPH say “suit up” would be a cool moment for HIMYM fans, as would a post-‘bustin’ session at a neighborhood bar.


The Browncoats

The team of Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Jewel Staite and Adam Baldwin – with Alan Tudyk manning the station and Morena Baccarin working the Sigourney Weaver role – it might not be a hugely mainstream choice for a cast, but it would have amazing chemistry. Toss in Sean Maher and Summer Glau as siblings whose Bed & Breakfast is the epicenter for the spectral activity? I think you’ve got a winner.

The Big ‘Buster Theory

I probably wouldn’t want more than one movie with a cast of Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kunal Nayyar and Mayim Bialik as the foursome, but Simon Helberg back at the station with Jim Parsons as the government stooge? I’d absolutely watch the first one. And though it’s not perfect, the dynamic those five have with one another, especially if you get Melissa Rauch and Kevin Sussman (Comic Book Store Stuart) involved, it shows more potential than any all-male or all-female cast I’ve seen strewn about.

Other mixed-gender squads based on existing (or recent shows):

  • Modern Family (Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, with Rico Rodriguez as the station-staffer and Eric Stonestreet as their main client)
  • Breaking Bad (Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt and Dean Norris, with Jonathan Banks at the station, Anna Gunn as the love interest and Bob Odenkirk as the government stooge)
  • The Goldbergs (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Hayley Orrantia and Troy Gentile. Sorry, Sean Giambrone, you’re not quite old enough to make sense as part of the four-man squad)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews and Chelsea Peretti, with Melissa Fumero as the love interest and Joe Lo Truglio as the government stooge… OR the Rick Moranis role)

Don’t at least HALF of those casts sound better than having movies which group together based on gender?

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