The new version of “Ghostbusters” will star “hilarious women,” director Paul Feig confirmed on Twitter Thursday. Feig also announced he would be co-writing the script with “Parks and Recreation” writer and producer Katie Dippold. The project will focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters, all of whom will be female, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 8, 2014
The cast for “Ghostbusters III” has not yet been announced, but there is speculation the Feig will ask female comedians he has worked with in the past. Dippold previously worked with Feig on “The Heat,” which starred powerhouses such as Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. McCarthy worked with Feig in “Bridesmaids,” which featured a plethora of hilarious women.
Rumors of a Ghostbusters sequel have been circulating for the past few years, but a number of hang-ups hindered the return of the paranormal-fighting foursome. Harold Ramis died and Bill Murray reportedly turned down a number of scripts over the years. Murray eventually said he would not be a part of the project and suggested a number of female cast members he thought would be a good fit.
“Melissa would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny -- God, she’s funny!" Murray told the Toronto Star last month. “I like this girl Linda Cardellini ("Mad Men") a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there.”
The last Ghostbusters film was released 25 years ago and the first-ever Ghostbusters film celebrated its 30th anniversary this summer.