Who ya gonna call? Well, we now have a much better idea.
After months (nay, years) of speculating, Ghostbusters 3 has been confirmed. THR reports that Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig has accepted the challenge of updating the Ghostbusters for a new generation, and he’s bringing The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold along for the ride. Feig took the news one step further on Twitter, proclaiming that the new team indeed will be female-led, as many had speculated when his name was attached to the project.
The trade also adds one major twist, should it make its way into the final draft of the screenplay: THR says that this new Ghostbusters will "no longer be connected to the earlier movies but now launch a new series." Does this mean that the surviving Ghostbusters, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson are off the hook and no longer have to appear? Truthfully, I’m OK with that. That ship sailed. Just plug right in with a different franchise of paranormal investigators, and make it funny. We’re in.
Now, the casting speculation can heat up (no pun intended). In addition to writing The Heat, Katie Dippold cut her teeth on Parks and Recreation for NBC, so any combination of Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler or Rashida Jones will do. Hell, get me Retta in a proton pack.
Naturally, we are going to hear suggestions from Paul Feig’s film past, meaning Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne likely are going to hear their names attached to Ghostbusters 3 now that the movie is official. In fact, as you’ll recall, Bill Murray listed them, as well as Emma Stone and Linda Cardellini, when he was building the perfect female Ghostbusting team.
THR couldn’t confirm whether Ghostbusters 3 will be Paul Feig’s next project or not. If they are starting over from scratch with a screenplay, it might take some time. But it all sounds official. What do you think?