Paul Feig's All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Lands 'The Heat' Writer

October 8, 2014
Source: THR

Katie Dippold / Ghostbusters

Right at the end of the summer, some big news surfaced reporting that Sony Pictures had hired Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to be at the helm of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot. However, speaking about the future of the Ghostbusters franchise, Dan Aykroyd cautioned that a script still needed to be written. Well, now that time has come as THR reports Katie Dippold, the screenwriter behind Feig's buddy cop comedy The Heat, has been hired to write the film that will not be connected to the first two Ghostbusters movies, but will launch a new series. This still sounds like the best possible approach to keeping Ghostbusters alive.

Dippold just finished writing a sequel to The Heat as well, but she has plenty more experience on television having written on over 50 episodes of "Mad TV," not to mention scripting seven episodes of "Parks & Recreation." Her experience with The Heat combined with her latter experience in the ensemble comedy series on NBC starring Amy Poehler makes her a perfect fit for Ghostbusters. Hell, it would be great if Poehler actually ended up being part of the cast. Bill Murray recently proposed Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig as good female Ghostbusters, though I could use a break from the former in the comedy world. Anyway, it sounds like this reboot is slowly coming together. Sound good?

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  • ragethorn
    I don't know about this. :(
  • TXSteadyEddie
    Sounds really awful to me...more PC crap. 4 female characters: 1 black, 1 white, 1 oriental and 1 hispanic. They have a secretary who is a man who is effeminate...thats my call on this right now. Lets see how close I am.
    • Rock n Rollllll
      This all sounds horrible. I turned off The Heat after about 15 minutes of watching it.
      • Brian Sleider
        I slogged through it, I think it got a chuckle out of me once.
        • Jon Odishaw
          I thought The Heat was pretty good but they'd have to get Harold Ramis back from the dead to get me excited about this.
          • Avi
            the heat was very funny and everybody who thinks it wasn't has asperger syndrome...
          • Rock n Rollllll
            and everyone who thinks it was has a$$hole syndrome.
      • Avi
        what? you turned it of after 15 minits? Now I now they asked you for a role in the walking dead!
    • mooreworthy
      They still use the "oriental" word?
      • AwesomeWave
        Also, oriental is not the preferred nomenclature, please, Asian American.
    • OfficialJab
      Diversity means people who look different.
  • qweqwu
    The Heat was one of the best comedies I've seen in the last 5 years. This is good news for me, I didn't like the original ghostbusters, but this might be good.
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Everything you just said was absolutely dumb.
      • qweqwu
    • ragethorn
      I don't know how to reply to this?
    So this is really happening? OK. No Melissa McCarthy will be a good start.
  • stavi82
    Is there some way to stop this before resorting to taking hostages? I'm not against it, but I think a petition would be easier than holding dozens of people against their will. This is the worst "idea" I have ever read. I'm sick and tired of my childhood being destroyed by Hollywood. GI Joe, Transformers, TMNT, all ruined...
    • son_et_lumiere
      heh heh. at least the never-bettered original isn't going anywhere and we can just have mates around to watch it again the night this *thing* opens. Murray's *never* been interested in the idea of revisiting the series, and with Ramis' sad passing, i hoped we could finally kick this into the long grass. no issue with the female team, i just don't see why we have to disinter yet another film series that's had its day. original screenwriters must be combusting all over Hollywood. Aykroyd seems hell bent on getting *something* made tagged to the Ghostbusters name. the vodka business not working out? with none of the original characters, and unconnected to the original, this has Evan Almighty written all over it. happy to be proven Men In Black 3 wrong, but i doubt it.
      • stavi82
        I think if this atrocity sees the light of day, vodka will see a major boom. Maybe that's what Aykroyd's counting on.
    • OfficialJab
      I wonder how well taking hostages, literally, would work for a message to a movie studio to fuck off? Obviously would be national news anyway. (if you do this don't hurt them) (or not too much, since they're threatening with mccarthhy)
  • ListenToVinyl
    Please god make it stop
  • hselburn
    McCarthy isn't right for this. I'll see it if it turns out well but if this becomes a McCarthy vehicle, I'm out.
  • Nielsen700
    Fuck this.
  • mooreworthy
    Can't top the classic, anything will sound like a bad idea for most. This sjould be left alone and just use the female cast for something original.
  • movieguyryan .
    Producers: "Hey, are you interested in a Ghostbusters reboot?" Me: "No, not really." *walks away* Producers: "How about a Ghostbusters reboot lead by funny females?" Me: *stops and turns around* "...I'm listening.."
  • Bl00dwerK
    No, thank you...
  • AwesomeWave
    Oh fuck no.
  • I'm feeling indifferent. I get that no one wants a reboot, but I'm also half curious. Maybe shoot a scene and let us judge it first? Go!!!
  • Avi
    the heat was very funny and one of the best comedy' s in years! So this is a good idea!
    • Rock n Rollllll
    • ragethorn
  • avconsumer2
    This could be epic. Though, I place the chances of that happening in the <0.01% arena.
  • ragethorn
    I'm disgusted by this. No care to watch it.




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