Speculation on whether the Ghostbusters reboot from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig would star female Ghostbusters can now come to an end. Feig confirmed on Twitter earlier today that yes, the new Ghostbusters will be cast as female and that former Parks and Recreation scribe Katie Dippold will write the script with Feig. “It’s official,” Feig said. “I’m making a new Ghostbusters and writing it with Katie Dippold and yes, it will star hilarious women. That’s who I’m gonna call,” making reference to the iconic call-and-response Ghostbusters catch phrase. Dippold (pictured) wrote Feig’s buddy comedy The Heat, starring Sanda Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and recently wrapped writing the sequel.
The original Ghostbusters debuted in 1984 and starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, who died this past February. Before Ramis’ death original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman was set to reprise that role. It was also believed that Ramis and Aykroyd would make cameos in the film but that the new Ghostbusters would be a younger generation of ghoul catchers. Murray was never fully interested in starring in another Ghostbusters. Less than a month after Ramis died Reitman left the film.
This past August it was rumored that Feig would cast a female team of Ghostbusters, but that had not been confirmed until today. If you read Feig’s statement closely, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean everyone on the main ghost busting team will be a gal. Regardless the new Ghostbusters film reportedly will not be thematically connected to the original two films and instead will establish an entirely new Ghostbusters franchise.
So now that original speculation as to whether the cast would be female is done, let’s start speculating on who our new Ghostbusters will be. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. If you need guidance, you should check out the essay Wendi McLendon-Covey wrote for Laughspin.