A lot of fans have mixed feelings about a third Ghostbusters movie, but like it or not, Sony Pictures are moving ahead with the project. A number of names have been attached over the past few months, but now a frontrunner has emerged in the form of Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig.

He’s said to be interested in the project, and while no formal negotiations have taken place as of yet, Feig is apparently the studio’s top choice and talks will likely begin sooner rather than later.

The sequel has been in development for a number of years now, and Ivan Reitman – the director of 1984’s original Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters II – was originally attached.

However, he departed the project back in March and the hunt for a new director began. A number of different sites reported that The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were set to take on the third Ghostbusters, but those claims are now said to be inaccurate.

The original script was penned by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, but revisions have been made following the death of original castmember Harold Ramis earlier this year.

Ghostbusters 3 will apparently introduce a new team as they attempt to pick up where the originals left off. Dan Aykroyd has promised to return, but Bill Murray has not committed to the project either way.

UPDATE: Variety adds: “The movie is a total reboot most likely with female characters played by comedic actresses in the ghostbusting roles, according to sources. The script will be written from scratch.” How would you guys feel about them taking the movie in this direction under Paul Feig?