Katie Dippold Hired to Pen Ghostbusters Reboot for Paul Feig

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If you’ve been anxiously awaiting good news regarding a new Ghostbusters movie, then you’re in luck, as a few things have fallen into place, with actual details instead of mere rumors.  The bad news?  It’s not Ghostbusters III.  Yesterday, the news dropped that Sony had hired Katie Dippold (who wrote The Heat) to write the script for the new Ghostbusters movie, that has Paul Feig set to direct.  This is the most forward movement we’ve seen regarding new Ghostbusters in a LONG time, so understandably people were excited.  

It’s been rumored for a while now that the new film would in fact be a reboot, starring an all female cast, and now Paul Feig has broken his silence and confirmed these things to EW

“My favorite thing to do is work with funny women,” said Feig. “I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women? Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun. And then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It’s not coming into the world that existed before. It’s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there’s talk of ghosts but they’re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?”

Ghostbusters Reboot

While a big part of me is very excited for a new Ghostbusters film, I can’t help but feel bummed out as well.  All female cast?  Fine, no problem.  Modern day adventures?  Great.  Reboot?  Well damn.  Seriously, I’m not digging the trend in Hollywood these days were every franchise needs a reboot instead of a continuation.  There are still stories that could be told within certain franchise.  It’s harder to do, but not impossible.  Sometimes I feel it’s laziness for them to just go back to the beginning.  Ghostbusters in particular could have kept going, moving on from the stories of the past, and giving us a great “passing the torch” movie that would lead into the new generation.  As for the rumored cast, this is what he had to say:

“It’s an awesome cast…I’ve got a lot of ideas on that but nobody set in stone. That’s part of the fun for me is figuring out what’s the best combo, what’s going to be relevant and fun. Bottom line: I just want the best, funniest cast. For me it’s just more of a no-brainer. I just go, ‘what would make me excited to do it?’ I go: four female Ghostbusters to me is really fun. I want to see that dynamic.”

So he’s still playing coy regarding reports that Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone have been approached to star in the new film, but with a screenwriter in place and all things moving forward, I’m guessing we’ll hear more official news sooner rather than later.  If you were hoping to see the original cast in action again, there may be some hope.  Feig said any actors who wanted to participate would be welcome “with open arms”, but it wouldn’t be in the same roles (obviously), and new parts would have to be written for them. 

There’s more information he discusses over on the full EW article, so I encourage you to check that out for more.  I just felt these would be the most pertinent details for you guys.