Bridesmaids' director confirms all-female Ghostbusters reboot
Who you gonna call?
Yes, that's right. It's official: the Ghostbusters reboot has confirmed its director, writer, and lead characters, and only one of them is a dude.
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
Director Paul Feig, perhaps best known for Bridesmaids, confirmed on Twitter yesterday that he will be rebooting the Ghostbusters franchise with his The Heat writer, Katie Dippold. Dippold has written for “Parks and Recreation” and “MADtv,” so the quality of laughs is all but assured at this point.
Feig confirmed that his Ghostbusters will be female as well, as the reboot will step away from the original characters in order to create new ghost-busting professionals for the millennial generation.
Bill Murray, who has always been hesitant returning to the franchise, suggested that his St. Vincent co-star Melissa McCarthy, his Zombieland co-star Emma Stone, “Freaks and Geeks”’ Linda Cardellini, and Kristen Wiig should be cast as the new Ghostbusters. Given that McCarthy has worked extensively with Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, and the in-production Spy), her casting is a safe bet. Wiig, who worked with Feig on Bridesmaids, is also probable. Oh, and he created “Freaks and Geeks.”
Good picks, Bill.
Unlike Murray, however, Dan Aykroyd has been a impassioned champion of the Ghostbusters reboot, wishing for the original cast to return to their roles. But with the recent passing of Ghostbusters writer and star Harold Ramis, it's understandable that Feig and the Ghostbusters crew would want a fresh start.
But let's still hope for some O.G. Ghostbuster cameos.