With one Tweet, years of speculation comes to an end as Paul Feig, director of 2011’s mega-hit Bridesmaids, announces that he and Parks and Recreation writer Katie Dippold are writing the script for Ghostbusters III. Feig has been attached to the new movie since August after Ivan Reitman pulled out last March. Earlier this Summer, it was announced that the new Ghostbusters would be all female, but no official word had yet come down confirming this.
At this point its unclear if any of the surviving original Ghostbusters will be featured in this movie, but with Bill Murray holding out for decades, and the recent passing of Harold Ramis, it seems likely that the new Ghostbusters will stand alone in their own universe unattached to what came before, but given the fact that Dan Ackroyd has been very vocal in the past about the fact that he very much wants to be involved, it would be wise not to rule out at least a cameo from the originals.
Today, Feig tweeted this, that confirmed our hopes that a new movie would come sooner rather than Later:
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.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the original Ghostbusters movie, and saw the film re-released in theaters for a week ahead of the re-mastered Blu-ray release of Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II. The original film and its 1989 sequel were directed by Ivan Reitman, and were written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, and starred Bill Murray, Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Ramis as the Ghostbusters. A third movie has been in the works for decades, but after the death of Ramis earlier this year, Ivan Reitman left the project. Murray had always been the chief holdout with regards to a third movie, even telling GQ magazine in 2010, after a script was sent to him, which rumor has it he sent back shredded because he hated it so much, that Ramis approached him about a new GB movie and that the studio was behind it and ready to start shooting in 2011. Murray told GQ:
Harold Ramis said, ‘Oh, I’ve got these guys, they write on The Office, and they’re really funny. They’re going to write the next Ghostbusters.’ And they had just written this movie that he had directed … Year One. Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone. But it’s the studio that really wants this thing. It’s a franchise. It’s a franchise, and they made a whole lot of money on Ghostbusters.
As mentioned earlier in this article, Dan Ackroyd had been a very vocal advocate for a third outing for the Ghostbusters. In response to Murrays scathing remark about the proposed writers and Ramis, he told Vanity Fair in October 2010:
“I can tell you firsthand, I’m working on the script now and those two — Stupnitsky and Eisenberg — wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime, and the new Ghostbusters and the old are all well represented in it … we have a strong first draft that Harold [Ramis] and I will take back, and I’m very excited about working on it.”
Feig came into the project with the hopes that he would re-invigorate the franchise, and this news certainly seems to have done that. He’s said from the beginning that if he’s directing, the movie will be recast with strong female actors in the lead roles. It would seem that he has made good on that promise.
Dippold, aside from being a writer on award-winning Parks and Recreation, also penned The Heat, which Feig directed, and given her wit and humor, this new Ghostbusters is bound to impress. It’s always been interesting that we haven’t had more Ghostbusters movies, as there is definitely interest in it. It’s bound to make money, and hopefully this will create a whole new universe for the writers to play with giving the opportunity for many more big-screen adventures for our heroes!
This would not be the first time that the Ghostbusters universe featured female Ghostbusters. IDW has been publishing Ghostbusters comics for the last five years (which this writer loves), and in one storyline, when the Busters are abducted by paranormal forces, Janine recruits a new group of Ghostbusters to rescue the guys!
What do you think? Will the world accept and all female group of Ghostbusters? What actresses would you like to see step into the roles? As this story is being written, this Word of the Nerd writer is so excited by this news that the 80’s cartoon The Real Ghostbusters is playing on the TV. This could be the start of a whole new series of Ghostbusters movies and a whole new generation of fans!