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
With one small tweet, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) announced that the Ghostbusters are back and that this time they will be packing some feminine intuition. Katie Dippold, the writer on The Heat, will replace Dan Aykroyd, who had been plugging away on his own script for more than 15 years.
Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman formally recused himself from the director’s chair earlier this year, giving the studio the opportunity to move the project into other hands without alienating a key contributor.
It is unknown how Aykroyd will take the news. Ghostbusters was his brainchild and passion. But Aykroyd’s version of the sequel was looking increasingly improbable. Bill Murray wanted no part of it; Harold Ramis passed away; and the studio seemed less and less inclined to even try to rekindle the old magic.
Murray is probably relieved that people will stop pestering him to make a movie he clearly wants no part of, and explicitly endorsed the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters at the Toronto Film Festival. He even made casting suggestions of St. Vincent costar Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone.
Given McCarthy’s previous relationship with Feig, she feels like a shoo-in. As for Wiig, she told the media, “I will do whatever Bill Murray tells me to do.”
Stay tuned for more Ghostbusters news as it is revealed.