We were pretty sure it was happening, but now it’s confirmed – the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel will see a female group of ‘busters taking on sundry ghosts and ghouls, with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig set to direct.
Feig made the announcement on Twitter after months of speculation, and confirmed that he was also being joined by writer Katie Dippold, who he worked with on Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy cop comedy The Heat.
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
While fans will be glad to see the long-awaited sequel, the cast change is likely to be divisive, but even before the news was officially announced Feig was already defending his choice on Twitter.
Interesting how making a movie with men in the lead roles is normal but making a movie with women in the lead roles is a "gimmick." #its2014
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 3, 2014
Earlier this month, original series actor Bill Murray welcomed the idea of a new female team, even making a few suggestions (as did we):
“I’m fine with [a female-led Ghostbusters 3],” he said. “I would go to that movie, and they’d probably have better outfits, too.”
“Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny – God, she’s funny!” he told the Star during the Toronto Film Festival this weekend. “I like this girl Linda Cardellini [from Mad Men] a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there.”