Bridesmaids director Paul Feig officially confirmed today that he is directing Sony's female-centric Ghostbusters reboot. Katie Dippold, the screenwriter behind last year's comedy hit The Heat, is reuniting with the filmmaker to co-write the script.
Paul Feig himself confirmed the news, along with his plan to cast a new female team of Ghostbusters.
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
We reported in August that Paul Feig was the front runner for the Ghostbusters directing gig. He is now bringing on Katie Dippold to help craft a story that centers on a new female team which won't be connected to the original Ghostbusters and will launch a new franchise.
Last month, original Ghostbusters star Bill Murray suggested that actresses such as Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Emma Stone and Linda Cardellini should be cast as the new Ghostbusters, but it's obviously too early for any serious casting discussions, since the script is still being worked on.
A Ghostbusters sequel has been in the works for several years, going through a number of different script iterations, one of which was set to bring back the original team (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson), and another that was said to focus on a younger crop of Ghostbusters. Ivan Reitman had long been attached to direct, but he pulled out in March, following the death of Harold Ramis in February. Ivan Reitman is still attached to the project as a producer.
Paul Feig will executive produce Ghostbusters alongside his FeigCo partner Jessie Henderson. It isn't ultimately clear if this will be Paul Feig's next movie or not, although our report from March revealed that production is being eyed to start in early 2015.